HP Canada shakes up printing and imaging group

Lloyd Bryant still leads the imaging and printing group (IPG) at HP Canada (NYSE: HPQ) as vice-president and general manager, but a number of the executives under him now hold new positions following a series of staffing changes announced last week that come into effect on Nov. 1.

“We’re excited to announce several changes in our IPG business management structure that will create multiple synergies for us to deliver printing innovations to the market” said Bryant, in a statement.

Many of the changes were sparked by the pending departure of Janet LeMare, who is retiring as vice-president, managed enterprise services (MES) after a 22-year career with HP.

Taking her place heading MES, and with responsibility HP Managed Print Services (MPS) and Enterprise Sales, is Gary Drysdale. Drysdale has held senior positions with HP Canada over the past 15 years and moves over from the LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions Group.

Serge Leger replaces Drysdale as vice-resident, LaserJet & Enterprise Solutions, with accountability for category marketing and business development. Responsibility for wholesale and distribution business also moves into his organization. Leger moves over from HP Consumer Sales where he was responsible for the management of the IPG business within the retail sector as well as for InkJet hardware and supplies.

Anita Grassl replaces Leger and assumes the role of vice-president, Inkjet and Web Solutions, with accountability for category marketing, business development, retail sales and second tier solutions. Grassl previously held the position of vice-president, IPG Canada channel sales and aftermarket supplies, focused on the commercial VAR channel and supplies distribution partners.

Patrick Harrison assumes the lead of a newly created team as vice-president, commercial sales. He will be responsible for overseeing all commercial outbound and inside sales nationally. The commercial channel business previously led by Grassl moves into his organization. Harrison is an HP veteran, and was formerly national sales manager for IPG.

Focusing on HP Canada’s graphic solutions market, Mark Lehmann, vice-president, large format printing business, will now be responsible for management of both Designjet and Scitex building on the synergies across the two segments. Lehmann has 23 years of sales and management experience in the IT industry, with more than nine years at HP Canada.

Danny Ionescu, vice-president, sales and marketing, graphic arts, will now be exclusively focused on managing HP Canada’s Webpress and Indigo business.

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