Former Sharp Executive Ed McLaughlin Joins IT Firm Continuum

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Ed McLaughlin, former president of Sharp Imaging & Information Company of America, CEO of Valderus, and new advisor for Continuum.

Ed McLaughlin, the former president of Sharp Imaging & Information Company of America, has joined the board of advisors for Continuum, a Boston-based remote monitoring and management (RMM) software company. Continuum’s says McLaughlin will advise the company as it continues to focus on helping office-equipment dealers make the transition to managed IT services.

“Ed is universally liked and respected in the office equipment industry and we are delighted to have him consult with us on various industry issues, opportunities and strategic direction,” Continuum CEO Michael George said in a prepared statement. “His knowledge and experience in this industry are unmatched and have already proven invaluable as we continue to focus on making our office equipment dealers the most successful and profitable in managed IT services.”

McLaughlin began his career in the OE industry in 1971 as a sales representative for 3M Company and has leadership experience with Sharp, Savin/Ricoh, and Canon USA . He currently serves as CEO of Valderus, a Philadelphia-based document-imaging company, and said he expects to help bridge the gap between Continuum and office-equipment dealers.

“Continuum has the right tools, technology and training that office equipment dealers need to greatly profit from managed IT services and effectively support customers’ technology needs. Their transformational business model brings the required technical labor element to the equation, a necessary ingredient that OE dealers have struggled with until now with Continuum,” McLaughlin said. “I look forward to advising Continuum in order to help OE dealers best transition to a complete and comprehensive managed IT services model and solidify their future in this increasingly important market opportunity.”

The office-equipment space is a key market for Continuum, with a company spokesperson stating that managed IT services has provided a boost for many office-equipment dealers.

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