April 17, 2007 - (Allendale, NJ) - Leica Camera Inc. USA today announced several corporate developments and appointments including, promotion and expansion in the Marketing Department, Photographic Division, and a new Sales Manager, Canada. Christian Erhardt has been promoted from Marketing Manager to Director of Marketing. Within the last six years, Mr. Erhardt has revamped Leica Camera’s Marketing Department. His responsibilities range from organizing Leica-sponsored events, to organizing Leica’s participation at trade shows in North America and keeping strong relationships with key journalists and writers.
Brian Bell has returned to Leica Camera Inc. USA as the National Sales Manager, Canada after a two year hiatus. Mr. Bell joined Leica Camera, Inc. USA in 1988 as Sales Coordinator and remained in that position until 2004, when he became responsible for sales in the metro NYC region. Mr. Bell excelled at Leica Camera and quickly rose to senior management reaching such prominent positions as National Sales Coordinator US & Canada and Minox Director of Sales. Mr. Bell will be responsible for maintaining dealer relationships, in-store events and national inventory management for Canada.
Justin Stailey has joined Leica’s Marketing Department, Photographic Division, as Product Specialist. Mr. Stailey is known throughout the photographic industry as a "go to" person for all aspects of photographic solutions involving cameras, lighting, grip and remote technologies. His technical background from Rochester Institute of Technology combined with his considerable field experience will make Mr. Stailey a valuable addition to the Leica family. Biographies for Mr. Erhardt, Mr. Bell and Mr. Stailey are available upon request.