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Kodak Alaris appoints former IBM exec as chairman

Rochester Business Journal
April 9, 2014

Kodak Alaris Holdings Ltd. has appointed a chairman, effective May 1.

Mark Elliott, a longtime IBM Corp. executive, succeeds Steven Ross, who served as interim chairman. Elliott will report to the board of directors of KPP Trustees Ltd., the trustee for the Kodak Pension Plan of the United Kingdom and Kodak Alaris’ sole shareholder.

Elliott also will be responsible for working with the management team to set and implement the strategy and direction of Kodak Alaris and for the overall governance of the Kodak Alaris Holdings board.

“The KPP and I are extremely pleased that Mark will join us as chairman of the board and provide senior leadership for Kodak Alaris going forward,” Ross said in a statement. “His solid experience in management, sales, software and services together with his diverse corporate board leadership will bring a fresh and bold perspective to our business,”
Kodak Alaris’ CEO Ralf Gerbershagen will report to Elliott. Gerbershagen began as CEO April 1 and was at Kodak Alaris facilities here this week. An interview with him is to appear in the Friday edition of the Rochester Business Journal.

Ross remains a non-executive director to represent the interests of the KPP on the Kodak Alaris Holdings board.

Elliott began his professional career at IBM Corp. in 1970. He held a series of executive and general management positions in IBM Global Services and IBM Software Group. He retired from IBM in 2008.

He is based in Florida, but spends some of his time in the United Kingdom.

On Sept. 3, the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan acquired the Kodak Document Imaging and Personalized Imaging businesses from Eastman Kodak Co. and created Kodak Alaris.

The company, which launched with $1.3 billion in revenues, employs some 700 workers in Rochester and some 4,700 globally. It operates in 30 countries globally.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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