Pitney Bowes Reorganizing Operations; Shearer, Wright Named to Senior Roles

  Pitney Bowes Reorganizing Operations; Shearer, Wright Named to Senior Roles

               New Leadership for Mailing, Software Businesses

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. -- April 9, 2013

Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) today announced it is planning to reorganize its
business operations and is making two leadership appointments in
newly-constituted SMB Mailing and Software businesses. Mark Shearer is joining
the company as Executive Vice President and President, Pitney Bowes SMB
Mailing Solutions and Mark Wright is joining as Executive Vice President and
President, Pitney Bowes Software Solutions. These appointments are a
continuation of the reorganization of business operations that began with the
previously-announced establishment of the Global Client Services organization
and the appointment of Kevin Connolly last month.

Mark Shearer, newly-appointed EVP and President, Pitney Bowes SMB Mailing
Solutions (Photo: Business ...

Mark Shearer, newly-appointed EVP and President, Pitney Bowes SMB Mailing
Solutions (Photo: Business Wire)

Shearer and Wright will join the company on April 15, and both will report
directly to President and CEO Marc Lautenbach.

As president of Pitney Bowes SMB Mailing Solutions, Shearer takes on the
leadership of an organization that will be focused on mailing products and
technologies worldwide in the small and medium sized marketplace. Pitney Bowes
has been a world leader in this business for 93 years. Shearer’s role is to
drive an ever-improving client experience to this marketplace, to move best
products and practices rapidly across national borders and markets, and to
simplify the ways in which clients can interact with the company in the
future.

Shearer had a 30-year career at IBM, where he held a broad range of general
management, business and product strategy, and marketing senior leadership
positions. He led both startup and mature businesses, with deep experience in
the SMB space, and excelled at leading complex global organizations. Notable
accomplishments at IBM included leading IBM’s first pre-defined services
package for small and medium size clients, leading worldwide sales
relationships with large financial institutions and creating growth with
telecom and media clients in Asia Pacific. He also held senior roles in
marketing, which included the successful re-launch of the IBM mainframe,
leading the $2B IBM System I business, and, in his last role at IBM, serving
as VP of Marketing and Strategy for IBM’s $20B hardware businesses.

As President of Pitney Bowes Software, Wright will take over an expanded
portfolio that will bring into one organization a broader spectrum of the
company’s software offerings. In addition to the current product lines that
specialize in data management, location intelligence and customer
communications for enterprise clients, the expanded Pitney Bowes Software will
also include technologies that help consumers during major life-changing
events embodied in our Imagitas business.  By bringing together Pitney Bowes
software technologies into a single organization, the company will bring new
scale to the marketplace, with resulting opportunities to develop greater
innovations and enhance the experience enjoyed by Pitney Bowes clients.

Wright joins Pitney Bowes with two decades of leadership in the information
technology and enterprise software sales and marketing arena with a record of
growing revenue and integrating diverse software businesses creating synergies
and scale. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President for Infor
Global Solutions, where he had led 15 business units with $512M in annual
revenue. Prior to Infor, Wright was President & CEO of Aurema, successfully
building a leading global provider of enterprise resource management software,
and eventually selling the company assets to Citrix Systems in 2007. Wright’s
early career was at IBM, where over 18 years, he rose through the ranks from
Sales Representative to Sales Leader to Business Unit Executive, eventually
holding the title of Vice President, Software Sales and Marketing, Small &
Midmarket Business, Americas.

“When I joined Pitney Bowes, I said that this company’s best days are ahead of
it,” Lautenbach said. “In Mark Shearer and Mark Wright, we have two executives
who strongly share this view, and have the rich experience to make it happen.
I am very excited to have them on board to help create a better experience for
our clients around the world.”

The company also announced the departure of Leslie Abi-Karam, Executive Vice
President and President, Pitney Bowes Communications Solutions, and John
O’Hara, Executive Vice President and President, Pitney Bowes Software
Solutions, both of whom will be assisting in the transition over the next
several months.

Abi-Karam joined Pitney Bowes in 1984 and served in numerous leadership
positions over the course of her career. Prior to her current role, she served
as Executive Vice President and President, Document Messaging Technologies.
Abi-Karam’s work ethic, commitment and world-class execution resulted in
successfully growing the DMT organization. In her current role, she has led
significant transformational change focused on client retention and enhanced
operational efficiency. She has also expanded Pitney Bowes’s global presence,
and improved the company’s go-to-market strategies. Among her many other
achievements, Abi-Karam was the initial architect of Pitney Bowes’s move into
the software business, overseeing the selection and integration of the
company’s purchases of Group 1 Software, Emtex Software, and MapInfo.

O’Hara joined Pitney Bowes as part of the MapInfo acquisition in 2007, and was
named President of Pitney Bowes Software in 2010. O’Hara is a charismatic,
inspirational and motivating leader with a solid base of international
business experience. With his strong global perspective, O’Hara has helped
expand the company’s software product portfolio.

“Leslie Abi-Karam has had a long, distinguished and influential career at
Pitney Bowes, and deserves the many accolades she has earned from across the
industry. Within John O’Hara’s tenure at Pitney Bowes, he has helped to drive
a global culture and inspired innovation within the software business,” said
Lautenbach. “We wish both Leslie and John well as they move on to the next
phase of their professional and personal lives.”

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes provides technology solutions for small, mid-size and large firms
that help them connect with customers to build loyalty and grow revenue.The
company’s solutions for financial services, healthcare, legal, nonprofit,
public sector and retail organizations are delivered on open platforms to best
organize, analyze and apply both public and proprietary data to two-way
customer communications. Pitney Bowes is the only firm that includes direct
mail, transactional mail, call centers and in-store technologies in its
solution mix along with digital channels such as the Web, email, live chat and
mobile applications. Pitney Bowes has approximately USD $5 billion in annual
revenue and 27,000 employees worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a
new opportunity™. www.pb.com

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Contact:

Pitney Bowes Inc.
Matthew Broder, 203-351-6347
Vice President, External Communications
matthew.broder@pb.com
 
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