Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA has promoted Laura Blackmer to president, Dealer Sales. Blackmer joined Konica Minolta in 2017 as senior vice president, Dealer Sales. She is responsible for the sales and management of Konica Minolta’s extensive dealer network that represents and sells its products and managed IT Services. Blackmer’s new role will be effective April 1, 2022.
Industry veteran Blackmer has extensive experience, including 19 years with HP in sales management and vast knowledge of the imaging channel. Blackmer held the role of US director of Channel Sales at Intermec Technologies Corporation, where she redefined the company’s channel strategy, programs and engagement. Additionally, she spent five years at Sharp Electronics, continuing her focus on people leadership and change management for channel-focused organizations.
Sam Errigo, COO, Konica Minolta, said: ‘Since joining Konica Minolta, Laura has been pivotal to the success of our dealer partners, driving sales growth in all the core areas of our business while fostering the development of key digital transformation initiatives to enhance capabilities. Laura is an exceptional leader with strategic vision and a unique passion for understanding our customers and our technology. I am confident in her ability as an executive and to advance the channel to achieve optimal success.’
Blackmer has been awarded ‘Best Female Executive’ six consecutive years by The Cannata Report. In 2021, she was named one of Tiger Paw Software’s ‘Top 100 Influencers’ in the managed print industry. She has also been named to CRN’s prestigious ‘Women of the Channel’ list four times and is a three-time ‘Channel Chief’. Blackmer is a member of CRN’s Women of the Channel Senior Leadership Forum and Colorado State University’s Business Leadership Council.
‘I'm extremely proud of what we have accomplished together with our dealer partners, particularly during the last two challenging years,’ said Blackmer. ‘The energy of our dealers is infectious and motivates me to do better as a person, organization and company. I look forward to continuing our work to drive digital transformation and bring the very best products and solutions to our mutual customers.’