People and places


People and Places


SP Richards has promoted Rick Toppin to President and COO. In this new role, Toppin will oversee SPR’s sales, marketing, operations and supply chain management activities.
Toppin’s promotion comes less than 18 months after he joined SPR as EVP Sales and Marketing following a successful time at Corporate Express where he had served as President of the office supplier’s central region and President of Corporate Express Canada.
"We are excited to have Rick take on an even greater role in directing our company into the future," said SP Richards’ CEO Wayne Beacham. "Rick is an innovative leader who has taken on every challenge with enthusiasm, optimism and determination to achieve results that are in the best interest of SPR, our customers, our employees and the shareholders of Genuine Parts Company."
3M recently named Bill Smith as General Manager of its Office Supplies Division.
Smith – who has been with 3M for 27 years – was appointed as the successor to Jack Truong who has taken up the position of General Manager of the company’s Construction and Home Improvements division.
During his career at 3M, Smith has worked across multiple businesses and divisions and was most recently Sales and Marketing Director for 3M’s Corporate Sales and Marketing Centre of Expertise.
Office Depot’s former head of e-commerce, Noah Maffitt, has joined the board of directors at United Stationers.
Maffitt spent four years at Office Depot from 2004-2008 where he served as the senior director of global e-commerce strategy, playing a key role in driving Depot’s total online revenue to more than $4.2 billion.
He is currently VP and General Manager of, where he has global management responsibility for Live Nation’s e-commerce websites and content.
"A key focus for United is to provide leading edge multi-channel e-commerce support for its reseller partners, said Fred Hegi, Chairman of United’s board of directors.
Maffitt’s election to the board brings the total number of members to ten, with nine being independent directors.
"Noah’s knowledge of the e-commerce market and his experience with the office products industry make him uniquely qualified to immediately provide valuable insights in support of our e-business strategy."
IT consumables wholesaler Supplies Network has stepped up its commitment to Managed Print Services (MPS) with the appointment of Doug Johnson as SVP.
Johnson – who has been working with Supplies Network in a consulting role for the last three years – will head up the company’s CARBON SiX MPS programme.
Johnson has extensive experience of the MPS space. He was with HP for 20 years, where he rose to SVP of worldwide marketing for the company’s Imaging and Printing Systems Group.
After leaving HP he served as COO of MPS start-up Print Inc. and then founded his own company, RedSage Consulting.


"Supplies Network is substantially increasing its investment and commitment in CARBON SiX by securing top talent and expanding programme offerings," said President, Greg Welchans.
"Doug has more industry and real-world MPS experience than anyone. Working with us as a consultant for the past three years, he has been instrumental in developing our award-winning programme to help independent dealers serve imaging fleets with a variety of equipment types and brands."


UK dealer group Integra has promoted Jade Wilson to the post of Head of Business Development.
Wilson joined Integra in 2008 as Business Development Manager for Scotland and Ireland and has previously worked for Stat Plus and Corporate Express.
Aidan McDonough, Integra’s Managing Director, said: "I am delighted Jade has taken up this appointment and with his impressive background in the industry I am sure he will further strengthen our support offering to members. As a sales specialist Jade will also be developing our sales support programmes, particularly key to members as the challenging economic climate continues."
UK wholesaler VOW has announced that Managing Director Ian Sinclair has left the company.
In a statement, Vasanta Group Chairman Alan Barclay said: "As a consequence of the reorganisation of the management of the VOW business it is with regret that I must inform you that Ian Sinclair, Managing Director of VOW and ISA Retail, has left the company. Ian leaves after 6 years and I would like to thank him for his important contribution to the management of the business and I trust you will join me in wishing him every success in whatever new venture he may choose to embark upon next."


VOW’s Sales Director Adrian Butler has been promoted to the Managing Director’s position, the first of what Barclay said would be steps to "significantly strengthen" VOW’s management team over the coming weeks.
With sales management experience at VOW at both regional and national level, Butler has 17 years’ experience of the UK OP wholesaling market, in contrast to Sinclair’s largely retail background.
"Adrian’s appointment will allow us to focus on VOW’s commitment to the independent dealer channel in the UK and Ireland as we continue with our investments across the network, improve our service offering and engage more proactively with our customers," concluded Barclay.
Jesus Lomana, the long-serving Managing Director of Lyreco’s Spanish operations Ofiservice, is to leave the company with immediate effect.
Lomana set up the original Ofiservice business in Barcelona in 1989, turning it into the largest contract stationery business in Spain.
It is not clear yet whether Lomana has resigned or was asked to leave, and Lyreco said in a statement that an announcement on a successor would be made in the near future.
Ofiservice is a joint venture between Lyreco and Spanish stationery giant Unipapel.
Former Postsafe European Sales Manager David Nelsey has joined first aid products vendor Frank Sammeroff.
Nelsey has joined the Glasgow-based company as Business Development Manager – Office Products and takes full responsibility for all sales and marketing activities across the office products channel.
Frank Sammeroff is a family-owned manufacturer of surgical dressings, healthcare products and first aid kits and has a fully owned manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China.


HP has named John Solomon to head up its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) Asia Pacific and Japan region.
Solomon takes over from Christopher Morgan, who recently left the role to lead the worldwide Graphics Solutions business, which is also part of IPG.
A 15-year veteran of HP, Solomon has served since 2007 as VP and General Manager of HP’s US consumer business and IPG’s inkjet and web solutions business for the Americas.
Solomon will be based in Singapore.