Bowden Named xpedx EVP, Weisenbach to Retire
CINCINNATI—August 31, 2009—Steve Bowden has been named executive vice president of Marketing and Sales for xpedx, replacing Tom Weisenbach who will retire from the company Sept. 30. xpedx is a division of International Paper where Steve will also serve as vice president.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University. He has been with International Paper for 22 years, and has held various leadership positions, including mill manager of the company’s Augusta, Georgia manufacturing facility, and North American business manager for IP’s Bleached Board division.
In 2006 Steve joined xpedx, the company’s distribution business, as vice president of its Stores division. He will continue in this role as he assumes overarching responsibility for sales and marketing of xpedx printing, packaging and facility supplies businesses, as well as management of the company’s National Accounts and Enterprise Solutions divisions. He will be based at xpedx’s corporate headquarters in Loveland, Ohio near Cincinnati.
“Steve has done an outstanding job leading the xpedx Stores’ organization for the past three years,” said Tom Kadien, president of xpedx. “I am confident that he will successfully lead our team to develop and implement strategies to grow market share.”
Weisenbach will leave the company after 35 years of service. Throughout his career, he has held a number of senior management-level positions, including vice president of the company’s Tri-State Group, and senior vice president of its former South Central Region.
Weisenbach began his tenure in 1974 with Chatfield Paper Co. (Zellerbach), starting out as a commissioned sales representative in Marion, OH. Later, under his leadership, both the Tri-State Group and South Central Region were among the top performers at xpedx. In 2008 Tom restructured the xpedx marketing and sales organization, creating customer-centric business models for serving the printing, manufacturing and facility maintenance industries.
“Tom is a man of sound character and a great role model for our organization,” said xpedx President Tom Kadien. “We’ll miss his market expertise, his leadership, and his keen ability to develop and mentor our team members.”
Tom earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Ohio State University, Columbus. Upon retirement, Tom will pursue opportunities in higher education, teaching sales, marketing and leadership at Ohio University, Athens. He will also continue to volunteer on behalf of pediatric medicine, and will serve on the Board of Directors for Lion Apparel, a Dayton business.
xpedx is the world’s largest distributor of printing paper and graphic supplies and equipment with more than 235 locations across North America. It is also a major distributor of packaging and janitorial-sanitary supplies and equipment. For more information go to xpedx.com.