Bell and Howell Leadership Team
The Bell and Howell leadership team possesses many years of strategic and industry experience, and leads the company with a 'Customer First' approach.
Ramesh Ratan, CEO
Ramesh Ratan is CEO of Bell and Howell with a successful career improving sales and profit performance for leading technology-driven companies including AT&T, Lucent, VocalTec and Pitney Bowes, where he has consistently transformed industries and companies using advanced technologies.
Most recently, as President, Marketing Solutions for Pitney Bowes, Ramesh developed a new business platform designed to drive substantial revenue growth via partnerships with global marketing data services providers Acxiom, Experian, InfoGroup, and global ad agencies WPP and IPG. Previously, as President of the $600 Million Document Messaging Technologies business at Pitney Bowes, he drove accelerated growth by combining the US and Canada business, consolidating 23 country organizations into one European unit, and integrating three acquired companies into a single global product management unit resulting in improvements of 8% in revenue and 33% in profit in the first year.
Earlier, as Chief Operating Officer at the Direct Marketing Association, Ramesh led a new growth strategy focusing on data and analytics based marketing and advertising programs. Further, he built an exceptional Digital/Internet leadership committee, improved companywide pricing structure, and launched new services across all sectors. He also provided leadership for negotiations with US regulators and legislators on technology, data, privacy and postal regulation and drove over $30 billion in benefits to industry members.
Ramesh received a BSc degree and graduated 1st class with Distinction and Honors at the University of Poona in Poona, India. He received an MBA with honors from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, a program established as a partnership with Stanford University. Further, Ramesh obtained a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business.
Arthur Bergens, CFO
Arthur Bergens is the chief financial officer of Bell and Howell. Arthur has 30 years of global experience in a wide range of financial, operational, and administrative leadership positions. Arthur began his career at Ernst and Young and rose through the ranks of private and public companies in various technology industries. Most recently, he was CFO of Overture Networks and has held leadership positions with Centice Corporation, Amkor Technology, Unitive Electronics, and Modus Media International. In 2009, Arthur was named a Top CFO by Business Leader Media and received the Triangle Business Journal’s “2011 CFO of the Year” award. Arthur holds a MBA from Campbell University and a BS in accounting from the University of New Orleans. Arthur is a licensed certified public accountant in both Louisiana and North Carolina.
Larry Blue, COO
Larry Blue is chief operating officer at Bell and Howell. Larry brings 35 years of engineering and global, cross-functional management experience including product development, sales and manufacturing. Most recently, he was COO of RF Technologies, Inc., and president of Kokua, LLC. Larry is a graduate of Duke University, with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He holds three U.S. patents, has authored numerous papers on communications and RFID, and is a member of several industry associations.
VP/GM Sorting & Parcels Strategic Business Unit
Mike Swift is vice president and general manager of the sorting and parcels strategic business unit at Bell and Howell. He has been with the company since 1995, holding positions including president of Bell and Howell sorting and postal software.
Managing Director BH International
Hendrik Fischer is the managing director of Bell and Howell International. He has been with the company since 2003 holding several positions in the North American Sales Operations. Hendrik has previously served as the CEO of an information technology company in the US.
VP of Marketing & Communications
Karen Morris is the vice president of marketing and communications at Bell and Howell. She brings more than 25 years of marketing experience. Karen earned a bachelor of business degree in marketing from Georgia State University and has completed coursework at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School Leadership Development Program.
VP/GM Service Solutions
Jim Feely is the vice president and general manager of service solutions at Bell and Howell. Jim brings over 25 years of industry experience having held both sales and service roles. Most recently, within Bell and Howell, he has held the position of executive director of sales, director of Service and the director of worldwide technical support. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Warren National University and an associate degree in electronics from DeVry University.
VP General Counsel
Blake Eaddy is the vice president of general counsel of Bell and Howell. Blake has been with the company since 1997.
VP/GM of Enterprise Software
Mike Lambert is the vice president and general manager of the enterprise software group at Bell and Howell. Mike spent 23 years at CIGNA Healthcare designing and implementing its enterprise customer communications architecture. He has served as senior vice president of business development for Sefas Innovation; has helped establish and chair several user groups including the Exstream, EMTEX and Sefas user groups; has been a member of XPLOR for more than 25 years; participated in several Joint Technology Council initiatives; and was on the Strategic Advisory Council for ANACOMP and the Advisory Board for Return Mail Solutions.
VP Supply Chain Management
Patty Holt is the vice president of supply chain management. Patty has been with Bell and Howell for 16 years. She has more than 30 years of experience in Supply Chain. Her broad experience prior to Bell and Howell includes automotive manufacturing, appliance and mechanical component manufacturing, and supplies distribution. Patty achieved her lifetime certification of Purchasing Management through the Institute of Supply Management.
VP Customer Support Services
Don Bullock is the vice president of customer support services at Bell and Howell. Don brings over 25 years of industry experience having held many positions within the service and support organizations. Most recently, within Bell and Howell, he has held the position of vice president of technical support. Don’s background is in information technology and electronics.
Joe Zuech is vice president of the combined manufacturing and supply chain organizations at Bell and Howell. He has been with the company since 1997 and has been in the Industry since 1990. He holds multiple patents that provide solutions to Bell and Howell customers.
VP Human Resources
Jerilyn Meckler is vice president of human resources at Bell and Howell. She brings more than 20 years of experience across a number of different industries. Jerilyn earned a dachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Ohio University, a master's degree in Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University, and a is certified as an Business/Executive Coach through the University of Georgia.
VP/Chief Technology Officer
Brian Bowers is vice president and chief technology officer at Bell and Howell. With over 20 years’ experience in the mailing industry, Brian has significant knowledge of the various technologies used in the mailing industry. He has over 30 years of engineering experience in hardware and software development in five different industries. In addition to development experience, Brian has many years of operations and manufacturing experience, with concentrations in Lean Manufacturing and design. With extensive experience in the mail sorting industry, Brian is considered an industry resource by the customer base.