ACCO Brands Corporation has announced that Deborah A. O’Connor has been named as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective April 4, 2022. “Deb is an experienced Chief Financial Officer with a track record of delivering value with deep operational, industry, mergers and acquisitions, international and public company accounting experience. We’re excited to have her join ACCO Brands and help lead our transformation to a faster growing brand-, consumer- and technology-centric company,” said Boris Elisman, ACCO Brands chairman and chief executive officer.
Ms. O’Connor was president and chief financial officer of True Value Company, a wholesaler and distributor of home improvement and hardware products, from 2020 to 2021, having previously served as its senior vice president and chief financial officer from 2015 to 2020. Prior to joining True Value Company, she served in various executive capacities at Office Max/Office Depot.
Ms. O’Connor will succeed Neal Fenwick whose upcoming retirement was announced by the Company on February 15, 2022. In connection with Ms. O’Connor’s appointment as executive vice president and chief financial officer, Mr. Fenwick will step down as chief financial officer and serve as an executive advisor to ensure a smooth transition until he retires in August 2022.
“Neal’s contributions to ACCO Brands over his long career are numerous and profound. He has been instrumental in establishing the financial foundation which has allowed ACCO Brands to invest, grow, acquire, transform and thrive. Neal has been a leader, partner and mentor to many in the company, and a wise counsellor and friend to me. We thank him for his service and congratulate him on starting a new chapter in his life,” concluded Elisman.
ACCO Brands Corporation has also announced that Gina Boswell has been appointed to its Board of Directors. In her last role, Ms. Boswell was president, customer development for Unilever U.S.A., the U.S. arm of Unilever PLC. Prior to that role, she served as executive vice president and general manager for Unilever U.K. and Ireland, as well as executive vice president, Personal Care. Prior to joining Unilever, Ms. Boswell served in various senior leadership positions with several consumer products companies, including The Alberto Culver Company, Avon Products, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and Estee Lauder Companies.
Since 2007, Ms. Boswell has been a director of Manpower Group, Inc., where she serves as a member of the Audit Committee, and Governance and Sustainability Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc., where she is a member of the Compensation and Governance Committees.
Boris Elisman commented, “Gina joins our Board with a track record of accomplishments and many years of experience at a number of major consumer products companies. We look forward to the contributions she will make, as we continue to transform our business to be more consumer, brand and technology centric. We believe she will bring great value to our Board and are excited to have her join us.”
Source: ACCO Brands
Source: ACCO Brands