ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--Feb. 10, 2004-- Danka Business Systems PLC today announced the appointment of Erik Vonk, chairman and chief executive officer of Gevity, as a non-executive director to Danka's board of directors. In this capacity he will serve on the Human Resources and Danka 21 board committees. This appointment brings the membership of Danka's board to ten.
"Erik is another great addition to our board," said Lang Lowrey, Danka chairman and chief executive officer. "He brings international knowledge and experience in growing companies that will be very helpful to Danka as we enter the next phase of our turnaround. At Gevity he successfully transformed an under-performing business to a profitably growing industry leader which saw its stock price quintuple during the last 18 months."
Following a successful career in banking and corporate finance in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, Mr. Vonk established and built the North American operations for Randstad, one of Europe's largest staffing companies. The company saw its revenues develop from $0 to $1.5 billion from 1992 to 1999.
Mr. Vonk holds board membership positions with the Carter Center, Goizueta Business School at Emory University, and the Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs. In addition he serves as Honorary Consul of the Netherlands for Georgia and South Carolina and is the author of "Don't Get a Job, Get a Life", a book about flexible employment and work/life balance.
Erik Vonk commented, "As Danka re-emerges as a leading document solutions provider, it is exciting to support Lang, his team, and the Board in their endeavors to secure a successful future for the company."
In addition to Lowrey and Vonk, other Danka directors are Dr. Kevin C. Daly, CEO of Avamar Technologies Inc. and former CTO for Quantum Corp.'s Storage Solutions Group; Jaime W. Ellertson, chief executive officer and a director of S1 Corporation and current board member of Apropos Technologies, Inc. and Trigo Technologies; Michael B. Gifford, a director of The Gillette Company, former group chief executive of the Rank Organization Plc, and former chairman of Danka; Richard M. Haddrill, president and CEO of Manhattan Associates; Christopher B. Harned, managing director of the Cypress Group LLC; W. Andrew McKenna, a director at Auto Zone Inc, former president of SciQuest.com, and former executive at The Home Depot; J. Ernest Riddle, a director at AirNet Systems Inc., a trustee of Brevard College, a member of the Board of the Visitors of the University of North Carolina, and former president/COO of Norrell Services Inc.; James L. Singleton, President of The Cypress Group LLC and also a director of WESCO International Inc., ClubCorp Inc., HomeRuns.Com. Inc., and L.P. Thebault Company.
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