SOURCE: Schawk, Inc.

February 14, 2007 16:46 ET

Schawk Appoints Stephen Kaufman as Chief Technology Officer

New Corporate Position Focuses on Strategic Technology Solutions Applied to Global Client Requirements

DES PLAINES, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 14, 2007 -- Schawk, Inc. (NYSE: SGK), one of the world's leading providers of visual brand image management solutions to the consumer products packaging industry, announced today the appointment of Stephen Kaufman to the new corporate position of chief technology officer, reporting directly to Chuck Dale, the Company's senior vice president of global operations.

In this new position, Kaufman will focus on the refinement and continual development of Schawk's overarching vision of strategic technology solutions applied to the requirements of the Company's global clients.

"I am delighted to welcome Stephen to our leadership team, and look forward to working more closely with him," said David A. Schawk, president and chief executive officer. "He has been instrumental in shaping our technology products and services over the last 13 years, working with countless clients and industry partners across many different categories and continents. This experience has made him intimately familiar with the complex requirements of our global clients. As their businesses continue to evolve, Stephen's wealth of knowledge in developing purpose-driven technology architecture, processes and solutions becomes an invaluable intellectual asset for them to tap into.

"We are deeply committed to anticipating and meeting the increasingly complex visual branding requirements of our clients as more of them enter emerging markets around the world," Schawk continued. "We are equally committed to using technology strategically in new and innovative ways to enhance our ability to deliver high value, world-class solutions to all Schawk clients."

Kaufman joined Schawk in 1994 where he has held a number of technology leadership positions, pioneering the development of what was then the industry's first digital asset management system designed specifically to meet the stringent requirements of the consumer products packaging sector. Today, this product is marketed under the name BLUE, and continues to set new standards of excellence. During these early years, Kaufman founded and acted as managing director of the Company's digital solutions group. Most recently serving the Company as vice president of client strategy, Kaufman has spearheaded many leading technology initiatives for Schawk, including streaming soft proofing, implementation of XML-oriented web services for the publication and consumption of workflow data, and construction of Schawk's enterprise service-oriented architecture.

"I am delighted to take on this new responsibility and bring emerging technology tools into the visual brand imaging space," said Kaufman. "I look forward to the opportunity to direct the development and implementation of strategic technology solutions around such pressing business issues as environmental sustainability, globalization, supply chain integration and process automation."

A featured speaker at many premedia industry conferences throughout the years, Kaufman remains an active participant in events and activities related to moving the industry forward on the technology front. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, and resides in suburban Chicago with his wife and family.

Schawk, Inc., headquartered in suburban Chicago, is a leading supplier of visual brand services, including brand consulting and design and an array of digitally-based workflow solutions, all aimed at bringing enhanced value to its clients. Schawk provides these advanced services for the food, beverage, and consumer products packaging, point of sale, and advertising and retail markets. For more information about Schawk, visit www.schawk.com and www.schawksds.com.

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