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Ying Takes over as Triple-I Chief; Names Industry Veteran Harry Dahl to New Post

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Ying Takes over as Triple-I Chief; Names Industry Veteran Harry Dahl to New Post

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Atex co-founder Charles Ying was elected president and chief executive officer of Information International Inc., where he has served as a director since 1990.

Ying succeeds longtime president and CEO Alfred L. Fenaughty, who became chairman of the board, which was made a full-time position. In his new post, Fenaughty succeeded Joseph Engelberger, who remains on the board of the prepress production systems developer, based in Culver City, Calif.

As a full-time chairman, Fenaughty said he "will handle more day-to-day business as triple-I's new president takes our product technology in new directions, focusing on open systems ...."

Among other things, the company is readying a PostScript-compatible recorder of its own, which it will show in June at ANPA/TEC.

An electrical engineer, Ying graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he pursued doctoral work in automata theory. He also attended MIT's Sloan School and Harvard Business School.

With his brother Richard and Douglas Drane, Ying co-founded Atex Inc., where he designed and implemented the basic Atex extentions to Digital Equipment Corp. platforms. In 1981, Eastman Kodak acquired their company, reportedly for about $80 million.

Ying later formed a venture capital firm to finance start-ups in computer-related fields, then retired in 1986 to pursue skiing and wind-surfing.

Under Ying, the company is reported to be focusing on "what customers say they want, not what triple-I thinks they want," and is doing more planning and strategy development.

Supporting that effort in the new position of market planning vice president is Harry Dahl. Before officially joining triple-I two weeks ago,he was input systems vice president at Agfa.

Dahl brings extensive experience from both the text and color sides of the prepess systems business. Before Agfa he was in marketing and sales at Xyquest long-term business spent three years in long-term business planning and acquisitions at Scitex under Efi Arazi. Prior to that he was with Atex and Kodax for about 20 years.

In an interview, Ying explained that he worked with Dahl during the Kodak acquisition and had "followed his career since."

With triple-I customers "getting more and more into color," Ying said he believed Dahl has experience that is "totally relevant to the direction triple-I is going. He's the first guy I called."

Dahl told E&P that he has long been familiar with triple-I's newspaper production systems and visited the company and talked to Al Fenaughty and others in years past.

Founded about 30 years ago, triple-I's products range from its own display-ad and pagination systems to licensed and developed standard-platform editorial, classified and display ad systems to imaging productsd for scanning, imagesetting, page facsimile, and local RIP-to-remote recorder digital fax.

In an earlier statement, Fenaughty said Ying will "concentrate on what nucleus we have, and bring technology down to a broader market, providing more cost-competitive products compatible with open-system standards."

Ying described that "nucleus" as the company's "experience in imaging, recording on film for high-throughput deadline applications . . . particularly, particulary, how to get color images in place in a production environment," with screening appropriate for quality reproduction and attention to "production flow-control issues."

Viewed as a strong suit for triple-I, its imaging technology is not only incorporated in its imagesetters, but, along with Ricoh transmission technology, is also an integral part of its InfoFax facsimile and "digital fax" systems for remote output. …

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