HumanWare Reorganizes Its Operations

    DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - 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
    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
    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 Lagacé 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.

For further information:

For further information: Nicolas Lagacé, Marketing Communications
Manager, HumanWare, (450) 463-1717 x341,,

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