KODAK ANNOUNCES NEW STRUCTURE
FOR IMAGING GROUP
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today unveiled a new organization structure for its newly formed Imaging Group, which combines the company's former Photographic Products, Commercial Imaging and International groups.
"Our challenge is to restructure the resources of these groups into a customer-focused team," said Leo J. Thomas, group vice president and president of the Imaging Group, in announcing the new organization. "Those resources will be deployed along three dimensions of a matrix."
The three dimensions of the matrix center on five worldwide, vertical businesses working with four geographical regions, supported by shared resources.
William F. Fowble, group vice president, will be the senior executive, after Thomas, in the group. Fowble will head a new Imaging Development unit in which he will have functional responsibility for Research, Strategic Planning, Communications and Horizontal Business opportunities.
Richard T. Bourns, senior vice president, was named director of the Imaging Manufacturing and Supply group, with responsibility for sensitized and equipment manufacturing, distribution and the Electronic Imaging Platform Center.
The new Imaging Group comprises the following vertical businesses with worldwide responsibility:
-- Consumer Imaging, the company's core consumer photographic business, with Peter M. Palermo as vice president and general manager. This division will contain the former Consumer Services Division, which includes processing laboratories outside the U.S.
-- Office Imaging, which consists of the former Business Imaging Systems Division and Copy Products Division, with Edgar J. Greco as vice president and general manager.
-- Professional Imaging, formerly the Professional Photography Division, with David P. Biehn as vice president and general manager.
-- Printing and Publishing Imaging, formerly Graphics Imaging Systems Division, with David T. Giddings as general manager and vice president.
-- Entertainment Imaging, formerly the Motion Picture & Television Products Division, with Joerg D. Agin as vice president and general manager.
The geographic units responsible for developing regional strategies, product development and marketplace execution are:
-- U.S. and Canada, which includes the Customer Equipment Services Division and Government Systems Division, with Robert T. Hamilton as vice president and general manager,
-- Europe, Middle East and Africa, with Daniel A. Carp as vice president and general manager.
-- Asia Pacific, with Robert L. Smith as vice president and general manager.
-- Latin America, with George M. King as vice president and general manager.
The new Horizontal Businesses organization, reporting to Fowble, will consist of four units:
-- CD Imaging, responsible for developing commercial and consumer opportunities arising from the introduction of Photo CD, with Stephen S. Stepnes as general manager and vice-president.
-- Digital Pictorial Hard Copy, as a horizontal opportunity, and Printer Products, as a business, will be managed by Richard D. Lorbach as general manager and vice president.
-- Desktop Color Imaging, as a horizontal opportunity, and Integration and Systems Products Division, as a business, will be managed by John P. White, as vice president and general manager.
-- Image Acquisition Peripherals, responsible for developing opportunities created by CD Imaging in the area of high volume image acquisition peripherals for computers. A manager for this new unit has not been named.
The new Electronic Imaging Platform Center, reporting to Bourns, will be headed by Donald W. Strickland, as general manager and vice president. This unit will be responsible for developing and manufacturing the key electronic imaging hardware platforms.
Other support units in the new Imaging organization include:
-- Human Resources, headed by James C. Olsen, director and vice president.
-- Finance, headed by George D. Lord, vice president and director.
-- Information Systems and Processes, headed by Katherine M. Hudson, vice president and director. This unit will be responsible for updating business processes across organization lines.
-- The Imaging Resources Group, which will comprise a number of staff and support organizations, with Michael P. Morley as vice president and general manager. Included in this group are various staff and support functions serving worldwide businesses and regions.
The Imaging Resources Group will also serve a transition function in redeploying people and services, helping to size staffs to the proper level and redeploying people into functions where they are needed.
"Imaging is an enormously important business for Kodak and for our customers," Thomas said. "It is a business built on trust and on satisfying peoples' needs to preserve their yesterdays, enjoy their todays, and share their tomorrows. The imaging products and systems we provide enhance the value of human life.
"The structure we have outlined will enable us to better meet the imaging needs of our diverse and growing range of customers. Like any organization, there is nothing magic about this one; the magic comes from the people."
/CONTACT: Paul C. Allen of Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-5802/
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