HID Increases Its Commitment to Asia-Pacific Customers With Key Hire

New Managing Director Will Establish Distribution Center in Hong Kong

Irvine, CA (January 7, 2002) Lester Doig has been hired as Managing Director of HID Asia Pacific Limited, bringing with him extensive experience in engineering, new business development, plant management and export market development in Asia.

Lester DoigIn his new role, Lester will establish HID's Hong Kong-based distribution center, which is expected to be fully operational by mid-2002. The distribution center will increase HID's ability to provide localized service and convenient customer and technical support. This warehousing and card processing operation will take orders, custom program all cards and ship direct to customers. 

"Over the past three years, HID's sales in the Asia Pacific region has grown 35% under the management of Bil Burns, HID's Director of Asia Pacific Sales," said Joe Grillo, President of Assa Abloy's Identification Technology Group.  "The new distribution center will enable HID to meet its objectives as a global company to support the existing customer base and enhance sales growth in this key market."

Lester joins HID from Inner Range Pty. Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia, where he spent four years as General Manager. Prior to that, he spent 12 years with BHP Steel in various managerial positions including Manager of Development, Marketing Planning & Research Manager, and General Manager. Lester holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Management. Overseeing the entire Asia-Pacific region, Lester reports to HID President and CEO Joe Grillo.