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Hewlett-Packard (HP) has promoted John McCain to head up HP Services, following Steve Smith‘s resignation. McCain will serve as senior VP and general manager of the division and report to Ann Livermore, EVP of the company’s technology solutions group. Palo Alto (CA)
HNI, the office furniture manufacturer, has announced the election of Mary Bell to its board of directors. Bell is VP of Caterpillar as well as chairman and president of Caterpillar Logistics Services. Muscatine (IA)
Imation has said chairman and CEO Bruce Henderson will take a medical leave of absence. He was diagnosed in August with a malignant brain tumour. COO Frank Russomanno was named to the additional posts of president and acting CEO. Oakdale (MN)
MeadWestvaco has elected James Kilts to its board of directors. Kilts is a founding partner of New York-based investment banking firm Centerview Partners. Richmond (VA)
United Stationers‘ board of directors has elected P Cody Phipps as president of United Stationers Supply. He has been with the company for three years, most recently as senior VP of operations. Deerfield (IL)
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has elected Wachovia CEO Ken Thompson to its board of directors. Thompson is the ninth member of the board and its seventh outside director. He has been serving as the bank’s CEO since 2000. Palo Alto (CA)
Lexmark International‘s board of directors has elected Jean-Paul Montupet as a new director. Lexington (KY)
Acme United’s president and CEO Walter Johnsen has been elected chairman of the board, effective 1 January. The current chairman, Gary Penisten, will become chairman emeritus at the same time. Brian Olschan has been promoted to president and COO. All three individuals are members of the board of directors and will stand for re-election at the annual meeting of shareholders, which will be held in April of next year. Fairfield (CT)




Buhrmann‘s shareholders have approved the nomination of Rob van den Bergh and Tom de Swaan as two new members of the supervisory board. Gert Smit, who has served on the board since 1998, has retired from his position. Amsterdam (NL)
Canon Europe has appointed Eduardo Beltrão as European online communications manager to spearhead the redesign of its website (
London (UK)
Advanced Stamp and Plate, the Sheffield-based custom rubber stamp supplier, has announced a consultancy agreement with David Grassby, the former director of marketing at Spicers. Sheffield (UK)
Abels Moving Services has appointed Neil Pertoldi as general manager of international services. He has been with the company since 2001. In his new role, Pertoldi will oversee the international business which accounts for half of the firm’s sales revenue. Brandon (UK)




Sidney Deuitch, president and CEO of Data Accessories Corporation has announced his retirement effective 1 April 2008. Offers are being considered for the sale of the 25-year-old computer accessories manufacturer. Toronto (CAN)




Newell Rubbermaid is to invest $2.6 million in relocating its Home Products division from Fairlawn, Ohio to Huntersville, North Carolina. The investment is expected to create 320 jobs in Huntersville over a five-year period. Roughly 120 jobs are expected to be lost at Fairlawn as a result of the relocation. The company’s FoodService Products division has been located in Huntersville since 2004. Huntersville (NC)
Office Depot is to break ground on a new 28-acre site for its global headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. The company is building a 600,000 sq ft facility in the Arvida Park of Commerce. It is thought that Depot could earn up to $16.7 million in incentives for the relocation. Boca Raton (FL)
Brother Canada’s construction work, which will nearly double its 50,000 sq ft head office and warehouse in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, is expected to be completed this month. Brother Canada president Martin Featherston said: "The expansion of our corporate head office and warehouse facilities was designed to increase logistics capacity to address Brother’s business growth in the office products market in Canada." The company does not expect to create more jobs once the building work is complete. Dollard-des-Ormeaux (CAN)