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NRF ‘BIG Show’ gets underway

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — The National Retail Federation’s 102nd Annual Convention & Expo, also referred to as Retail’s BIG Show, opened on Sunday, with more than 27,000 attendees from more than 70 countries around the globe. The event, taking place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, runs through Jan. 15.

The lineup of speakers for the show ranges from designer Donna Karan to Starbucks Coffee Co. founder and CEO Howard Schultz to Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon. On Monday, Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will deliver the keynote address, focusing on how retailers can contribute to world peace by helping nations build economic prosperity.

On Tuesday, Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will accept the NRF’s prestigious Gold Award, and Christine Day, CEO of Lululemon, will accept the International Retailer of the Year Award.

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Former Tyco exec new president of National Envelope

BY CSA STAFF

FRISCO, Texas — National Envelope, a privately held envelopes manufacturer in North America, has appointed former Tyco executive Jim Pinto to president and COO.

An affiliate of global investment firm the Gores Group, National Envelope regards itself as an environmental leader in the paper and envelope converting industries and has certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council, Rainforest Alliance, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification and Green Seal.

Prior to joining National Envelope, Pinto previously held executive roles in industrial manufacturing companies, responsible for billion dollar supply chain organizations, and most recently served in the position of global VP of operations and supply chain management with Atkore International, a divestiture of Tyco International.

“Jim Pinto is the right person to lead National Envelope to a new era of success. He is a pragmatic, solid leader and National Envelope is fortunate to have him at the helm,” said Tim Meyer, chairman of the board of National Envelope and managing director for the Gores Group. “His operational experience in commodity type environments and extensive knowledge of the industry, combined with his track record of success helping businesses reach their potential make him an incredible asset.”

Prior to joining Atkore, Pinto was president and CEO at Clyde Union LLC, which supplies engineered industrial pump systems to the oil and gas, nuclear power and water industries globally. In addition, Pinto spent more than 20 years in progressive roles within Textron Inc., a multi-industry business serving the aerospace, automotive, financial and industrial markets. His positions included VP and GM as well as VP of integrated supply chain. He earned an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

“Today’s envelope and direct marketing communications industry requires a forward-looking vision, and we are entering a new phase in National Envelope’s ongoing transformation,” said Pinto. “Commercial and operational excellence are critical components for both transformation and success, and we’re looking forward to positioning National for growth. I’m proud to be a part of this exceptional organization, and as we begin a new year, I look forward to continuing to work with our team members to execute a revitalized strategy."

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First Data CEO says good-bye

BY CSA STAFF

ATLANTA — First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, has announced that CEO Jon Judge plans to retire from the company for health reasons.

First Data offers e-commerce solutions to merchants, financial institutions and their customers. First Data leverages its product portfolio and expertise to drive customer revenue and profitability, and facilitates payment by debit or credit card, gift card, check or mobile phone, online or at the checkout counter.

“While my plans didn’t anticipate such an early retirement, those plans needed to be changed for the benefit of my health,” said Judge. “The directors have been very understanding and very gracious in their accommodation.”

First Data’s board will search for a new CEO, and Judge will remain in his position until a transition is made.

“We appreciate all the results Jon has accomplished at First Data. He has provided great leadership and helped us take action to make First Data ‘a great place to work,’” said board chairman Joe Forehand. “Jon has helped the company drive a customer-first focus. Over the last eight quarters under Jon’s leadership First Data’s EBITDA has grown significantly. We’ve made great progress in bringing new, innovative products to market and we are a leader in the ongoing changes impacting the payments industry. We will miss Jon’s leadership and wish him well in his recovery.”

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