People and places



People and Places




United Stationers has promoted Cody Phipps to the position of President and COO. 48-year-old Phipps has been with United since 2003, joining the company as SVP Operations before being promoted to President, United Stationers Supply three years later. In his new role, Phipps will have leadership responsibility for all operating units and key strategic initiatives. He will report to CEO, Dick Gochnauer.


Taking over from Phipps at USSCO is Todd Shelton, previously President of United’s Lagasse breakroom and janitorial products subsidiary. Shelton, 43, has been with Lagasse since 2001, serving as VP Finance and COO before assuming the President role in 2008. He will report to Phipps and serve as a member of United’s senior leadership team.


United will initiate a candidate selection process for Shelton’s replacement for President of Lagasse. In the meantime, the Lagasse leadership team will report to Steve Schultz.


OfficeMax COO, Sam Martin, left the company at the end of July to take up the CEO role at retailer Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P). Martin had been with ‘Max since September 2007. Following Martin to A&P was OfficeMax’s EVP Retail Stores, Paul Hertz, who had previously worked with Martin at another retailer, Wild Oats, prior to joining ‘Max, also in 2007.


David Krumwiede, former head of the Krumwiede manufacturers’ rep group, is a new principal at breakroom supplier Office Snax. Krumwiede has invested in the Office Snax business after selling off the rep group operations – which had become known as Great Lakes Sales – at the end of 2009. Krumwiede said that he was excited by the prospects for Office Snax, which has developed a channel brand in what is currently a double-digit growth category. Krumwiede has relocated to South Carolina and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a number of key accounts including SP Richards and Office Depot. Office Snax is planning to expand its concept into Europe and Krumwiede said that an announcement could be made regarding this within the next few months.


Office products technology solutions provider ECi has named Trevor Gruenewald to the post of COO.


Gruenewald joined the ECi team in January 2009 as SVP and General Manager for DDMS and the Office Equipment divisions. His list of responsible business units grew to include Britannia, Team Design, OMD and La Crosse. As COO, Gruenewald will continue to expand his responsibilities across all business units and several corporate functional areas. Prior to Gruenewald’s appointment, COO responsibilities had been handled by Ron Books, who was promoted from COO to CEO in early 2009.


US paper distributor Gould Paper has formed a new division that will focus on speciality papers and materials, tapping into increased sources of supply and additional sales offices after the 51 percent acquisition by Japan Paper and Pulp. The new division will be headed by Meyer Weiss. Weiss has spent most of his career in the field of specialty papers and materials with companies as Oji Paper, Kanzaki Specialty Papers, Tyco and Avery Dennison. Immediately prior to joining Gould, Weiss was VP Digital Imaging for InteliCoat Technologies. Weiss will report to Bob Weill, President Gould International.




Graeme Chapman, Chairman of UK dealer group Office Friendly, is to retire at the end of this year after 43 years in the office products industry. Chapman has held the post at Office Friendly for the last seven years, following long spells at ACCO, where he was the UK Managing Director, and Kingfield Heath, where he was Marketing Director. Working alongside Managing Director Steve Harrop, Chapman has seen Office Friendly grow from being the UK’s sixth largest dealer group in 2003 to being second only to Integra.


Chapman has been actively involved in many fundraising activities over the years and was rewarded for his efforts by being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Millennium Honours list. He says that he will continue to raise funds for the Institute of Cancer Research in his retirement.


The Office Friendly board has decided to fill the Chairman’s role by rotating member directors, who have been elected by the membership. Elliot Jacobs, the Commercial Director of south east-based UOE, will take over from Chapman in January 2011. He has been an Office Friendly director for eight years.


German dealer group Büroring has named Ingo Dewitz as its new Managing Director to succeed Carsten Marckmann, who resigned in March. 44-year-old Dewitz will take up his post in the autumn. He is currently Senior Manager Sales at Samsung Electronic Germany and has also held a senior sales role at Kyocera Mita’s German subsidiary. Büroring says that Dewitz’s experience in the printer industry means he already has a good knowledge and understanding of the reseller market.


Wholesaler Spicers has restructured its UK sales teams into two reporting divisions. After South West & Midlands Regional Sales Director, Andrew Burnett, left the company to rejoin the drinks industry, two regions – South West & Midlands, and London & the South East – have been merged to form a single Southern region. Mark Watson, formerly head of the London & South East division, has been promoted to Southern Regional Sales Director. The other sales region, Scotland & Northern England, will continue to be headed by Bruce Davie, who also keeps his duties as Glasgow Director of Service.


Jason Barnes, UK Sales Director confirmed that that the changes had not led to a rationalisation of the number of account directors and managers in the merged divisions.


Vasanta Group and its VOW wholesaling arm have confirmed the appointments of two experienced OP executives to their ranks. Sammy Bartley, the Marketing Manager at dealer group Nemo for the last ten years, has joined Vasanta’s group merchandising team as Head of Core. Also confirmed is the appointment of Louise Haslam as Regional Sales Manager for VOW. Haslam has been in the offices supplies industry for 20 years, 15 of those at Spicers and the most recent five with ACCO, where she was a key account manager responsible for dealer groups and contract stationers.


ACCO has named Chis Franey as President of its international division as part of a change to more closely integrate its Kensington computer products business with its office products business in Europe. Franey – who joined ACCO 18 months ago to run the Kensington business – takes over from Peter Munk who has left "to pursue other opportunities". The Computer Products Group will continue to report to Franey.


Durable has named Thomas Uebing as Sales Manager for Specialist Distributors. He takes over from Wilfried Thomas, who is retiring after 22 years with the company. Uebing has been with Durable for the last two and a half years, joining the company from Elba at the end of 2007. Durable says that Uebing’s involvement in the company’s project work has meant he has gained a comprehensive understanding of the company and is thus highly prepared for taking on his new role.


The company also said that Franz Schwermann is now responsible for all direct mail sales and custom made products.


Lexmark has named Chris Law as Supplies Director for the UK and Ireland. Law has been with Lexmark since 2002 and his roles have included Business Manager for the then Consumer Products division and Head of Business Development in the EMEA supplies team. The company says that Law has been brought into the Supplies Director position to boost Lexmark’s market share in both consumer and business consumables, further improve customer service and loyalty, and raise awareness around the company’s environmental programmes.


Lyreco has named Markus Finkbeiner as its new Marketing Director in Germany.


The 37-year-old joins the office supplier after ten years with HP, most recently as EMEA Business Development Manager for HP’s Scitex wide-format printers.




Staples has created a new post, EVP of International Development, to head operations in China, India and South America. The role has gone to John Barton, a 20-year veteran of Staples’ real estate business.


As well as having direct responsibility for China, India and South America, Barton has oversight for developing the Staples’ operational best practices worldwide across its retail, contract and catalogue channels. He will report to COO, Mike Miles.


The four independent non-executive directors on the board of Corporate Express Australia have resigned on the request of Staples. Chairman Ian Pollard, as well as Tony Larkin, John Randall and Chris Gillies, have stepped down from their roles with immediate effect following a request by Staples, which now owns 98 percent of CE Australia. Executive Directors Paul Hitchcock (CEO), Grant Logan (CFO), and Staples associated directors, Mike Miles and Bjorn Maarud, will continue to serve on the board.