Pendaflex Senior Management

Gary J. Brooks

President and CEO, Esselte


Gary Brooks was named president and CEO of Esselte in December 2005.

Esselte is a global leader in the office supplies industry with brands such as Oxford and Pendaflex in the US, Leitz and Esselte in Europe and Xyron, a global manufacturer of craft and hobby products.

Gary joined Esselte in March 2005 as president of Esselte Americas division. Esselte Americas is committed to simplifying consumers’ lives through innovative, efficient and stylish filing and organizational products for the home and workplace

Gary has 30 years of industry experience with proven leadership and demonstrated skills in successfully growing and developing a company from startup and beyond. He is a proven Lean business practitioner driving Lean principles from the factory to the customer and through the entire enterprise.

From 2002 to 2004 he was president and CEO of The Wiremold Company, a subsidiary of Legrand N.A., where he led 2000 employees and six facilities in 3 countries.

Previously, 1998 to 2002 he was Group President of three Wiremold independent subsidiary’s (Brooks Electronics, Interlink and Homaco). Responsible for strategic acquisitions and integration, he led the transformation to a Lean business strategy for all three divisions. Prior to 1998, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations at Brooks Electronics, a privately held company that he co-founded in 1974 and sold to The Wiremold Company in 1988.

Gary has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration, with additional coursework through Philadelphia College of Science and Textiles, and Penn State University.

He attended and completed the Leadership Course at the Center for Creative Leadership; Immersion Leadership Development in both the United States and Japan and is a member and Chairman of the Philadelphia Council for Excellence, mentored by W. Edwards Deming 1986-8.

Married, with two children, Gary enjoys spending time with family, golf, skiing, and traveling.

Esselte Corporation

225 Broadhollow Road, Suite 300
Melville, NY 11747
United States

Press Releases

Esselte Acquires Ampad

June 07, 2010
Esselte announced today that it has acquired Ampad, a leading North American manufacturer of nationally branded and private label office and stationery products.

Esselte Completes Acquisition of Isaberg Rapid

March 04, 2010
Esselte announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Isaberg Rapid, one of the world’s leading companies within the stapling business. Isaberg Rapid, which has its headquarters in Hestra, Sweden, develops, manufactures and markets staplers, pliers, stapling tools, glue guns and electric insert staplers for leading manufacturers of copying machines and printers.


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