Martin Yale International Appoints Reiner Eckhardt as Managing Director

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The former managing director of ATLANTA Office Products and SMEAD Europe will transform the company into a data and information security specialist.

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"I am looking forward to this exciting new challenge and the opportunity to work together with the team at Martin Yale International, " says Reiner Eckhardt, new Managing Director at Martin Yale International.

On March 25, 2013, Reiner Eckhardt was announced as the new Managing Director at Martin Yale International GmbH.

Mr. Eckhardt has 25 years of professional experience including 18 years in successful executive positions. His career includes executive positions at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, WACOM Europe, Office Depot, SMEAD Europe, and ATLANTA Office Products. Most recently, he managed two Internet start-ups.

"Martin Yale International has set itself a goal to be the innovation leader for the data and information destruction market. Mr. Eckhardt is a perfect match for us, with his extensive professional experience and achievements in comparable companies and sales channels. With his know-how, he will particularly contribute to the optimization of sales structures, establishment of products and brands in the international environment, and development of emerging markets," explains Robert J. Keller, CEO of Escalade Inc., the parent group of Martin Yale International GmbH. "Mr. Eckhardt is a highly motivated personality who is skilled in inspiring others to achive a common vision. He is the right choice to achieve these goals in cooperation with the management team from Martin Yale International and to lead the company to long-term success."

As Managing Director, Mr. Eckhardt assumes full responsibility for all aspects of the Markdorf, Germany based company, including international sales at branch locations, the export organization, and the D-A-CH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). His particular focus will be on the implementation of ambitious international growth targets which the company has set for itself for the future.

"The key strengths of Martin Yale International are in the secure data de-struction sector, which represents dynamic growth potential. Over the next months, our clear focus will be placed on further development to establish ourselves as a leading system supplier in this sector. I am convinced that Martin Yale International is heading toward an excellent future," Eckhardt de-scribes his plans. "I am looking forward to this exciting new challenge and the opportunity to work together with the team at Martin Yale International."

About Martin Yale International:
Martin Yale International manufactures and distributes powerful solutions for information security, including data shredders, degaussers, data grinders, and disintegrators. The intimus® brand has been synonymous with practical, reliable, efficient, and sophisticated devices, applications, and consulting for more than 50 years.

The company is owned by the American parent group Escalade Inc., with headquarters in Evansville, Indiana.

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