HumanWare Reorganizes Its Operations

Jan 14, 2008 (12:01 PM EST)

DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ - HumanWare, the leading provider of information access products for blind, visually impaired and learning-disabled customers, announced today that it would be reorganizing its activities. HumanWare is integrating its Research and Development, Marketing and Production operations under a single line of responsibility for each department. Sales activities are also integrated under three new geographical regions: the Americas, Europe (including Middle East and Africa) and Australasia.

Three new vice-presidents for Marketing, Research and Development, and Operations respectively have been appointed and will be responsible for both New Zealand and Canadian activities. The business managers for the United States, Europe and Australia business divisions will see their responsibilities extended into new geographical markets.

This reorganization results from the appointment of Mr. Gilles Pepin as the new CEO of the HumanWare Group in November 2007. His objective is to build a strong management structure to support HumanWare's growth in its activities in the visually impaired segment and across new markets.

"We are creating a stronger, more efficient and more dynamic operational structure to better support our existing customers and products, but also to introduce new initiatives such as enhanced customer focus, superior product quality and a wider range of product solutions," said Gilles Pepin, HumanWare's CEO. "To achieve this, we need to streamline our operations and better integrate our activities, some of which are over extended across the globe."

HumanWare expects to reap major benefits for its customers as a result of this reorganization, such as reduced product development cycle, lower product costs and higher product quality. HumanWare will keep introducing new exciting products in 2008 following several major product introductions in 2007, including Victor Reader Stream, ClassMate Reader, myReader 2 and a Math tutorial for the BrailleNote mPower.

The following people within the organization have been assigned new Group responsibilities: Greg Brown as Corporate Controller, Richard Nadeau as VP of Operations, Pierre Hamel as VP of Research and Development and Ivan Lagace as VP of Marketing. Ron Hathaway, Managing Director of Australia and Asia will now add New Zealand Sales to his responsibilities. Renee Gosselin is now the Manager of Market Development for all products. Pedro Polson and Phil Rance are keeping the same positions.

About HumanWare

HumanWare ( ) is the global leader in assistive technologies for the print disabled. HumanWare provides products to people who are blind and have low vision, as well as to students with learning disabilities. HumanWare offers a collection of innovative products include BrailleNote, the leading productivity device for the blind in education, business and for personal use; the Victor Reader product line, the world's leading digital audiobook players, and SmartView Xtend, the first fully modular and upgradeable CCTV-based video magnifier.

CONTACT: Nicolas Lagace, Marketing Communications Manager, HumanWare, 463-1717 x341, ,