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Meet our Thought Leaders

Meet Ricoh's thought leaders. They challenge the norm, demand innovation and inspire others to do the same. Get to know a few of them, and find out how Ricoh can help make information work for you.

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Martin Brodigan

Martin BrodiganChairman and CEO
Ricoh Americas Corporation
On May 1, 2012, Martin Brodigan was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ricoh Americas Corporation. Brodigan also serves as Group Executive Officer, Corporate Vice President for Ricoh Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Ricoh Americas Corporation’s parent company.

Brodigan is focused on transforming Ricoh Americas Corporation from a company known for office imaging equipment into a services-led organization. The company is focused on helping customers make information work for them in today’s new world of work. This means enabling workers at organizations of all sizes to access – from anywhere and at any time – the information needed to make critical business decisions.

Brodigan has held many leadership positions throughout his 23-year tenure with Ricoh. He served as EVP and CFO of Ricoh Americas Corporation from 2010-2012, and as President and CEO of Ricoh U.S. from 2008-2010. In addition, from 1995 to 2007, Brodigan served Ricoh Canada, first as SVP of Finance and Administration, and then as President and CEO from 2000 to 2007.

From 1991 to 1995 Brodigan worked for Gestetner Plc (which was subsequently acquired by Ricoh) in London, first as Finance Director, Manufacturing and then Head of Internal Audit.

Brodigan obtained his Chartered Accountant qualification while working for KPMG in London, England. During his time with KPMG, Brodigan worked on audits, mergers and acquisitions for large public companies. Following this, he joined a boutique investment bank based in Monaco, working on leveraged buyouts and tax planning strategies.

Mona Abutaleb

Mona AbutalebSenior Vice President, Services, Ricoh Americas Corporation
President & CEO, mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company
Mona Abutaleb was appointed Senior Vice President of Services for Ricoh Americas Corporation (RAC) in November 2015 in addition to her existing position as President & CEO of mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company. In this new role, Abutaleb leads Ricoh’s Services business, which includes IT Services, Enterprise Services Delivery, Managed Services, Professional Services and traditional break-fix services support. She is accelerating Ricoh’s transformation journey to a services-led business through a single services organization.

Abutaleb has been a leader of technology-based service organizations for more than 30 years, and is one of the preeminent managed services industry executives in the world. She was named by The Cannata Report as one of the Women Influencers of 2015 and to the MSPmentor 250 list of the most influential executives shaping the industry in 2014. Prior to her role as CEO, Abutaleb served as mindSHIFT's President and COO (2009-2013), Chief Operating Officer (2007-2009) and Executive VP of Operations (2006).

Prior to joining mindSHIFT, Abutaleb worked at Discovery Communications as the Executive VP of US New Media and Network Services. Before Discovery, Abutaleb flourished in her more than 18-year career with MCI – beginning as a traffic engineer with MCI in 1984, ending as the Senior VP of Planning and Engineering for WorldCom in 2002, and holding many senior positions with the conglomerate in the interim. Just prior to leaving WorldCom, Abutaleb was responsible for all aspects of Global Network Planning, Network Engineering, Service Delivery, Network Systems Development and IT Operations.

Abutaleb graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Gary Crowe

Gary CroweSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ricoh Americas Corporation
On April 1, 2012, Gary Crowe was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ricoh Americas Corporation. As CFO, Crowe oversees all Ricoh Americas finance operations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Crowe has been a key member of Ricoh’s U.S. finance organization throughout his 13-year tenure with Ricoh and IKON (which was acquired by Ricoh). Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of Finance for Ricoh’s U.S. operations from 2008 - 2012, and as Vice President of Internal Audit from 2006 - 2007. In addition, from 2003 - 2005, Crowe led the West Region finance organization.

Previously, Crowe held several auditing, accounting and consulting positions with various organizations across the country.

Crowe holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State University, as well as certifications as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) | Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Balaji Rangaswamy

Balaji RangaswamyChief Information Officer
Ricoh Americas Corporation
Balaji Rangaswamy serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO), Ricoh Americas Corporation. In this capacity, Rangaswamy is responsible for the overall formulation and execution of Ricoh’s strategic IT vision and goals, and continues to play an integral role in the delivery of cuttingedge technology for the company’s internal and external audiences.

