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Oce Names Execs to Lead Sales of Document Printing Systems Business

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, Oct. 25 Oce, a global leader in digital document management and delivery technology, today announced the appointment of Michael J. Roberts as Vice President, Sales and Richard M. Thompson as Vice President, Marketing of its Document Printing Systems (DPS) business unit in the U.S. Michael Roberts will head the 300+ person direct sales organization as it assists customers in realizing productivity gains through the application of Oce's document management technologies. Richard Thompson will lead marketing strategy and execution for Oce's hardware, software, and consulting services to its key markets in office printing, centralized reproduction, print for pay, and dealer sales. Both individuals bring considerable knowledge and experience to their new assignments. "Mike and Richard have distinguished themselves in a variety of business unit responsibilities over many years with the Oce group,'' said Wendell Wilson, Group Vice President of the Document Printing Systems business unit of Oce-USA, Inc. "They are especially qualified to lead their respective functions as we enhance our focus on helping organizations master the management of documents to enhance critical business functions.'' Mike Roberts rejoins the DPS unit after four years as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, of the Oce Imaging Supplies organization. He directed activities to improve profitability, productivity, and service levels, helping establish Oce Imaging Supplies as a reprographic supplies market leader. Previously he spent ten years as Regional Sales Director within the DPS sales organization providing leadership as Oce expanded its presence in the Midwest, South, and West coast. Mike began his sales career with the Xerox Corporation holding various positions from sales representative to District Sales Manager. Roberts has a B.S. degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois University. He begins his new responsibilities on December 1, 2001. Richard Thompson joins Oce-USA, Inc. with seventeen years of sales and marketing experience with Oce in the UK and Ireland. For the past five years he has been Managing Director of Oce-Ireland, Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oce N.V. During that time he guided Oce-Ireland to a multi-fold revenue increase in its target markets. Other Oce assignments included sales and marketing directorships for the Printing Systems group of Oce-UK, Ltd. and various marketing responsibilities for its Wide Format Printing Systems business unit. Thompson holds a B.S. degree in Geography and a postgraduate diploma in Marketing Studies from the University of Huddersfield in North Yorkshire, England.