OPI TALK
CEO Greg Liénard discusses challenges and change at Lyreco

CEO Greg Liénard discusses challenges and change at Lyreco

January 28, 2021

Our guest in this episode of OPI Talk is Greg Liénard, CEO of Lyreco. Greg – a long-standing company executive – has been at the helm of the global business supplies reseller since July 2019. During the past 18 months or so, he’s certainly had his work cut out, first continuing on the transformation path that his predecessor set out and then dealing with a global pandemic while at the same time putting a new long-term strategic plan in place.

OPI’s Heike Dieckmann caught up with Greg just before Christmas for a chat that formed the basis of our Big Interview in the January/February issue of OPI. This is an excerpt from this interview. For more information on topics such as Lyreco’s global footprint – and why it exited markets such as Canada and Australia – plus its five new strategic pillars, make sure you are subscribed to OPI, so you can ready the full feature in the magazine.

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Mike Tucker discusses the IOPFDA (NOPA) merger with ISSA

Mike Tucker discusses the IOPFDA (NOPA) merger with ISSA

January 25, 2021

OPI speaks to Mike Tucker about IOPFDA’s new relationship with cleaning association ISSA.

Towards to the end of last year, it was confirmed that the Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealer Alliance (IOPFDA) – which includes NOPA – had merged with worldwide cleaning association ISSA.

OPI News Editor Andy Braithwaite caught up with IOPFDA Executive Director Mike Tucker for more details of this partnership and what it means for IOPFDA and its members.

 

Episode produced by Andy Braithwaite
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Why did Paragon Group acquire Spicers-OfficeTeam last year? Interview with Sean Shine and Steve Horne

Why did Paragon Group acquire Spicers-OfficeTeam last year? Interview with Sean Shine and Steve Horne

January 15, 2021

In this OPI Talk podcast, we feature part of an interview that OPI CEO Steve Hilleard and News Editor Andy Braithwaite conducted with Sean Shine, CEO of Ireland-based Paragon, and Steve Horne, CEO of OT Group, the entity created following Paragon’s acquisition of those SPOT assets.

If, like many in the office products industry, you had never heard of Paragon until last year, this podcast will give you a better understanding of the group. You will also learn why it decided to acquire OfficeTeam, ZenOffice, Spicers Ireland and certain other assets, and what the underlying problems were at SPOT that forced it into administration.

Make sure you are subscribed to OPI to read more from this interview in the January/February 2021 issue of OPI magazine and online at opi.net. It will cover topics such as the strategic priorities for the OT Group, how it is responding to market conditions in the UK, adapting to work from home and dealing with Brexit, plus its new relationship with the EOSA purchasing organisation.

Note: this interview was conducted in December 2020, before it was publicised that Steve Horne will be stepping down from his role as CEO of OT Group, effective the end of March 2021.

 

Episode produced by Andy Braithwaite
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