People and places



People and Places




Spicers has announced that its European Purchasing Director Stewart Barton-Taylor has decided to take early retirement.


However, Barton-Taylor – who has been with Spicers for over 20 years – is not cutting all ties with the wholesaler, and will stay on in a consultancy role for at least the next three years.


Spicers said that a permanent replacement for Barton-Taylor has yet to be named, but that Scott Walker will head up the European purchasing team for the interim period.


Barton-Taylor joined Spicers in 1989 as a Senior Product Manager within the UK merchandising team. He was then promoted to Buying Director before moving into the position of Merchandising Director for the UK business. In 2001, he took up the newly created role of European Purchasing Director.


Spicers has also made moves to strengthen its merchandising and category management teams in the UK.


Greg Pritchett has been appointed Director of Merchandising for Traditional Office. Pritchett joins Spicers from Staples/Advantage where he was Merchandising Director and brings with him a detailed knowledge of the office supplies market. He joined Spicers on 19 April.


Sarah Atkinson has been appointed Director of Merchandising for Technology and Furniture. Atkinson has considerable experience working in an FMCG environment, having previously worked for Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Boots, all within category management trading functions. She joined on 6 April.


Pritchett and Atkinson will report to UK Merchandising Director John Fenton.


The third appointment is that of Louise Thomson to the post of Facilities Management Merchandising Manager from 26 April.


Thomson was previously a European Category Manager at electronics and industrial supplies distributor, RS Components, where she worked specifically in the area of facilities management product ranges.


She will work alongside Merchandising Manager, Derren Stock, and report to newly-appointed Director of Merchandising, Greg Pritchett.


Following these appointments, Spicers has announced the departure of Jamie Boomer, Merchandising Manager. Rob Harradine moved from his current position as Business Machines Merchandising Manager to take over Boomer’s area and responsibilities last month.


Meanwhile, Spicers’ parent company DS Smith has said that new group Chief Executive Miles Roberts will take up his position at the beginning of May.


Roberts will begin on 4 May, taking over from Tony Thorne, who is retiring.


46-year-old Roberts joins DS Smith from private label goods manufacturer, McBride, where he had been Chief Executive since 2005.




OfficeMax’s Chief Diversity Officer, Carolynn Brooks, has been named as one of the recipients of the National Diversity Council’s 2010 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Illinois award.


Brooks was selected for her commitment to community well-being and demonstrated accomplishments in her field exhibiting the highest level of ethical standards and professional excellence. She collected the award during the Illinois Women’s Conference on 24 March where she joined other accomplished female executives from across the state.


Brooks joined OfficeMax in 2001 and was appointed Chief Diversity Officer in 2006, leading the development of the company’s Office of Diversity in conjunction with CEO, Sam Duncan.




Manufacturer rep group The Highlands Group continues take on experienced OP staff.


Vic Hodges has been named as National Sales Director for Cleaning and Breakroom, joining Highlands from paper group Georgia Pacific where he was Sales Director for the OP channel. In his new role, Hodges is responsible for developing sales strategies and driving field execution for the manufacturers represented by The Highlands Group.


Former ACCO e-commerce specialist Cheryl Whyers has also joined Highlands to oversee the rep group’s new e-commerce division.


Whyers spent over 18 years at ACCO, most lately as E-commerce Channel Manager, leading the internet marketing and business development strategies for three leading brands within the e-tailer, superstore, commercial and wholesale channels.


ACCO has nominated United Stationers’ former CFO Kathy Dvorak for election to its board of directors.


Dvorak, who served as United’s CFO from 2001-2007, is currently CFO of electronic components distributor Richardson Electronics.


ACCO has also nominated Cisco’s VP of Office of Globalisation, Sheila Talton, to sit on the board, while current board member Pat Ewers will step down after reaching the mandatory retirement age.


The CEO of US arts and crafts retailer AC Moore, Rick Lepley, stepped down suddenly at the end of March as he announced his retirement.


The former Office Depot EVP of North American Retail will work for the company in a consultancy capacity for the next 12 months.


Another ex-Depot executive Joe Jeffries, who joined AC Moore in 2007 as COO, will take over as acting CEO until a permanent replacement is named.


Phyllis Gurgevich, former Publisher and General Manager of Recharger magazine, has joined the sales team of aftermarket manufacturer Nukote.


Gurgevich has been appointed Regional Sales Manager for the company which emerged from Chapter 11 at the end of last year after losing its long-standing contract with Office Depot. Gurgevich managed Recharger magazine for 12 years. Nukote says her extensive knowledge of the office imaging supplies industry will make her a valuable asset to the company.


Wholesale distributor of OEM and aftermarket imaging consumables Royal Imaging International (RII) has announced that industry veteran Tony Rodriguez has rejoined the company. Rodriguez – who has been in the imaging industry since 1990 – has rejoined RII in a client support capacity.


On-demand sales and business intelligence services provider Acsellerate Solutions has appointed two industry veterans to lead its sales and marketing initiatives.


Amy Brown has been named Director of Sales and will drive the overall sales process and growth plan for the organisation, while Allyson Szablewski has joined the company as Director of Marketing and Communications. Brown has an extensive background in the office products industry, and was most recently a consultant for independent office products dealers.


Likewise Szablewski was previously responsible for sales and marketing for an independent dealer in the New York area, and has also served as the Northeast Division Sales and Marketing Director for SP Richards.