People and places




Steve Embree, OfficeMax‘s experienced EVP of Merchandising left the company suddenly in March.


OfficeMax confirmed his departure but did not shed any light on the reasons why he left.


Embree – a former City of Hope Spirit of Life honouree – joined OfficeMax in 2004 following a successful spell at Office Depot between 1991 and 2002.


Pentel of America‘s highly respected COO, Marty Furman, left the company in February to lead a private equity-run firm.


Furman joined the company in November 2005 and is credited with reversing three years of declining sales and profitability at the company, successfully launching the Recycology brand in the US and turning Pentel of America into a more consumer and market driven organisation.


Furman said that he has always been attracted to the entrepreneurial spirit of private equity and that the chance to lead California-based American-De Rosa Lamparts, a distributor of lighting, ceiling fans and accessories, was "simply too good an opportunity to pass up".


Manufacturer rep group Highlands has added to its team in the northeast of the US with the appointment of Nick Rafael.


Rafael has joined Highlands as Account Manager. Based in New York he will be managing the New York and New Jersey markets.


Rafael has 30 years of office products experience and was most recently General Manager of SP Richards’ facility in Middletown, New York. He has extensive experience with both the mega dealers and the independent dealer communities in the northeast.


Avery Dennison CEO Dean Scarborough has been elected as the company’s new Chairman.


Scarborough will succeed outgoing Chairman Kent Kresa whose retirement takes effect on 22 April at Avery’s annual shareholders meeting. After becoming Chairman, Scarborough will continue in his CEO and President roles.


Avery also announced that David Pyott, CEO of healthcare company Allergan, has been named as its lead independent director.


ACCO has announced that its EVP, Product Generation Organisation, Kriss Kirchhoff, has voluntarily resigned from the company.


Kirchhoff first joined ACCO in December 2006 as President of the Document Finishing Group before switching to head up the newly formed Product Generation unit when the company restructured its reporting divisions in October 2008.


His resignation is effective 30 April.


Experienced imaging supplies executive Scott Odom has joined aftermarket manufacturer Clover Technologies.


Odom has joined the company as VP, Strategic Accounts, based at the corporate headquarters near Chicago.


Odom has 25 years’ experience in the imaging supplies sector, most recently as Chief Sales Officer at Netherlands-based XPS.


Compatibles manufacturer Micro Solutions Enterprises (MSE) has said that industry veteran Luke Goldberg has joined the company.


Goldberg has joined MSE as SVP with responsibility for worldwide sales and marketing.


He has been in the imaging supplies aftermarket sector for 19 years, both on the raw materials and finished goods side of the business.


MSE said that Goldberg would be instrumental in plotting the strategic direction of the company and global expansion of MSE branded products.




Carsten Marckmann, Managing Director of leading German dealer group Büroring, has stepped down with immediate effect.


Marckmann leaves Büroring after nearly five years in the post in order "to seek new challenges", according to a press release from the dealer group.


The press release stated that the Büroring board "regrets" Marckmann’s decision to leave, but that he is leaving on "good terms".


Marckmann’s surprise decision to leave means that no permanent successor has yet been named.


In the meantime, the Managing Director’s responsibilities will be handled by Ute Suberg, the group said.


Suberg is a member of Büroring’s board and is responsible for finance. She has been with Büroring for almost 10 years.


UK wholesaler VOW has appointed Trevor Corrigan to the position of Commercial Director.


He joined VOW at the beginning of April to oversee the commercial teams as well as the customer sales and service centre.


VOW says that Corrigan has a "wealth of experience" in similar roles and most recently worked for mailing products and services giant Pitney Bowes.


"Having committed to VOW customers that I would be placing a great deal of focus on the commercial structure of our business, particularly our EOS strategy and pricing, I am delighted that Trevor is joining the business," commented Adrian Butler, VOW’s Managing Director.


VOW also announced a new senior sales team structure organised into five regions.


The sales team have been segmented by region, namely Scotland, North, Midlands, South and Ireland, with a Regional Director having complete control of all decision making within his or her area.


VOW says the move is designed to enhance the customer experience in terms of field sales management by simplifying the levels of hierarchy and ensuring full ownership and accountability within the field.


The Regional Directors are: Tom Rodda (South); Steve Blowers (Midlands and National Accounts); Martin Weedall (North); and Ashley Colemans (Ireland)


Recruitment is currently underway to appoint a Regional Director for Scotland.

VOW also announced that Simon Wallis has been promoted from Channel Director to Head of Commercial, where he will work closely with newly appointed Commercial Director, Trevor Corrigan.