People and Places


Fellowes has announced the appointment of Brian Cooper to CFO, overseeing all financial matters of the company’s operations. Cooper joined Fellowes from United Stationers, where he had served as senior VP and treasurer since 2001. "As we continue to expand our business and bring new and innovative products to the marketplace, it is essential to have strong financial leadership in place," said Jamie Fellowes, chairman and CEO of Fellowes. "Brian’s extensive management and financial experience is invaluable to our executive team and will help lead our company into the future." Prior to United Stationers, Cooper had worked as treasurer of Burns International Services as well as holding various financial positions during his 12-year tenure with Amoco. Itasca (IL)

Dixon Ticonderoga has appointed Don Currie as its new CEO. Currie took over from Rick Asta who stepped down on 31 December. He will report to Massimo Candela, CEO of Dixon’s parent company, Italian firm FILA. "We are extremely pleased to have someone of Don Currie’s calibre within Dixon to assume this important leadership role," said Candela. "He is the ideal candidate to succeed Rick Asta and lead Dixon at this point in the company’s history." Heathrow (FL)

Hewlett-Packard has named Neal Woods as senior VP of worldwide operations for the company’s imaging and printing group (IPG), with effect from 22 January. Woods, 51, will be based in San Diego and have responsibility for IPG’s global manufacturing, supply chain operations, worldwide planning and quality functions. He will also lead HP’s worldwide consumer support, global logistics, environmental and strategic supply organisations. Woods joins HP from Cisco, where he worked for seven years, most recently as VP of global manufacturing operations. He replaces Mike Fawkes who is retiring from HP after 29 years of service. Palo Alto (CA)

Office furniture dealer group WorkPlace Furnishings‘ board has named Bob Carlson of St. Cloud, Minn.-based Marco Office Products as interim president. He succeeds the late Workplace President and CEO Dennis J. Insogna, who died late last year. Carlson, who also is chairman of the WorkPlace board, is a longtime member of the organisation and has served on the board since 1993. He said Victor Maffe, VP of marketing, will assume responsibility for day-to-day operation of the organisation, which provides buying, marketing, training and support functions for office furniture dealers. Cincinnati (OH)

R Gibson has named Don French to the post of president following the company’s acquisition by CSS Industries. Prior to his appointment as president, French served for eight years with CSS’ Paper Magic Group company, most recently as its VP for marketing. French, a 31-year veteran of the stationery products industry, also served as the 2006/2007 president of the US Greeting Card Association. Nashville (TN)

Steelcase‘s Allan Smith has been ranked 79th in the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics listing by Ethisphere magazine. A panel of ethics experts from major US universities submitted nominations and ranked individuals who influenced ethical behaviour in global business. Smith, Steelcase’s VP of global environmental strategy and programmes, has overseen the bringing to market of a number of Cradle-to-Cradle certified products and has established the Steelcase Environmental Partnership programme, which provides end-of-ownership options for customers. He has also developed plans to eliminate PVC in the company’s products by 2012. Grand Rapids (MI)

Parts Now!, a North American distributor of parts for laser printers, has named Bruce Hagan as its new CEO. Hagan has occupied several senior positions with B2B companies, including Conney Safety Products and industrial distributor WW Grainger. Parts Now! is an authorised distributor for Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Toshiba and Canon USA, and in 2006 recorded sales of $95.5 million. Middleton (WI)

Lexmark has announced the appointment of Ronaldo Foresti as VP for Asia Pacific and Latin America. Foresti, who has more than 29 years of experience in the technology sector, joined Lexmark in 2003 as VP and general manager for Latin America. In his new assignment he will be responsible for the company’s sales and marketing initiatives in Asia Pacific and Latin America. Based at the company’s head office in Lexington, Foresti succeeds David Goodnight who has retired from the company. Lexington (KY)

CCM, the sales and marketing arm of Germany-based computer cleaning and hygiene products manufacturer Innovate, has announced that Heiner Perk has been appointed as managing director. In this role, which he took up on 1 January, 59-year-old Perk is responsible for the internal organisation and sales in German speaking areas, and will work alongside CCM founder Bernd Zimmerman who is responsible for international sales and marketing. Overath (GER)

Smead Europe‘s Reiner Eckhardt is the company’s new marketing director following the departure of Edouard André-Hessig who has joined fine arts manufacturer Daler Rowney as VP of marketing for North America. Hoogezand (NL)