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Simon Larard has joined Floortex as European Sales and Marketing Director.

Larard was most recently VP Sales and Marketing for Bi-silque. He also spent more than 20 years at ACCO during his 25-year career in the OP sector.

Larard’s appointment comes just a few months after Floortex appointed Peter Stubberfield to run its operations in North America. Now the company is looking to achieve further geographical and channel expansion in continental Europe.

Spicers has announced a raft of appointments to bolster support for its reseller partners in 2014.

Former Halfords man and e-commerce expert Jason Bridgewater has joined the UK wholesaler as Director of E-Commerce, in charge of the lead-generating MemoEtc web platform. 

On the product category side, and following on from the appointment in December of Mike Holme as Category Sales Director for Paper, Rebecca Stallard has joined from Newell Rubbermaid as a Category Director, while David Orr is rejoining Spicers as Category Sales Director – Furniture. 

Orr was previously Sales and Marketing Director for Furniture at Spicers and most recently worked for new OP wholesaler Exertis Gem.


Spicers also confirmed to OPI that Merchandising Director Greg Pritchett left the wholesaler in December and that a direct replacement is
 not immediately being sought.

Peter Damman has joined the board of business supplies wholesaler soft-carrier as independent Non-executive Director and will also join the wholesaler’s strategy team.

Dutch national Damman has been a prominent figure in the European office supplies market for the last 25 years, helping to set up Viking in Europe and occupying a series of senior roles at players such as Office Depot, Corporate Express, Staples and Spicers.

Teresa Presas is to leave her leadership role at the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) after ten years
 in charge.

Her replacement will be Marco Mensink who has been CEPI’s Deputy Director General for the last two years.

“Teresa has turned CEPI into a highly credible and constructive partner to EU institutions that lives up to its members’ expectations of bringing added value to the European pulp and paper industry,” said new CEPI Chairman Gary McGann.


Jalema’sMarketing Director Kai Holtkamp left the Netherlands-based vendor in December. The firm said that it was an amicable separation that had occurred due to a “difference of opinion on the strategic direction of the company”.  As well as group marketing, Holtkamp was responsible for the sales effort into the independent channel in Germany. His duties will be carried out by Sales Director Frank Demarteau until a replacement is found.



Esselte’s VP Sales and Marketing North America Ron McCormack has retired from the company.

McCormack had been with Esselte for 28 years, starting in 1985 as a Product Manager and quickly progressing to various leadership roles, including Country Manager Canada, VP Sales US and ending with his final position of VP Sales and Marketing North America.