Xerox appoints Leo Joseph as new managing director for India

New Xerox India MD to also look after South Asia

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Xerox has announced the appointment of Leo Joseph as managing director for India
Xerox has announced the appointment of Leo Joseph as managing director for India

Xerox has announced the appointment of Leo Joseph as managing director for Xerox India. Joseph will be looking after the India and South Asia market.

Prior to his appointment by Xerox, Joseph was associated with HP, where he held various senior leadership roles in India and APAC. In his last position at HP, he was senior director, Printing Systems and Solutions – HP India. In this capacity, he led HP’s printing hardware, services, and consumables business for the country and was responsible for the overall revenue, profitability, and market share for the company. 

Previously, Joseph worked with IBM India as vice president – Systems X servers. He holds an executive MBA degree from the Helsinki School of Economics in Singapore and completed a leadership program from Stanford University, California.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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1 COMMENT

  1. Interesting Leo Joseph comes from HP. At the same time Xerox has launched its hostile bid to buy HP at $24 a share. Watch this space.

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