People and places



People and Places




Imaging supplies veteran Jerry Gigliotti is back in the office products business after joining West Point Products as VP Commercial Channels.


Gigliotti is a well-known figure in the US office supplies industry having spent 26 years at aftermarket supplies vendor Nukote from 1981 to 2007.


In his new role at Clover-owned West Point, Gigliotti will provide leadership to the company’s business in the office products channel and guide the development of its strategy of serving independent dealers.


SP Richards has promoted Brian McGill to the post of Chief Information Officer.


McGill has been with the company for 24 years, most recently as VP, Information Systems.


In his new role, McGill will oversee the organisation’s entire IT infrastructure. He will report to CEO Wayne Beacham.


Former Shoplet executive Bob Dorfman has returned to the New York office supplies scene with Premier Supplies.


Dorfman has been brought in by Premier’s owners Sheldon Lehman and Mitch Wergiles to handle vendor relations, marketing/merchandising, and the firm’s online B2C site


The former Shoplet SVP of Marketing and Vendor Relations described Premier as "a sleeping giant with revenue in 2010 that exceeded $50 million" and says that his brief is to take the business "to the next level".




Best Buy Europe’s CEO Scott Wheway stepped down at the beginning of February with COO Andrew Harrison taking over.


Harrison was previously head of European operations at Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy’s joint-venture partner in its Best Buy Europe business.


Wheway will remain with the company as an advisor until the summer before returning to the US as a strategic advisor to Best Buy.


Best Buy also recently announced that its UK online Managing Director deVere Forster is leaving to work for retail chain Alshaya, Office Depot’s partner in the Middle East.


HSM has named a new Head of Marketing to replace David Vitrano who is leaving the company after seven years.


Angelika Lange, who joined the company at the beginning of the year, officially took over from Vitrano on 15 February.


Lange is experienced in international marketing in the areas of B2B and B2C and was previously employed at Bosch Software Innovations in Germany.


Durable’s SVP International Operations John Dale will retire at the end of April.


Dale – who has been with the company since 1995 – will continue to support the company as a consultant.


Succeeding Dale from 1 May is Andreas Schönwälder, named VP International Operations.


Binding and laminating systems manufacturer Renz has promoted Daniel Pooley to the post of International Marketing Manager.


Pooley has worked for Renz in the UK for the last 11 years, most recently as Sales and Marketing Manager.


In his new role he will be based between the UK and Germany and will report to Michael Schubert, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.


Wholesaler VOW has appointed Julie Collins to the role of Commercial Director.


Collins – who started at VOW on 7 February – is joining the company from Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation where she was also Commercial Director.


She will assume responsibility for VOW’s Core and EOS strategy as well as the continued development of the Sales and Service Centre in Normanton.


UK dealer group Integra has announced that Head of Business Development Jade Wilson is to leave the company at the end of the month.


Wilson is leaving to pursue a career with Luke Chapman’s Business Performance Group after three years with Integra.


UK office products industry veteran John Hearl has passed away at the age of 65.


Hearl spent virtually his entire career in the office products industry, starting at Rymans in the early 1960s, followed by Strakers, Burgess’s and others.


In the 1970s he opened Dunstable Office Supplies, which was eventually sold, and returned a few years later with the opening of dealer The Complete Office in Northamptonshire.


Tragic news from Fellowes with the news that European Marketing Director Tyron Hill passed away in January after losing a short battle with cancer.


He leaves behind a wife and four young children.


"He was a leader of great passion and integrity in the Fellowes business and in our industry, and will be missed by all his friends and colleagues," said the company.


VOW has reported the sad news that Malcolm Preece, Returns Manager at its Arrow distribution centre, passed away in January.


Preece had been with the business since 1987, starting as Night Shift Supervisor in Sheffield. Subsequently, he had numerous management roles within the operations team including playing an active role during the merger of John Heath and Kingfield.




Mark Powell, CEO of New Zealand office supplies retailer Warehouse Stationery, is to take over as CEO for the whole of the Warehouse group later this year.


Powell will succeed retiring CEO Ian Morrice and has been named CEO Designate. The management change takes place following a transition period over the coming months, with the exact handover date to be agreed later by the two men.


Powell has been CEO of Warehouse Stationery since 2009, but has been with the group since 2002 in senior executive roles.


Japanese office equipment vendor Carl has appointed experienced Australian executive André Raynal to run its international division.


Former Geoff Penney CEO, Raynal has been named as Carl’s CEO, International Business Division, effective January 2011.


He will be responsible for all international sales and marketing functions (excluding Japan), including the management of five business operations located in Singapore, Hong Kong, China (x2) and the US.


Canadian vendor First Base has appointed a new Director of Product Development.


Lucy Ma joins from Lyreco where she had been since 2002, most recently as Product Manager, IT and GOP Marketing.


In her new role at First Base, Ma – who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese – will be responsible for the development of new products in all operating divisions and brand groups.


Brett McCauley, National Merchandising Manager of Australian dealer group Office Brands, has left the company after less than a year in the job. McCauley has accepted a position at a retail buying group. n