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Kodak Alaris names new members of leadership team

Rochester Business Journal
June 23, 2014

Kodak Alaris Holdings Ltd. on Monday announced several leadership changes, including a new chief marketing officer, general counsel and three new members to its board.

James Soames was named the company’s first chief marketing officer, responsible for global brand, marketing and communications. He most recently was a marketing director with Motorola Mobility, a Google-owned company. His position is effective June 23, and he will be based at the company’s UK headquarters in Hemel Hempstead, near London.

John O’Reilly was appointed general counsel and company secretary. His position is effective in September. O’Reilly previously was assistant general counsel EMEA at Parker Hannifin. He will be on the executive committee and based in Hemel Hempstead.

Brian Larcombe, Patrick De Smedt and Steve Webster were named as non-executive directors of the Kodak Alaris Holdings Ltd.  

Since the company’s separation from Eastman Kodak Co. in Sept. 2013 it has continued to further its growth and expansion by adding key executive team members, officials said.

“As we continue to drive Kodak Alaris’ transformation, these key appointments will be critical to the company’s success,” said Ralf Gerbershagen, CEO Kodak Alaris Holdings Limited.

In April, Kodak Alaris named longtime IBM Corp. executive Mark Elliott as chairman. He 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.

In September 2013, 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.

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