Concord Camera Corp. announced the appointment of Thomas P. Browne as vice president, Business Development for the Americas.
Mr. Browne brings to Concord extensive cross-functional, global experience building Fortune 100 brands and businesses. This includes serving from 2001-2002 as a Regional Director for Latin America for Eastman Kodak Company. While at Eastman Kodak, Mr. Browne was responsible for over 180 employees and a network of more than 4,000 stores in the region. He assessed and aligned the commercial organizations and operations in major markets and launched a distributor management model that was rolled out throughout the region.
In his new role at Concord, Mr. Browne will be directly responsible for Latin America as well as non-traditional markets in the Americas. These markets include, but are not limited to, premium/incentive, convenience stores, government, corporate/ad specialty, theme parks and TV home shopping.
Rod King, Concord's Vice President and Director of Sales for the Americas, stated, "Tom has extensive cross-functional, global experience in building brand equity and profitability with some the world's most well-respected consumer product companies, including Eastman Kodak, DIAGEO, Gillette and Pepsico Foods. We believe that the markets that Tom and his team will be addressing offer significant sales and marketing opportunities for our digital, traditional and single use cameras, and offer a strong complement to Concord's already well-established mass market retail presence."
From 1996-2001, Mr. Browne served in various positions of increasing responsibility at DIAGEO, the leading global adult beverage company culminating as Vice President and Market Director, Caribbean Region. In addition to the Caribbean, Mr. Browne was, at various times, responsible for the Latin American, Mexican and Brazilian markets. Throughout his tenure at DIAGEO, Mr. Browne increased sales and profits by aligning the commercial organizations, decreasing costs and developing global accounts such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour.
From 1984-1989 and 1992-1996, he worked for The Gillette Company serving the Central American, Caribbean, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican markets in various sales, marketing and management roles. From 1990-1991, Mr. Browne worked in the Pepsico Foods' Frito-Lay snack food business developing new markets and channels in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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