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The winds of change: 18 November 2008

Monday, 17 November 2008
By Print 21 Online Article

The printing industry has more people coming and going than an airport. This week, Print 21 catches up with Richard Bailey from HP, Kathy Wilson from Ricoh and Grant Harrod from Salmat.

New vice president for HP IPG

Restructuring in HP’s South Pacific Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) results in the appointment of Richard Bailey as vice president.

Bailey (pictured) moves to the role from HP’s Financial Services Division where he served as vice president of Asia Pacific & Japan.  In his new role he will be responsible for driving the imaging and printing business, products, supplies and business printing solutions across consumer, small to medium business through to enterprise and graphic arts segments for Australia and New Zealand.

Within IPG, he will also be overseeing the South Pacific consumer segment go-to-market strategy which covers the range of stylish, mobile and easy to use products, from handhelds to home entertainment devices, personal computers and photo and document printers.

"The IPG business is well positioning in the South Pacific market and we have a clear strategy for continued growth. With HP’s Print 2.0 strategy we are focused on offering exceptional products and services to meet the imaging and printing requirements of our customers," he said.

"By leveraging the relationships with our channel partners and customers, we are confident of delivering the very best value to end-users to maintain our competitive edge."

Prior to joining HP in 2006, Bailey was the managing director for GE Commercial Finance for Australia and New Zealand, where he oversaw the equipment finance and vendor finance segments. 

Ricoh calls Kathy back home
Kathy Wilson returns to Australia to take up the role of general manager for production/solutions at Ricoh.

When she heard about the role, Wilson (pictured) saw that there was a lot of opportunity for both herself and the company and decided to come onboard. "It’s a very exciting time for Ricoh internationally, especially in production side of things," she said.

Prior to this role, Wilson spent eight years with EFI, living in the US.

"It’s fabulous to be back in Australia," she said. "Everything is a strange combination of familiar and different."

In this role, Wilson will be in charge of strategic direction and showcasing Ricoh’s solutions portfolio and production hardware to the Australian market.

"Internationally Ricoh is showing that it is putting lots of attention and resources into the production side of the business and Australia reflects that focus," she said.


Salmat appoints new chief executive officer
Grant Harrod steps on board as Salmat’s new chief executive officer.
Harrod will commence with Salmat on 1 April 2009 and work alongside joint managing directors, Philip Salter and Peter Mattick, through to the end of their current contracted period.  Both Salter and Mattick recently renewed a three-year contract that expired in October 2008 for a further 12 months.
“This is an exciting time for the business and we are confident that Grant Harrod is the right person to lead Salmat through its next stage of development,” they said.
Harrod (pictured) joins Salmat following 13 years with business-to-business distribution supplier, Corporate Express Australia Limited, including the past six years as managing director and chief executive officer.
“I’m excited to be joining the Salmat team at such a significant phase in its develoipment,” Harrod said.
“Following a period of strategic investment and restructuring, Salmat is ready to move into its next stage of growth.  I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead this growth and continue Salmat’s long history of success.”

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