Named one of Computerworld’s 2016 Premier 100 Technology Leaders and a 2014 CIO Innovator of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, Rangaswamy most recently served as Vice President, Information Technology, where he streamlined Ricoh’s IT organization through the development and consolidation of enterprise systems, and drove customer mobility and employee collaboration strategies.

Prior to that, Rangaswamy held the position of Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, and was instrumental to the Ricoh/IKON integration. Managing the data migration effort, he implemented data quality and customization gap analysis, integrated data with manufacturing systems, and set up a consolidated ERP and CRM system. He also took on improving the company’s mobility strategy, which included the development of applications for iOS and Android devices of Ricoh customers and employees. His efforts in both areas helped increase customer satisfaction while ensuring a strong foundation was in place to support Ricoh’s future IT demands.

Rangaswamy joined IKON Office Solutions in 1997 as a Technical Analyst and later held roles as Project Manager, Senior Manager, Director of Application Architecture and Development, and VP of Business Solutions and Architecture, which set the stage for his executive positions in Ricoh after the company acquired IKON in 2008.

Rangaswamy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bombay.

Tim Vellek

Tim VellekSenior Vice President, Marketing
Ricoh Americas Corporation
Tim Vellek was appointed Senior Vice President, Marketing for Ricoh Americas Corporation (RAC) in July 2014. Vellek is a seasoned industry professional, bringing more than 35 years of marketing, service, support and sales experience – throughout the Americas and internationally.

In his current role, Vellek leads Ricoh’s marketing efforts in the Americas across all areas of the business to strategically align with Ricoh’s transformation to a services-led organization. These areas include: Product Marketing, Production Print, U.S. Dealer Sales and Marketing, Services and Solutions, Channel Marketing, Integrated Marketing Communications, Alliances and Sustainability initiatives. Engaging with Ricoh Company, Ltd. on a regular basis, Vellek’s leadership is critical to strengthening Ricoh’s position as a number one technology and services provider in the industry.

Vellek has held numerous positions within Ricoh Americas, most recently leading Ricoh’s Production Printing Business Group. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Lanier Europe Group, a €500 million business responsible for the Europe, Africa, and Middle East markets. During this time, he led the integration of Lanier and the acquisition of Agfa-Gevaert’s Copy System Division in 17 countries.

Vellek also served as Vice President, New Business Strategies where his responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, technology and strategic partnership investments, and the creation of several new business ventures. In addition, Vellek served as Vice President, Worldwide Service and Support, where he was responsible for the entire Lanier Worldwide service and support organization, including a field workforce in seven domestic and five overseas regions. Vellek began his career with Lanier, and has held numerous leadership positions, including Vice President, Service and Support, International Service Manager, and Marketing Manager.

Vellek attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and served in the United States Air Force in the Strategic Air Command.

Donna Venable

Donna VenableExecutive Vice President, Human Resources
Ricoh Americas Corporation
Donna Venable was appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Ricoh Americas Corporation in April 2015. Responsible for overseeing human resources activities for all Ricoh Americas locations, such as leadership development, employee relations, succession planning, diversity and corporate social responsibility, she was also named Corporate Associate Advisory Officer of Ricoh Company, Ltd., which expands Venable’s role to include Ricoh’s global HR initiatives as she works with leadership and HR teams in Japan. She is an accomplished professional who has been key to Ricoh’s transformation to a services-led organization and aligning Ricoh’s worldwide HR efforts.

Venable most recently served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Ricoh Americas Corporation after holding the same role for IKON Office Solutions before its acquisition by Ricoh. She has more than 14 years of human resources experience with IKON, and 22 total years managing HR functions. Venable also served as Vice President, Human Resources Shared Services, where she led IKON’s global compensation, benefits, systems and programs teams. She also held field human resources roles at IKON. Previously, Venable held HR roles with Doubletree Hotels and Guest Quarters Hotels.

Venable is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is engaged in the HR community serving as a board member of the HR Executive Alliance and co-chair of the HR Executive Summit, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Chapters. She has presented at industry speaking engagements focused on leadership and employee development, and has been featured in Chief Learning Officer magazine.