People and places



People and Places




With Pete Howard jetting off to Europe, Staples has promoted Steve Bussberg to run its US business delivery division.


As SVP of Staples Business Delivery, Bussberg will direct the overall operations of the division which serves small business and home office customers through and catalogues.


Bussberg joined Staples in 1990 and has held roles of increasing responsibilities in finance and North American Delivery (NAD), most recently as SVP of Finance.


He takes over from Howard who, as mentioned above, is taking over as head of the office supply giant’s southern European operations..


Replacing Bussberg as SVP of Finance at NAD is Elaine Bruzios. In her new role, she will be responsible for the financial strategy and business planning efforts of NAD, namely the Staples Advantage, Staples Business Delivery and Quill business units.


Staples has also appointed Steven Fund to oversee its global marketing. Fund will join the company as SVP of Global Brand Marketing and report to Mike Miles, Staples’ President and COO.


In this new position for the company, Fund will be responsible for the strategic, creative, operational and financial aspects of Staples’ brand marketing globally.


SP Richards’ (SPR) Director of Sales, John Burgess, has been promoted to VP Sales. Burgess’ responsibilities will include managing relationships with the independent dealer buying groups as well as a number of SP Richards’ key accounts. He will continue to report to Don Mikolasy, SVP of Sales.


Burgess joined SPR in 2006 as General Manager for the company’s Dallas distribution centre and moved to the corporate sales team in January 2008.


"As Director of Sales with our corporate sales team during the last two years, John has effectively managed our relationships with the independent dealer buying groups and played an instrumental role in developing our groundbreaking strategic partnership with TriMega," said Mikolasy.


"In addition, John has been a key contributor to the development and introduction of Business Source, our new proprietary brand of core office products developed exclusively for the independent dealer channel."




Pelikan has announced that its EVP of Sales Europe, Arno Alberty, left the company at the end of June.


Alberty has been in the EVP role at Pelikan for the last four years, following a 10-year career with Henkel. In a statement, Pelikan said that Alberty is leaving the company "in the best spirit of mutual agreement" and is "taking up new professional challenges".


Speaking to OPI, Alberty confirmed that his decision was based on his desire to pursue new personal and professional challenges and had nothing to do with Pelikan’s recent acquisition of Herlitz. He declined to specify what his next move would be, but said that he hoped to be able to make an announcement in the near future.


UK-based wholesaler Spicers has appointed a successor to long-serving European Purchasing Director Stewart Barton-Taylor who retired earlier this year.


Rob Abrahams will formally take up the position on 1 October, joining Spicers from cleaning and catering supplies distributor Bunzl, where he is a member of the Bunzl Global Purchasing Executive. Until Abrahams joins Spicers, Scott Walker will continue to head up the European purchasing team.


Spicers has also announced that Anil Alim joined the company as Director of Purchasing for FM as it looks to develop and implement its FM strategy across the firm.


Meanwhile, Peter Kaemer, previously European Purchasing Manager for FM, will be moving to work with Scott Walker on traditional office supplies.


Spicers’ CEO George Adams said: "We’re delighted to welcome Rob and Anil to the Spicers team, at a time when we’ve been driving a host of positive changes throughout the company. Their experience underpins the work already being undertaken in the UK and other European countries and further demonstrates our commitment to delivering the company’s strategy of ‘everything for the office’."


Floortex, the manufacturer of floor protection products, has announced three key appointments.


Gerald Simms was promoted to General Sales Manager at the beginning of June. Simms is in charge initially for the whole of Western Europe, with the target of adding Eastern Europe to his responsibilities from 1 January 2011.


Tony Slim, meanwhile, joined the company on 25 May, initially on a part-time basis, as UK Account Manager, reporting directly to Simms.


The third appointment is that of John Barker, who joined the company as Market Manager in June. Barker reports to Managing Director Steve Bull.


Former Managing Director of German dealer group Büroring, Carsten Marckmann, is to join envelope manufacturer Euro-Kuvert.


Marckmann will join the company in September 2010 as co-Managing Director with Ulrich Vahlensieck, before becoming a partner in the company in the summer of 2011.


This brings Marckmann’s career almost full circle, having started out as an apprentice at German envelope manufacturer Reinhardt Schmidt as a young man, working his way up the ranks before moving to another envelope maker, Mayer.


Euro-Kuvert said that Marckmann’s appointment will ensure a smooth succession process at the company.


Tollit & Harvey, the UK stationery manufacturer taken over by Exacompta Clairefontaine in 2008, has made some key management changes.


Mark Daisley, who has worked for the business for over 17 years, has been appointed Managing Director. Daisley joined the company as an Assistant Accountant and worked his way up to the position of Group Finance Manager in 2005.


Following the acquisition of the business in August 2008, he was appointed Head of Finance/Company Secretary and worked closely with Exacompta Chairman Charles Nusse in the restructuring and reorganisation of the business.


Mark Sander, the current Head of Sales, has announced his decision to leave the business to pursue a career in retailing. Sander has had an interest in the Caithness Crystal Visitor Centre since it was acquired by Tollit & Harvey in 2007 and sees this as the perfect time to become more personally involved in the expansion and development plans of this successful local enterprise. Sander, who will leave at the end of August, has been with Tollit & Harvey for over 35 years.


Joining the company is former Masters of London Sales and Marketing Director, James Mead, who has taken up a similar role at Tollit & Harvey. Mead has been brought in to the business to drive sales through all channels.




Lyreco’s long-serving Managing Director of its Asia operations, Anders Kristiansen, is to leave the company.


In its recent Top 100 Global Resellers, OPI speculated that 2010 could be Kristiansen’s last year with Lyreco in Asia after seven years in the region, but had tipped him as a possible successor to outgoing CEO Eric Bigeard or with another major role in Europe. However, it appears that Kristiansen has decided to leave to pursue other interests.


"During the last ten years Anders has brought to Lyreco his incredible energy and his passion, as well as a motivated will to grow and develop our business," said Eric Bigeard in a memo to colleagues.


"His time in Asia has been sometimes challenging, but very often rewarding. I have enjoyed tremendously the working relationship with him and I am sad to see Anders leave Lyreco, although I do understand his decision."


Following in Kristiansen’s footsteps will be Group Human Resources Director Grégory Liénard who will take up the position of Managing Director of Lyreco Asia Pacific on 1 September. Liénard has been with Lyreco for 15 years, spending his first four years at the Canadian subsidiary in IT and sales roles.


Bigeard said that Liénard’s experience and deep understanding of the Lyreco business model, as well as his passion and strong desire to succeed, will be essential assets for the challenges that lie ahead.