OPI is saddened to learn of the death of Martin Bentley, a popular figure in the UK office products industry in the 1980s and 1990s.
Bentley passed away on 23 August, aged 76, following a battle with ill health. He joined the office supplies industry in the mid-1970s, working under Graeme Chapman at ACCO UK – where he soon made a name for himself as a creative marketer and presenter.
After 12 years at ACCO, Bentley moved to lead group marketing at leading contract stationer Dudley. He spent another dozen years there before being appointed Managing Director of dealer group Officeteam Europe – a role he only occupied for a few months before resigning over a difference of opinion on the direction of the business.
“Martin’s zest for life and enthusiasm rubbed off onto many he came across,” Chapman told OPI. “He had a unique and effective way of communicating […] and will be missed by many.”
OPI extends its deepest sympathies to Martin’s wife, Carole, and all his family and friends.