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DISTREE confirms dates and venues for 2014 calendar of global channel events

DISTREE Events has officially announced its 2014 calendar, with six channel events planned around the world, including the debut of DISTREE Africa in June. The full line-up of DISTREE events for 2014 is as follows:

Delegates attending DISTREE events have the opportunity to attend keynote speeches and panel discussions, participate in interactive workshop sessions, network with their peers and access the latest research on channel trends. Evening functions, new product showcases and channel awards offer participants the widest possible range of business benefits.

The inaugural DISTREE Africa is scheduled to take place in June. According to DISTREE Events, the decision to launch a dedicated DISTREE Africa is in response to high demand from vendors, looking to reach Africa's fast-growing consumer markets for technology products. DISTREE Africa will bring together senior retail executives from across the continent, giving exhibitors an opportunity to map the channel landscape, meet key contacts and expand their African routes-to-market in a structured and cost-effective manner.

The growth of new product categories such as wearable technology and smart devices will form a major focus area at DISTREE events in 2014. Understanding changes to the vendor landscape, building effective multichannel sales strategies and identifying new retail opportunities will all form a core part of the conference programmes attached to each DISTREE event.

E-Concept imports Qanba and Two Döts

France: gaming specialist E-Concept has added Qanba joysticks and Two Döts universal TV clips for cameras to its portfolio.

More downloads for Tech Data

Germany: broadliner Tech Data has extended its electronic software delivery offer with IRIS and Kaspersky Labs products.

Merlion signs with Pioneer

Russia: broadliner Merlion has inked a distribution deal with Pioneer for its complete audio and video offer.

AMD down in the Arena

Turkey: AMD has chosen broadliner Arena as new official distributor in the country.

A new director for Westcon Security

Sweden: former Computerlinks-employee Per-Erik Kask has joined security VAD Westcon Security as its new local managing director, along three new product sales specialist, as part of a broader plan to expand this business in the Nordics.

Ricoh partners with FDC

MENA: Dubai-based PC component and system specialist FDC International has signed a distribution agreement with printing and imaging solutions vendor Ricoh. The distributor will supply channel partners in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya and Yemen with Ricoh's printers, multi-functional products, consumables and projectors.

Westcon Group names Dolph Westerbos new CEO

VAD Westcon Group has named industry veteran Dolph Westerbos as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. With more than 20 years of B2B services and channel leadership experience at companies ranging from Dell to Brambles and ModusLink, Westerbos succeeds Dean Douglas, who will be leaving to become CEO of telecom vendor Unify (formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications). Westerbos comes to Westcon Group from Brambles and CHEP, where he served as Group President of Asia Pacific and EMEA for the supply chain and pooling solutions provider. As Westcon's newest executive, Westerbos will build upon the company's leadership in value-added distribution – with more than €3 billion in revenue and presence in 60 countries across six continents.

Exertis Micro-P brings extra power to the public sector

United Kingdom: to demonstrate its continued commitment to helping the Public Sector drive more efficiency and productivity, broadliner Exertis Micro-P has recruited a new Business Development Manager, Clare Spindler. Using her knowledge and experience, Clare will advance Exertis Micro-P"s relationships with these major accounts at a time when the Public Sector is under pressure to reduce costs and curb expenditure.

Copaco adds Icarus e-readers to its assortment

Broadliner Copaco has expanded its assortment with ICARUS e-readers and accessories. ICARUS has a wide range of e-readers that cover all segments. The addition of ICARUS allows Copaco to offer an even wider assortment. ICARUS is the only e-reader brand within Copaco in Belgium and the Netherlands.

MK Computer Electronic unveils expansion plans

German sparepart specialist MK Computer Electronic has unveiled plans to expand in new countries. Currently present in Austria, Germany, Greece and Italy, the distributor is about to open new subsidiaries in the Netherlands and Eastern Europe (no precise countries mentionned, albeit Poland should be a good candidate).

Tech Data gets exclusive on Lumia

Spain: telephony specialist Tech Data Mobile has been granted exclusive distribution rights over the Lumia Windows phone from Nokia.

A new CEO for Pinnacle

South Africa: Pierre Spies will join Pinnacle Technology Holdings as CEO of broadliner Pinnacle Africa. He will report directly to Group Head of Distribution, Henry Ferreira. Currently a consultant to MB Technologies on a one-year contract following his resignation as Tarsus CEO in May 2012, Pierre Spies will take over the reins from current Pinnacle Africa CEO Louis Fourie in June 2014, while Fourie will be moving into the role of Group Operations Director and Pinnacle Africa MD, Tim Humphreys-Davies will remain in the position he was appointed to in May this year.

TD Azlan extends TD Cloud portfolio with Box

United Kingdom: infrastructure VAD TD Azlan has extended its TDCloud services portfolio through a strategic partnership with Box, a provider of secure file sharing and document collaboration services. Box's secure collaboration services will be available as part of Azlan's overall Cloud Services portfolio, giving resellers the ability to offer customers access and sharing of content from anywhere and on any device. The agreement with Box gives enterprise and SMB customers access to an even wider range of cloud services.

Bon Chic leaves Europe

Netherlands: PC component specialist Bon Chic Euronet has closed its European office, to focus on the Asian market, from its Singapore headquarters.

MacWay bites an Almond

France: Apple etailer, retailer and distributor MacWay Pro has started the distribution of the Kickstarter-backed Almond Black router from Securifi, which included a touchscreen for easier startup and management.

Datastore signs with Panduit

Switzerland: storage VAD Datastore has inked a distribution deal with Panduit to push its preconfigured physical infrastructure solutions through its integrators.

Strhold manages documents with Interzen

Italy: network and software VAD Strhold has inked a distribution deal with Interzen Consulting to push its document and process management solution ZenShare through its VAR and system integrator network.

Siewert & Kau hires from B.Com

Germany: Paul Geller, who was purchaser for broadliner B.Com, has joined its competitor Siewert & Kau as product manager and purchaser.

Fellowes chooses MICS

Russia: office equipment Fellowes has chosen peripheral and PC specialist MICS as new official distributor.