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Arthur Bergens officially joined Bell and Howell on March 24, 2014. Bergens brings Bell and Howell 30 years of global experience in a wide range of financial, operational and administrative leadership positions. Bergens began his career at Ernst & Young and was most recently CFO of Overture Networks.
Recently, Andy and Julie Plata, co-CEOs of the OutputLinks Communications Group, and Katherine O’Brien, Senior Editor of American Printer Magazine, interviewed Bell and Howell’s CEO, Ramesh Lakshmi-Ratan, where he shared his his goals and vision for Bell and Howell’s future.
We are pleased to introduce our new CEO Ramesh Ratan. Ramesh has had 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.
It’s no secret that the USPS® has been having financial difficulties. Legislation that restricts the USPS® from expanding their services; requires them to continue paying billions of dollars annually into a retirement program that is already overfunded; and dramatically declining mail volumes (particularly in First-Class Mail®) have once again pushed the USPS® into filing an annual price increase of 1.6%. This increase is based upon the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as mandated by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006. While this increase is likely anticipated by the mailing industry, the additional Exigency Case was not.