Xerox confirms new structure with UK MD appointment

Xerox has appointed long-standing employee Andrew Morrison as the first managing director of its UK and Ireland operation.

The decision confirms the decision, first discussed by Xerox Corporation chief executive Jeff Jacobson in an exclusive interview with PrintWeek in October, that Xerox will now treat each country it deals with as a standalone business.

Morrison has been with Xerox for 15 years, serving the last three years as president of Xerox Europe’s Large Enterprise Organisation. He has also been senior vice-president of US client operations and senior vice-president of global delivery and business development.

Morrison, who said he was looking forward to working with the Xerox team and making 2017 a defining year in terms of growth, will begin in the role on 1 January 2017. He is one of the first managing directors to be announced in the new setup. 

Speaking to PrintWeek in October, Jacobson said: "Whereas today there’s not one head of the UK, there’s a head of European channels, we will have one person who can see all of it, take a country and market view and ask if we should acquire that customer through a reseller or direct. We think we’ll have much more focus that way.”

Xerox also announced the appointment of Herve Tessler as president of international operations. He moves from his current role as president of Xerox’s corporate operations, having been with the company for 29 years, serving in various other leadership roles across the company.

It’s been a year of change for Xerox, with the announcement coming in January that it would split into two different businesses, Document Technology and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), then confirmed by its chief executive Ursula Burns just before Drupa.

Jacobson now heads up the Document Technology side and Ashok Vemuri is BPO chief executive.

It was then heavily reported that it would be purchasing RR Donnelley, before rumours of the merger were kicked into touch.

Last week, it installed the world’s first Xerox DTO direct-to-shape printing system at DCL Print in Crawley. 

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