Women of Distinction - Suzanne Oles
Color Solutions Sales Interface, InfoPrint Solutions Company
With 30 years experience, Suzanne Oles is director, color solutions sales, InfoPrint Solutions – a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh. She started her career in ink, selling typewriters in Illinois. She was quickly recognized as Rookie of the Year, followed by a move to selling IT solutions to enterprises. She later held management positions, responsible for the IBM product line. She left IBM in the early 1990s to join a consultancy. Re-joining IBM as a part of Pennant Systems, in 1994, she led its entry into the production color and print-on-demand markets, selling and implementing its first customer production color installations. Oles became the Americas’ sales executive, color solutions, in 1998 and, in 2000, the worldwide sales executive. She was then named sales executive for the western region, in the IBM Printing Systems Division. In 2004, she was the No. 1 sales executive in the Americas. Today, she develops strategies for InfoPrint and its customers.