The Queen's Award for the overseas sales of book printing presses was presented to Timsons Ltd. at a ceremony at the company's UK headquarters recently. It was attended by all of the company's employees and almost 100 guests. After the reading of the citation, the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, Lady Juliet Townsend, presented a scroll to Timsons' Managing Director Peter Brown and a commemorative engraved rose bowl to Jane Brown, director and granddaughter of the company founder.
Polly USA, previously the independent distributor with the exclusive right to market Polly sheetfed offset presses in the United States and Canada, has been acquired by the manufacturer of Polly presses, Grafitec, headquartered in the Czech Republic. Polly USA now operates and is managed as a wholly owned subsidiary company of the parent company and will continue directing North American operations from its headquarters in Jacksonville, FL. All key members of the Polly USA management team remain in place.
IKON Office Solutions announced that Matthew Espe has been appointed president and CEO. Espe was most recently president and CEO of GE Lighting. He brings to his new position at IKON more than 20 years of experience in distribution, sales and marketing. To smooth the transition to new leadership, James Forese will remain as chairman of the board of directors until the company's next annual meeting in February 2003.
Escher-Grad Technologies has appointed Robert Lee to the position of vice president of sales. He previously was employed by M3i Systems as senior vice president of sales.
Georgia-Pacific has appointed Terry Gould as director of sales for its commercial papers group. He enters this new role after serving for nearly six years as director of sales and marketing for the Kraft Paper Group at G-P. Gould joined the company in 1988 in the containerboard and packaging division.