Print System Division, serves graphic arts and commercial print customers with printing plates (including the rapidly growing KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates), computer to plate (CTP) imaging solutions, electrophotographic printing solutions (EPS), OEM toner, and all equipment services. He reports to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke.
Prior to his current position, he was President of Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Films (GECF), which included Prepress, Entertainment Imaging, Commercial Film, and Global Consumables Manufacturing. Formerly, Mr. Kruchten was the President of the Film, Photofinishing & Entertainment Group (FPEG). In this capacity, he was responsible for profit and loss for all silver halide products. Mr. Kruchten was named President of FPEG in 2009. The Board of Directors elected him a senior vice president in 2009 as well.
Previously, Mr. Kruchten was the worldwide General Manager for Retail Printing and managed the products and services that enable retailers to offer an integrated retail solution to analog and digital photographers. These products and services included kiosks, paper, retail workflow software, service, and support. Before that, Mr. Kruchten was the General Manager for the Consumer and Professional Film business. The Board of Directors elected him a corporate vice president in July 2002.
Kruchten's career at Kodak began in 1982 as a Quality Engineer. In 1986, he moved into a sales position for Copy Products, and over the next five years, held a number of sales and marketing positions within Printer Products and Business Imaging Systems. In 1993, Kruchten became a product line manager for Business Imaging Systems. In 1998, he was named Strategic Business Unit Manager and a divisional vice president of the Capture and Services business within the Document Imaging unit. During his tenure, Kodak introduced a number of scanners, which made the company the world's leading seller of high-speed production scanning. In 2000, Kruchten was named Chief Operating Officer and vice president of the Document Imaging unit. As COO, he led the acquisition of the Imaging division of Bell & Howell. In 2001, Kruchten was named Site Manager, Kodak Colorado Division, and became a divisional vice president of Kodak's Global Manufacturing unit. In 2002, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Encad Inc., a wholly-owned Kodak subsidiary.
Prior to Kodak, Kruchten worked as a project engineer at Inland Steel and as a tool designer for General Motors Corp.
A native of Flint, Michigan, Kruchten has a B.S. in Engineering from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Statistics and Quality Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and he has attended the Executive Management Development program at Penn State University.