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Office Depot’s director of e-commerce Noah Maffitt has left the company to join live music company Live Nation. Maffitt joined Office Depot in March 2004 and oversaw the growth of the company’s internet sales to almost $5 billion, making Office Depot the world’s third largest e-commerce retailer behind Amazon and Staples. Maffitt joins Live Nation as EVP and General Manager, reporting to CEO Bryan Perez. Delray Beach (FL)

Fellowes has promoted Mike Parker to VP of North American sales. In this new role, Parker will lead all commercial sales, including contract dealers, office superstores, buying groups, independent dealers, OP wholesalers and the government channel.
Also within sales, Kathleen Noe becomes VP of Sales Finance. Maureen Moore, meanwhile, has been promoted to VP of Marketing Communications. Moore joined Fellowes in 1995 after the acquisition of C2 and recently took on extra responsibilities for market research, the development of relationship marketing and Fellowes’ website. Itasca (IL)


The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) invested its new president at its annual meeting in Chicago in June. Rebecca Boenigk, Chairman and CEO of Texas-based Neutral Posture, succeeds Herman Miller’s Brian Walker and becomes the first woman to hold the post of BIFMA President. Boenigk has been on the BIFMA board since 2004 and was named President-Elect last year. She has been working in the office furniture industry for 20 years at her family-run business, the only woman-owned seating manufacturer in the US. Grand Rapids (MI)


At fast-growing independent dealer Regency Office Products, Sabrina Ruiz in the St Louis office and Blair Kohlmeyer in Milwaukee have both been promoted to the position of District Sales Manager after posting good results as account representatives. Meanwhile, Jonathan Durham moves up to Sales Account Manager at the Raleigh office. Raleigh (NC)




Office and computer cleaning products manufacturer AF International has appointed Robert Crosby-Clarke as new General Manager for its UK sales division. Crosby-Clarke took up his new position on 1 June after 13 years with AF’s parent company HK Wentworth. In this new role, Crosby-Clarke will work closely with Joana Krzizek, AF International’s General Manager. Swadlincote (UK)


PaperlinX has announced that it has appointed Toby Marchant to the position of CEO PaperlinX Europe with effect from 1 July. Marchant replaces Eduard de Voogd, who is stepping down from his job after five years in charge. Marchant will be responsible for 24 operating companies in 18 different countries, employing around 5,000 staff with a turnover in excess of £2 billion ($3.95 billion). "These are challenging times for this industry," said Marchant. "However, I remain convinced that as long as you keep customers’ interests at the top of your mind and drive a combination of operational efficiency and added value through both products and services, we will continue to win in whatever conditions the market throws at us." Amsterdam (NL)


3M has appointed Alex de Courcy as its new Head of Sales for its Consumer and Office division in the UK and Ireland. De Courcy has gained extensive experience in the FMCG sector with previous positions held at Twining and Mars. At 3M, he will manage the UK and Ireland sales teams responsible for brands such as Post-it Notes, Scotch, Scotch-Brite, Scotchgard and other DIY and healthcare brands, with a particular focus on retail channels. Bracknell (UK)


European wholesaler Spicers has announced that European Purchasing Manager Manu Bekaert decided to leave the company at the end of May. Bakaert, who had moved to Spicers from Timmermans at the beginning of 2007, was responsible for writing instruments, desktop accessories, books and pads and office sundries. He said that he would prefer a role outside of Spicers, perhaps in his native country Belgium. Sawston (UK)


Longstanding BOSS Federation CEO Keith Davies left the UK trade association at the end of June. His departure was decided over a year ago when BOSS signed its management agreement with the British Print Industries Federation. Davies says that he will be taking a few months off before deciding what other opportunities to pursue. London (UK)


Germany-based trade association BBW has named Staedtler’s Peter Friedrich as the new Spokesman of its dealer and manufacturer working group, entitled Forum Bürowirtschaft. It is the first time that an executive from the manufacturing side has held this position. He replaces long-serving Spokesman Armin Schröter of Schröter Bürobedarf, who has stepped down after 16 years in the role. Cologne (GER)


Denmark-based office products manufacturer 3L has appointed a new Area Export Manager. Henrik Levin will be responsible for all customers in Germany, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Nordic region. 46-year-old Levin joins 3L from bicycle lights manufacturer Reelight, where he was responsible for sales in Benelux. Tommerup (DEN)


Former XPD director James Wilson has joined e-commerce software provider Net Junction as a Non-Executive Director. Wilson, who left XPD two years ago, took up his new role on 1 June. Patrick Donnelly, Managing Director of Net Junction, said: "We are delighted that James has joined us. He has a huge amount of experience in the office products market, especially with reference to the technology side. He understands the needs of dealers and has tremendous commitment and enthusiasm for the business." London (UK)