People & Places





Eastman Kodak’s board of directors has named Laura Quatela as a VP at the company. Quatela has been with the firm since 1999, most recently as director of intellectual property transactions. Rochester (NY)


Imation CEO, Bruce Henderson, is beginning a course of radiation therapy in the treatment of a malignant brain tumour. Henderson will remain chairman and CEO while undergoing treatment, which is expected to last between six and eight weeks. Oakdale (MN)


National Office Products Council (NOPC) president Bob Parker has sadly passed away. The ever-popular industry leader died peacefully in his sleep following a strong and courageous battle against illness.


In November last year, it was announced Bob was to take a medical leave of absence from his post as CEO of O’Sullivan Industries. Bob will be fondly remembered for his business acumen, sharp wit, and tireless fund-raising and leadership of the NOPC’s campaigns in support of the City of Hope, efforts which have donated tens of millions of dollars.


OPI will run a full obituary in memory of Bob’s achievements in next month’s issue. Duarte (CA)


The National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) has named Meredith Hurt as director of communications. Hurt joins NOPA from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), a Washington DC-based trade association. Alexandria (VA)


3M’s board of directors has elected a new member – W James Farrell. He will serve on the board’s audit and finance committees. St Paul (MN)


Corporate Express has named Robert VanHees as SVP and CFO of Corporate Express North America, effective of 18 September. VanHees has been with the company since 1995 and has most recently been serving as CFO of Corporate Express Europe. Broomfield (CO)




Swyx, a vendor of telephony solutions, has appointed Harald Bender as director of channel marketing. Bender has been with the company since 1999 in charge of marketing in Central Europe. Reading (UK)


Officeworld’s former CEO, Simon Fox, has been named as the new CEO of HMV Group. Fox, who has most recently been serving as COO of Kesa Electricals, with specific responsibility for Comet, will take over from Alan Giles at the end of September. London (UK)


Kingfield Heath has named Christopher Barry as regional sales manager for Scotland. Barry joins Kingfield Heath from Britvic. Sheffield (UK)




Office Depot has appointed Teddy Chung to the newly created Shanghai post of Asia SVP and MD. Chung has joined Office Depot from Avery Dennison where he served for 20 years, most recently as SVP of the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong. Delray Beach (FL)


The Office National Group has announced the appointments of Ian Bowden as general manager of operations, Phil Saddleton as national sales manager and Brooke Kennedy as marketing manager. New South Wales (AUS)


The GCC Group, manufacturer of alternative toner cartridges, has promoted Clifford Eagle to director of sales and marketing for Asia Pacific. Eagle has been with the company since 1998, serving as administrative operations manager. Hong Kong (CHN)




Stora Enso is to sell its Pankakoski Mill in Finland to a group of international investors. The sale is part of the company’s asset performance review which aims to secure a competitive European production base. The debt-free sales price is €20 million ($25.3 million). Helsinki (FIN)


Originals, which specialises in the development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of unique consumer products has announced an exclusive partnership with UK-based manufacturer Rapesco. Under the terms of the deal, Originals will offer the full range of Rapesco office products in North America. Deerfield (IL)


UPM’s Voikkaa paper mill and Kymi paper machine number seven have been closed down for the final time. The closure of the mill ends 109 years of paper manufacturing on the site. Helsinki (FIN)


Tembec, a large forest products company, has temporarily closed several sawmills in Quebec and Ontario. They are expected to remain closed for two weeks. Reasons include market conditions and product pricing. Quebec (CAN)


UPM Raflatac is to build a new pressure sensitive labelstock factory in Dixon, Illinois. The $109 million investment will create a new factory focussing on serving label converters in the US Midwest market and will offer the company’s full range of paper and filmic products. Construction is expected to be completed in Q1 2008. Dixon (IL)


Wal-Mart Stores’ vice-chairman, Michael Duke, has announced that the company is to sell its German retail division to Metro Group. Further details of the sale have not been disclosed. Bentonville (ARK)