People and places



People and Places




ACCO has announced the promotion of Boris Elisman to President and COO.


Elisman had been in charge of ACCO Brands Americas since 2008. He also served as President of the company’s global office products group, as well as President of the Kensington computer products group since joining the firm from Hewlett-Packard in 2004.


Taking over from Elisman as President of ACCO Brands Americas is Tom Tedford, previously the company’s SVP of Global Marketing.


In addition, ACCO has consolidated product marketing, design and development, and sourcing responsibilities under one executive, Tom Shortt, and named him President of Product Strategy and Development.


Both Tedford and Shortt report to Elisman.


ACCO played down suggestions that the changes paved the way for CEO Bob Keller to announce his retirement in the near future.


Jim Fahey, President of United Stationers’ furniture division, is retiring this month.


Fahey took on his current role in 2010, having previously served as SVP of Merchandising. He has been with United since 1991.


An extremely well-known and popular figure in the industry, Fahey has for many years been a driving force behind the success of the annual Howard Wolf Golf Classic in aid of the City of Hope.


United has also announced the promotion of Jeff Leja to the position of VP of Sales at its LagasseSweet janitorial and foodservice products division.


Leja joined United Stationers in 2004 as Lagasse’s Director of National Accounts, leading a five-fold increase in national accounts sales during his tenure.


His predecessor as VP of Sales was Paul Barrett, who was promoted to become the division’s President in October. Leja will report to Barrett and will also join the Lagasse leadership team.


Newell Rubbermaid’s CEO Mark Ketchum is to retire later on this year.


The 61-year-old joined Newell Rubbermaid as a Director in 2005 and became CEO later that year. The company said that it would prefer Ketchum to stay on in the role of CEO, but he had made a commitment to his family to step down in 2011 and is now honouring that promise.


To help with the transition to a new leader, Ketchum has agreed to remain on Newell’s board of directors until the spring of 2012.


Red Cheetah Co-founder and Owner Andrew Morgan has taken on the additional role of CEO at the office products software company. The move comes after Morgan purchased all interests in the company held by Co-founder and former CEO Steve Kahle who has now left the company.


ECi has announced the addition of experienced office products executive Amy Fisher to its Acsellerate product team. Former dealer sales representative Fisher has joined the Acsellerate business unit as Head of Business Development after over ten years in the office products industry.


Pentel of America has named Ilene Albert-Nelson as its new Director of Marketing.


She has over 25 years of experience within the crafts and office supply industries and will lead all marketing efforts for both Pentel and Pentel Arts products.


Albert-Nelson joins Pentel of America from Ultra-PRO where she served as VP of Sales and Marketing, Scrapbooking. Prior to Ultra-PRO she held various marketing and sales positions at Avery Dennison, GBC and Crayola.


Office furniture firm Steelcase has made some organisational changes to its international leadership team.


Jim Keane, President of the Steelcase Group, is assuming leadership of the Steelcase brand across the Americas and EMEA region.


Jim Mitchell, President of Steelcase International, will retain responsibility for sales and distribution across EMEA and will report to Keane.


At IT consumables wholesaler Supplies Network, David Concors has been promoted to VP of Sales while Monte White has been named VP of Product Marketing.


Concors will expand his current role of overseeing sales and sales operations, while continuing to focus on the development and management of customer relationships.


White will continue to oversee Supplies Network’s marketing plans, product management, vendor programmes and creative services, and will assume new responsibilities in pricing management.


Both positions will continue to report to Supplies Network’s President Greg Welchans.


Printer Essentials, the direct importer and wholesaler of compatible and remanufactured imaging supplies, has named industry veteran WooJin Kim as EVP.


Kim comes to Printer Essentials with over 20 years’ experience in the high-tech and imaging supplies industries.




Spicers announced two key personnel changes at the end of December.


Jason Barnes has taken on the role of Business Development Director, with Tim Rodda rejoining Spicers from rival VOW to succeed Barnes as Sales Director for the UK. Rodda had previously worked for Spicers for nine years in various roles before moving to VOW in 2005.


Barnes will retain his marketing responsibility and will lead Spicers’ Synergy dealer group programme.


Vasanta has hired Debbie Nice as its Category Head for Facilities Management (FM) where she will manage the development of the group’s FM product category. She has worked in the office supplies industry for 25 years, including roles at Spicers, Office Friendly and CPD.


UK OP industry veteran Pat Shepherd retired at the end of 2010.


Shepherd had been in the office products industry for 44 years, the last 17 of those at leading non-food broker Robinson Young.


Tombow has announced that the current Germany Sales Director for edding, Udo Peters, is to become its new European Managing Director effective 1 March.


He replaces Yoshihiko Umemoto and will be part of a management team that also includes Japan-based Akihiro Ogawa and Shunsuke Imaoka.


Zebra Pen UK announced the sad news that Sales and Marketing Director Martin Notley passed away on 22 December after losing his battle against cancer.


Notley, who had been with Zebra for almost five years, was just 53.




Lyreco Australia’s experienced Managing Director Anne Cashman stepped down from her post with effect from 7 January after four and a half years with the company.


Prior to Lyreco, Cashman had been in charge of Viking’s Australian operations for four years in the late 90s before moving to the US to run Office Depot’s direct business. She then returned to her native Australia.


Group Sales Support Director Andy Brown has taken on the Managing Director’s role on an interim basis. n