People and places


People and places

United Stationers has announced that two of its business units, LagasseSweet and ORS Nasco, are to share a joint President while William K Scheller (President of ORS Nasco) has resigned from his post. Stephen Schultz will take over as President of both ORS Nasco and Lagasse, United’s jan/san and breakroom supplies division, where he has been serving as President since 2001. United will continue to look for a long-term successor for Mr Scheller, who, say United, has resigned for personal reasons. Consequently, Todd Shelton has been promoted to President of LagasseSweet after serving since 2005 as COO. Mr Shelton joined Lagasse in 2001, directing its financial and operational functions. "LagasseSweet and ORS Nasco are key platforms for future growth, and we’re confident that we can take these businesses to the next level," said Dick Gochnauer, President, United Stationers.

Best Buy International has rewarded David Berg with the role of COO, responsible for the operations of all of the company’s brands and businesses outside of the US. Berg played a key part in the Carphone Warehouse deal earlier this year and has helped Best Buy establish a presence in China, Turkey and Mexico. Paul Antoniadis has been named CEO of Best Buy Brands, a division of Best Buy Europe, the company’s new venture with The Carphone Warehouse. Reporting to Best Buy Europe’s CEO Roger Taylor, Antoniadis is charged with establishing a Best Buy presence in Europe. Alejandro Montoya was named VP International Strategy, reporting to COO David Berg.

Liz Smith, resident of Avon Products, has been named to the Staples‘ board of directors. "Liz brings a wealth of global business expertise, consumer products knowledge and operating experience, making her a great addition to our strong board of directors, said CEO Ron Sargent.

Ink and toner refill franchise chain Cartridge World has named Tom Fricke as its new CEO. Fricke’s appointment ends the search for a replacement for former CEO Burt Yarkin who left in January. Fricke joins Cartridge World after a 20-year career that has seen him work for leading companies such as PepsiCo and Home Depot. "Tom Fricke is a proven leader and an energetic and versatile senior operating executive," said Executive Chairman Peter Hasko.

Luke Chapman, Sales Director at UK dealer group Integra, has been named as a regional chairman of trade association BOSS Federation. Chapman will take on the Chairman’s role in the association’s Wessex and Wales region and will have the task of rejuvenating the region’s fundraising activities and making sure that BOSS benefits and services, which have been extended since the partnership with the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) last year, are successfully communicated to its members.

UK office products and writing instruments supplier Snopake has named Sue Moscatelli to the newly created position of Marketing Manager. Moscatelli joined Snopake a year ago from Parker Pen to focus on developing the Platignum writing brand.

Swiss office supplier Office World has announced that CEO Matthias Baumann will leave the post at the beginning of April 2009. Baumann, who is only 35, has been CEO of Office World for the last nine years and has been appointed as the new CEO of home furnishings retailer Interio. Both Office World and Interio are owned by leading Swiss retail group Migros. Baumann’s replacement at Office World is Stéphane Willa, currently manager of Migros’ corporate finance department.

Mark Holland has been promoted to General Manager at Cartridge World in the UK. In his previous role as European Operations Director, Mark developed Cartridge World’s B2B strategy, coaching and supporting franchisees to improve their profitability.

Esselte UK Managing Director Chris Exner is to take on an international role within the company’s European division. "This will take advantage of Chris’ international and operational experience as we look to build on the momentum we have gained in recent times and continue our trend of aggressive sales growth," said Senior European VP of Sales Nigel Gunn. Exner’s move signals a slimming down of Esselte’s senior management team in the UK. Current UK Sales Director Mike James will leave the company at the end of October after eight years and UK sales will be headed by Jerome Guerin, whose official job title will be Country Sales Manager UK.

Former Kingfield Heath regional director Gordon Profit has joined UK independent dealer Prestige Office Supplies. Profit joins the Office Friendly dealer as Sales and Marketing Director after 13 years at wholesaler Kingfield Heath.

Anthony Keyzer, General Manager Strategy and Supply at Australia’s largest independent dealer group Office National, is to leave the company, OPI has learned. Keyzer has accepted a redundancy after nine years with the group and will leave at the end of September to pursue other interests. Most of his time with ON has been creating support for its members, building the supply relationships and back-end programmes for the group, and creating the catalogue programme for both brands under the Office National umbrella. He also successfully helped grow the BPGI relationship with vendors in Australia. Keyzer has been involved in many significant changes in the Australian industry over the last 20 years.