Axis Touts Positive IPVM Coverage and Canon 'Reverse Takeover'
By: John Honovich, Published on Sep 19, 2016
Axis NA sales leader Larry Newman rallied his troops on the ASIS show floor, touting positive IPVM coverage and bragging about Axis 'reverse takeover' of Canon, providing a glimpse into the tactics and approach of the Canon subsidiary.
he can plausibly claim he didn't intend for the message to make it to print.
To clarify for other members, off the record is agreed upon beforehand. You can't say something in public, realize it was something that should not be said and then claim it was off the record retroactively.
Newman's rhetoric in rallying the troops doesn't really hurt anyone
His tone was quite condescending to Canon, even in the latter 290,000 employee remark. It is a strange tactic to rally the troops by undermining your parent company.
I would have suspected a more 'rah rah', 'this is great, Canon and Axis are going to work together to make us better and stronger' type of pitch, not what was said.
I have voted "funny' to this because I have heard the speeches LN has made many times and this one is very consistent with his attitude toward everything from colleagues, to employees, to Axis management...there's always a bit arrogance and irreverence!
IMO Axis has been a little arrogant (American execs and regional sales managers) for quite a while now. It has become more of a 'I already have your business so no more time is needed with you'. That's understandable to an extent but when they are losing share to cheaper products they may want to be a little more careful. If products are similar, and Axis low end products aren't real good, then I'll take the thankful company over the arrogant one any day.
I also agree that the guys in Sweden are not that way from our experiences.