KATUN’S NEW EXECT’S IN SENIOR SALES
KATUN’S NEW EXECT’S IN SENIOR SALES
2005-02-18 at 10:56:00 am #10349
Katun Corporation Names Former General Electric, Xerox
Executives to Senior Sales, Marketing Positions in U.S., Europe
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 05 — Katun Corporation, the world’s
largest supplier of OEM-compatible supplies and parts to the office equipment
industry, today announced that two veteran technology executives have joined the
company in senior sales and marketing positions.
The company announced that Russell (Russ) St. John has been
appointed senior vice president for marketing and product deployment, where he
will drive product research and development for the Katun Imaging Division, lead
marketing, supply chain and quality teams, and help to chart the company’s
overall strategic direction.
Prior to joining Katun, St. John was with General Electric
Aircraft Engines and Engine Services, where he held increasingly responsible
positions in marketing, sales and technical product development for more than 20
years. Most recently, St. John was director of material products marketing,
where he led development of growth strategy for a large aftermarket business. In
this position, he oversaw multiple products and markets, established roadmaps
for product and services development, and developed sales and marketing
strategies for a complex, worldwide customer base. At GE, he also earned the Six
Sigma Master Black Belt Certification and led a 137-member Six Sigma team for GE
Engine Services at locations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
A licensed professional engineer, St. John holds both an
M.B.A. and a double-major B.S. in mechanical engineering and material science
from the University of Connecticut. St. John is located at Katun’s headquarters
Katun also announced that Michael Gierden has been
appointed to vice president of sales for Europe, where he will direct sales
programs for Katun’s extensive European operations.
Gierden brings more than a decade of international sales
and marketing management experience to Katun. Most recently, he directed sales
and marketing for the Xerox Global Services business for Xerox Corporation in
Germany, where he led a team of more than 25 business development and account
managers. Gierden’s experience also includes three years as a global account
general manager in Xerox’s Global Account Management organization in Europe,
where he successfully developed and implemented global account business plans
covering more than 70 different countries with his account team. Prior to this,
he worked eight years with Toshiba GmbH, Germany, and with Novell in several
sales and marketing functions managing product marketing and channel sales and
well as business planning.
Gierden holds an M.A. in marketing and communication from
the Marketing Academy in Dusseldorf and is located at Katun’s sales operation
center in Germany.
“We are pleased to welcome these skilled, experienced
professionals to Katun and we look forward to the contributions they will make,”
said Dan Olszewski, president and CEO. “As we continue to grow, expand our
product range and deepen our commitment to quality and our customers, we’re
committed to attracting the best talent.”
About Katun Corporation
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Katun Corporation is the
world’s largest supplier of OEM-compatible imaging supplies, photoreceptors and
parts, as well as a leading manufacturer of fuser rollers and other select
products, for the office equipment industry. With more than 25 years of
expertise and experience in the office equipment industry, the privately held
Katun now serves more than 19,000 customers in more than 170 countries.