People and Places


OfficeMax‘ EVP of contract sales Harry Dochelli has announced his resignation from the company. He left OfficeMax on 14 March to take up another senior level position in the Chicago area. Dochelli has been involved in the OP business for over 20 years, moving up through the ranks at Boise Cascade and then with OfficeMax following its acquisition by Boise. Naperville (IL)

Avery Dennison has announced that Tim Bond has been promoted to the position of group VP for the company’s OP operations. His role will be to provide strategic leadership for the office products businesses in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Bond has been with Avery’s OP division since 2001 and has occupied several positions including general manager of office products North America and general manager of office products. Pasadena (CA)

Consumer electronics and accessories retailer Best Buy has announced several executive changes effective from 2 March. Mike Vitelli has been named as EVP of customer operating groups. He will lead Best Buy’s PC mobility, home solutions and entertainment operating groups and will be in charge of enterprise merchandising and the company’s private label business. Barry Judge has been appointed chief marketing officer. His responsibilities will include brand management, customer research and development, trends, promotions, advertising, marketing communications as well as internal communications and public affairs. Thirdly, David Berg has been promoted to the position of EVP of international strategy and corporate development. He will be responsible for the company’s mergers and acquisition activities as well as the identification and evaluation of opportunities in new geographic markets. Minneapolis (MN)

After 25 years with the company, FedEx Kinko’s president and CEO Ken May has resigned. May took over the reins at FedEx Kinko’s in January 2006 and said in a statement: "The time has come for me to resign and refocus my energy on my family, friends and other personal interests." From 1 April, COO Brian Philips will become acting CEO. Memphis (TN)

Acme United has made two key appointments in its marketing team. Michael Peterson has been named as VP of global marketing, responsible for brand strategy, innovation, category management and customer marketing on a global basis. He will focus on accelerating speed to market for global product launches and expanding key partnerships. Peterson has been with Acme since 2003, most recently as VP of marketing. The company has also named David Farnworth as VP of marketing for its Westcott brand. Farnworth has been with Acme since 2004, first as marketing director for school products and then as senior director of marketing. Fairfield (CT)

Pelikan has announced that Arno Telkämper will join the company on 1 May as its new managing director for Germany. Telkämper arrives from Avery Zweckform where he was sales director for Central Europe for six years. He will report to Pelikan’s European EVP, Arno Alberty. Hanover (GER)

Thomas Rossberger has taken up Arno Telkämper’s former position as Central Europe sales director at Avery Zweckform. Prior to this, Rossberger was in charge of the company’s Eastern Europe operations. Responsibility for Eastern Europe has been handed to Jan Bertelsen who also continues as director of the Nordic region. Oberlaindern (GER)

Rémy Darmon has been named as European sales and marketing director for French office environment products manufacturer Alba. Darmon joins Alba from The Everflow Pen Company. He took up his new post on 4 March and is based at Alba’s headquarters on the outskirts of Paris. Paris (FRA)

Fredy Amrein has been appointed human resources director of Lyreco Switzerland. He will be in charge of 435 staff in the country, further developing and implementing Lyreco’s policy of an open and motivated employee culture. Amrein has also been named to the board of directors of the company’s Swiss operations. Zurich (CH)

UK dealer group Office Friendly has promoted Debbie Nice and Chris Nichols. Nice has been appointed marketing director, responsible for supplier management and for Office Friendly marketing projects. She joined Office Friendly in 2005 and has previously worked for Kingfield, Spicers, Neville and Gladstone and John Heath. Nichols, who joined Office Friendly in 2003, becomes commercial manager and will be responsible for technology and ad hoc commercial projects. Previously, he had spent seven years in Kingfield Heath’s eCommerce department. Sheffield (UK)

HSM has announced that Yücel Kulu is the company’s new business development manager for south-east Europe and Turkey. 34-year-old Kulu has a background in retail and export sales and his main roles will be to further relationships with existing customers in the region and acquire new customers. Salem (GER)

Heart Systems, the Pulse back office software provider, has appointed Julian Church to the new position of commercial manager. With an in-depth knowledge of running his own dealership, Church originally started working with Heart Systems in 2002 and has played an important part in the successful sales and marketing of the Pulse system. Pulse is used in almost 200 office products dealerships across the UK and Ireland. Leominster (UK)