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ACCO Brands names Europe division leader

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Lincolnshire-based ACCO Brands Corp. said James "Jay" Mitchell has been named senior vice president, ACCO Brands and president, ACCO Brands Europe, with full responsibility for the general management of the company's European business.

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Most recently, Mitchell was senior vice president, Operations, ACCO Brands International, overseeing European operations.  Mitchell also held a variety of increasingly responsible positions within the former Mead organization, encompassing marketing, sales, supply chain, finance and general management. Before relocating to Aylesbury from the U.S. in 2012, Mitchell had been senior vice president and general manager, Consumer and Office Products -- U.S.

Christopher Franey, who had been executive vice president, ACCO Brands and president, ACCO Brands International and Kensington, will relocate from Aylesbury to the U.S. as executive vice president, ACCO Brands and president, Kensington.

"Christopher Franey and his leadership team deserve significant credit for improving our European business under challenging circumstances," said Boris Elisman, president and chief operating officer, ACCO Brands. "Christopher can now return his full attention to Kensington, which is an important growth platform for ACCO Brands.

"Jay Mitchell's extensive experience in the consumer and office products businesses gives us great confidence in his ability to build on the progress we've made in Europe," Elisman continued. "I'm pleased with the depth and breadth of our management team as we continue to strengthen our industry leadership position."

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