FELLOW DIEBOLD SHAREHOLDERS:
As the cover of our annual report states, Diebold has been conducting
business now for more than 145 years. I have been fortunate to
lead this company as chairman and chief executive officer for
more than five years.
During that time we have faced significant challenges,
including market volatility and economic weakness. Additionally,
our company has experienced increased competition and continuing
transformation within our markets.
We’ve also faced unprecedented opportunities:
expanding our portfolio of products and services for our core
self-service and security markets, tapping into new sources of
demand in faster growing, developing countries and leveraging
our skills and expertise to enter new markets that offer high-growth
Through it all, our management team has been guided
by a consistent vision and strategy. The key elements of this
vision include attaining global market leadership in financial
self-service; developing a comprehensive strategy to harness the
power of technology and drive our business forward; enhancing
our service capabilities; and becoming a faster, more responsive
and efficient company with which it is easy to do business.
Today we’re still focused on these initiatives and, as we
measure our progress, two things become clear. First, we’ve
come a long way in a relatively short period of time. And second,
we still enjoy significant potential to grow our company, improve
how we do business and enhance our profitability.