People and Places



Ron Lalla, EVP of global merchandising at Corporate Express (CE), has left the company. Greg Shewmaker has been named interim VP of merchandising, reporting to CE’s US president Jay Mutschler. Shewmaker has, up until now, been the company’s VP of global sourcing. CE is currently reviewing its options with regard to a permanent replacement. Broomfield (CO)
Newell Rubbermaid has named James Roberts as executive group president of office products and cleaning, organisation and decor, William Burke III will succeed Roberts as group president for tools and hardware and Steven Marton has been named president of special assignments. Atlanta (GA)
The National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) has named Stephen Peeler as its new director of marketing and member services. Peeler brings over sixteen years of hospitality-industry experience working with national associations in the sales and marketing arenas. In his new role, Peeler will be responsible for creating effective marketing campaigns to increase the organisation’s visibility within the OP industry. He will also have primary responsibility for promoting and growing NOPA membership, ensuring effective delivery of new and ongoing member service programmes and working with president Chris Bates to enhance and expand sponsorship relationships. Alexandria (VA)
Mark Hampton, SVP of marketing at United Stationers, is set to leave the company in Q1 of 2008. Hampton has been with the US wholesaler for over 20 years and has been a driving force behind many of the company’s marketing initiatives. He was also instrumental in the launch of the SAP Hosted Solution for Business Products Resellers in 2005. Deerfield (IL)
Borders has appointed Dick Lynch to the new position of president, Paperchase US. Lynch will be based at Borders’ Ann Arbor, MI headquarters and report to Timothy Melgund, CEO of UK-based Paperchase Products. In his new position, Lynch is responsible for strategic leadership of Paperchase in the US, including strategic planning, merchandising, operations, marketing and all aspects of domestic operation and expansion of the brand. Ann Arbor (MI) has announced that former United Stationers CFO, Kathy Dvorak, has become a member of the company’s Advisory Council. Dvorak left United earlier this year after 25 years with the wholesaler and is currently CFO at Richardson Electronics. Tony Ellison, Shoplet’s founder and president, said: "Kathleen’s years of industry knowledge and experience will be an invaluable asset to Shoplet as its business operations continue to grow." New York (NY)
Melinda Myers has joined United Stationers as director of category programmes – furniture. She was most recently the director of marketing and member services for both NOPA and OFDA, the trade associations for independent office products and office furniture dealers. Prior to that, she worked for SP Richards for over eight years in various roles within its furniture category. Deerfield (IL)
ACCO Brands has announced that Duane Burnham has been elected to its board of directors. Burnham is the retired chairman and CEO of Abbott Laboratories, the global health care firm. He joined Abbott in 1982 as SVP of finance and CFO, and was named CEO in 1989 and chairman of the board in 1990, before retiring in 1999. ACCO also announced that Pierre Leroy, currently the presiding independent director on the board of directors, will rotate out of that position after the firm’s 2008 annual meeting and replaced by Robert J Keller. Lincolnshire (IL)
Following the untimely death earlier this month of WorkPlace Furnishings president and CEO Dennis Insogna, the board of directors has voted to appoint Bob Carlson of St Cloud, MN-based Marco Office Products as its interim president. Carlson, currently WPF Chairman, has served as a board member in various capacities since 1993. Dennis Insogna died following a heart attack on 2 December. "One of Dennis Insogna’s most impressive achievements as president was the development of a strong and very competent staff organisation, and I’m confident in their ability to insure a smooth transition and continue the momentum that Dennis’s leadership helped generate," said Carlson. VP of marketing, Victor Maffe will assume the day-to-day running of the organisation. Cincinnati (OH)
Operations director at dealer group Integra Office Solutions, Simon Rubach, is to leave to pursue other interests outside of the industry after 16 years at the firm, with effect from April 2008. Rubach was described as a pivotal member of the team who played a key role in the formation of the NDA and Integra. Newport (UK)


Brother UK‘s, managing director John Sasaki, left at the end of December to take up a new role with Brother Industries in Japan. Sasaki will hand over the reins to Hiroshi Miura who begins in the New Year. Miura joined the sales and marketing division of Brother Industries Japan in 1977. Manchester (UK)