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DECEMBER 01, 2015: Boston Globe – Jon Chesto
Visit Fraser Cameron in his Boston office and you’ll notice at least two things: the toy dinosaur on his table, and the corporate financial data scrawled on his whiteboard.
It’s all part of Cameron’s grand plan to double Velcro’s revenue within three years, roughly reaching $1 billion in sales. Velcro has long had a major New Hampshire presence, but this Boston office is relatively new. It opened about three years ago, Cameron says, in the Financial District. Aside from Cameron, several other top execs have desks in Boston, such as CFO Steve Ouellette, general counsel Gemma Dreher, and Americas president Scott Filion. Nearly 40 people work there today, compared with about 800 in New Hampshire. (In total, the company employs about 2,500.)
Because Velcro wants to be more of a consumer-facing company, Cameron expects part of his job in 2016 will be to make sure Velcro’s story gets told. He’ll emphasize the company’s innovation, and its research efforts. “People talk about the return of manufacturing to the United States,” Cameron says. “We never left.”