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    John Stephans is the new president of IdeaPaint

    IdeaPaint, an Ashland company known for a dry-erase paint that turns any smooth surface into an erasable canvas, said Monday that John Stephans has been appointed to position of president, the top job at the company.

    Stephans was formerly IdeaPaint’s senior vice president of marketing, innovation, and operations. Stephans, 47, succeeds Bob Munroe, 52, who “has left the company to pursue other opportunities,” IdeaPaint said.

    “With Stephans at the helm, IdeaPaint expects to significantly expand its track record of product innovation and market leadership in the business-to-business sector,” the company said in a press release.


    “Writable surface walls have emerged as a top workplace design trend because they encourage spontaneous interaction and serendipitous collaboration,” the release added.

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    According to IdeaPaint, its product is used by such organizations as Google, Apple, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    In a statement, Stephans said, “We have a truly disruptive product that changes the way people work by helping them turn ideas into action faster than ever before.”

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