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BSA Lauds Norm Wesley as the Recipient of the 2016 BSA Legend of the Industry Award

Monday, April 25, 2016  
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The Business Solutions Association (BSA) is honoring Norm Wesley, retired Chairman of the Board of Fortune Brands, as the recipient of the association's 2016 Legend of the Industry Award.


“We are quite excited to recognize Norm with this distinguished award,” said Jim O’Brien, S.P. Richards Co., BSA President. “During his career, he left an indelible mark on the industry, and the organization appreciates and celebrates all that he has done for the business and office products segment. He is a true leader and is highly deserving of this distinction.”


Wesley has a long and celebrated career in the business and office products industry. Beginning in 1984 and culminating in his retirement in 2008, Wesley held various positions with Fortune Brands, Inc. including serving as Chairman of the Board from January 2008 to September 2008; as Chairman and CEO from December 1999 to December 2007; as President and Chief Operating Officer from September 1998 to December 1990; as President and CEO of the company’s Home & Hardware operating unit from January 1997 to September 1998 and as President of ACCO World Office Products operating unit from 1987 to 1998. Prior to these roles, Wesley held various management positions over the course of three years between 1984 and 1987. The brands he oversaw during his tenure were and many remain leaders in their categories with significant positions globally.


In addition to his professional roles, Wesley has also served on countless Boards of Directors, including Acuity Brands, Inc.; Fortune Brands Home & Security; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.; ACCO Brands Corporation; Fortune Brands, Inc.; Pactiv Corporation and R.R. Donnelley & Sons. He is also involved with several philanthropic causes, including the University of Utah Business School Advisory Board; the Glenwood School Board of Trustees; Junior Achievement of Chicago; United Way of Chicago; the Civic Committee of Chicago; the City of Hope Office Products Executive Committee and Lake Forest Academy Board of Trustees. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of Utah, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and his Masters of Business Administration the following year.


“There are very few industry leaders who possess the knowledge and have overseen such premier brands as Norm,” said BSA Executive Vice President Director Paula Kreuzburg. “Not only are we recognizing him for his leadership and industry commitment, BSA is heralding him for his vision and direction in our industry – one often fraught with change and volatility.”

Wesley will be honored at the Legend of the Industry Luncheon on Sept. 8 during the 2016 BSA Annual Forum, which is scheduled for Sept. 7-8, 2016 at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego, California. The Legend of the Industry Luncheon is included in the full registration package for the 2016 Forum. For more information, please contact BSA headquarters.


BSA is a trade association that represents manufacturers, wholesalers, manufacturer representatives in the business products and related industries. We strive to develop high industry standards, best practices and technological advances to promote the growth and success of our members through networking, education and innovative ideas.

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