Several Top Photo CD Employees Leave Kodak
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Two top managers, a technician and a dozen other employees have quit Eastman Kodak Co.’s photo CD business, leaving the company with key technical and marketing jobs to fill.
Scott Brownstein, the chief architect of Kodak’s photo CD system; Georgia McCabe, who managed some commercial marketing for the product, and Surinder Dahiya, an expert in compact disc technology, were among the employees who left to work for Applied Graphics Technologies.
AGT is a New York-based company headed by media executive Mortimer Zuckerman.
Applied Graphics does color separations and other fine-tuning before publications such as Newsweek or U.S. News & World Report go to press. It is starting a digital imaging division to apply Kodak’s photo CD technology to its operations.
″What we want to do is move Kodak product into the marketplace,″ Brownstein said.
Brownstein will head the division, which will be based near Kodak’s headquarters in Rochester. McCabe will head marketing and business development for the new Applied Graphics division, while Dahiya will oversee product development.
The other Kodak employees were chosen by Brownstein as a team to help put the technology to work at Applied Graphics.
″We talked to the people we knew could help and convinced them it was a great opportunity,″ Brownstein said. ″I think a lot of those people were looking for a more entrepreneurial environment.″
Digital imaging allows slides, negatives and text to be stored and played on a computer screen or television. The photo CD system uses special compact discs to store the images or information.
Fred Geyer, general manager of Kodak’s CD imaging business, said losing the employees was a normal part of business.
″I think it is an implication of how successful the digital imaging business is as a growing industry,″ Geyer said. ″In high-growth industries you tend to see a lot of spinoff companies just as we did in the computer industry during the ’70s and ’80s.″