July 13, 2004 -- (WhatTheyThink.com) -- In a recent reorganization, Reed Business Information (RBI) shuffled a number of positions and removed others. On July 2, Vince Naselli, who served as Director of TrendWatch Graphic Arts, was let go and so was a number of other RBI staff.
Neither Susan Mulcahy, VP Research, nor Kathleen McNamara, Corporate Communications, was willing to confirm the number of staff cut. They did provide the official company statement: "As we have in the past, we continue to restructure a number of cost components, which unfortunately, sometimes results in staff reductions. These are always hard decisions, but necessary, as we continue to compete in a tougher marketplace and deliver value to our customers and shareholders."
It appears that although Naselli will no longer be on staff, TrendWatch Graphic Arts will continue to offer the same team they have used in the past. These include well-known industry experts like Richard Romano, Anita Dennis, and Heidi Tolliver-Nigro.
Naselli joined the company in 2001 shortly after Reed acquired TrendWatch Graphic Arts from Dr. Joseph Webb and James R. Whittington. Naselli said he came in to "mainstream" the TrendWatch business; he expanded the portfolio of products and services, adding more research and opportunities like the monthly TrendWatch column at WhatTheyThink.com.
He will continue his private consulting as Naselli & Associates, offering contract marketing services, sales assistance, research projects and other consulting services to companies and associations. "After the word got around – rather quickly, I might add – that I was no longer a part of TrendWatch Graphic Arts, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of well-wishers," said Naselli. "Some people I hadn’t heard from in years called just to touch base. It reminds me again how close-knit this industry can be."
by Gail Nickel-Kailing, Senior WTT Editor. Gail can be reached via email at [email protected]