Stamford, Conn. - Pitney Bowes Inc. announced today that Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Juanita James has decided to retire.
James, who joined the company in 1999, has left a wide and lasting mark on Pitney Bowes. She was initially recruited to lead two complex global projects for the Human Resources function, which both delivered significant benefits to the company in terms of simplifying business processes, improving service levels and lowering costs. James then transitioned into a business unit role, leading the effort that ultimately resulted in Pitney Bowes moving decisively into the marketing services business through several acquisitions.
In 2006, James was appointed Chief Communications Officer, responsible for internal and external communications, investor relations, and corporate citizenship and philanthropy. In 2007, the corporate marketing function was added to her portfolio of responsibilities. In this capacity, James has overseen the revitalization of the Pitney Bowes brand, the relaunching of the internal communications web portal known as Inside PB, and the globalization of the public relations and corporate citizenship functions.
James has held numerous community and national nonprofit leadership positions over the years, including serving on the boards of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, the Childcare Learning Centers, Reading is Fundamental, and the Ferguson Library. She is a former trustee of her alma mater, Princeton University, and is a current Trustee of Lesley University. Her contributions to the community have earned her numerous awards and honors, including recognition as Stamford's Citizen of the Year for 2009. James and her husband, Dudley Williams, Jr., were honored by Moffley Media this month as Fairfield County's "Most Involved Couple."
"Juanita is that rare business executive who truly brings out the best in everyone she works with. She has made valuable business contributions to Pitney Bowes, and she has lifted our spirits with her passionate commitment to the company, the community, and the world at large," said Pitney Bowes Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Murray Martin.
"I have enjoyed many wonderful opportunities here at Pitney Bowes," said James. "It is a company with strong values and integrity and it is an innovative company that is constantly reinventing itself in anticipation of future customer needs. I am proud to be associated with such an outstanding organization."