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Tech Data puts Cox in place to steer partners towards growth in gaming
2017-10-17

United Kingdom: broadliner Tech Data has stepped up its efforts to support customers in one of the fastest-growing sectors of the market by appointing Christian Cox as its new dedicated Business Development Manager (BDM) for Gaming within the Consumer Technology Group (CTG). He moves from his previous role as Business Development Executive within the HP Systems team, a position he’d occupied for almost two-and-a-half years. Commenting on his new post, Cox stated: "this is a really exciting time to be joining the team and taking on this new role in the dynamic and fast-moving gaming sector. I am really looking forward to getting stuck in and working with our supplier partners, expanding our portfolio and developing new services and ways to add value and support our and retail and webstore customers."

Cox joins a growing and very CTG experienced team who are supporting resellers, retailers and webstores in key areas of growth potential. In addition to PC gaming, they provide focus on consumer PCs and components, home networking and smart home products, and VR and wearable devices. Mark Glasspool, Director – Consumer Technology Group at Tech Data, said: "PC gaming is a massive area of growth potential and we’re seeing a rapid acceleration in this area of our business. Christian’s appointment underlines our commitment to supporting partners and customers in driving growth. He brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to this important new role and strengthens our team considerably."

Tech Data is already a leading provider of gaming titles (which are available for instant download and activation via TD Activate-here) and of gaming PCs and accessories. It is planning to expand its range significantly over the next few months.

Tech Data names experienced trio to play key roles in CTG
2017-07-13

United Kingdom: broadliner Tech Data has three key appointments within its Consumer Technology Group (CTG), which was formed in February to provide a clear focus on opportunities around consumer technologies, such as consumer PCs and components, home networking and smart home products, PC gaming, VR and wearable devices, that present rapid growth potential for retailers and webstores.

Ross Turner has been named General Manager of CTG External Sales with responsibility for managing customer engagement and relationships. He will manage a team of four experienced account managers and play an active role in the ongoing evolution and development of Tech Data’s CTG strategy. Turner has been with Tech Data for over five years in a variety of FBU roles, most recently as Head of Consumer Business Development. Catherine Craig has been named as Business Manager for Consumer Hardware, which incorporates consumer PCs and components, home networking and smart home and PC gaming. She takes full commercial ownership of consumer hardware vendor partnerships and the category team, and will also play an important role in customer engagement. Craig was previously Category Manager for PC Components and Smart Home products. The third announcement sees the role of Teresa Johnston, Business Development Manager for Smart Home, expanded to cover consumer hardware with the aim of maximising customer engagement for key opportunities. Tech Data is also currently recruiting a dedicated Business Development Manager for Gaming with an announcement expected within the few weeks.

Mark Glasspool, Director – Product Marketing and Sales, Consumer Technology Group, said: "we are really excited about the opportunities we have in the Tech Data CTG and it's vitally important for us to get the right people and partnerships in place, so that we can help our customers take their opportunities. In Ross, Catherine and Teresa, we have three highly experienced and capable individuals, and all of them will play important roles as we continue to grow and move towards our objective of being the first-choice distributor of consumer technologies in the UK."

The Tech Data Consumer Technology Group provides a clear focus on consumer electronics areas in which there is now significant cross-over and ensures that all sales and marketing efforts are fully aligned. Formed in February this year, it is headed by Matt Child, who also retains his responsibilities for the Tech Data Mobile business unit.

Child stated: "we are now seeing an unprecedented wave of new development in which the lines between product categories are becoming blurred. Our vendors now have devices and product ranges that bridge different areas of consumer technology, such as devices and home networking, gaming and the smart home, VR and wearables. It's vitally important that we can focus on all the opportunities these technologies bring for our partners. The Consumer Technology Group will provide the focus and synergy needed to maximise the potential. The market has moved on from a product based sell – it's now about propositions, ecosystems and connected experiences. As these markets develop, this will become even more important. We see very significant growth in these areas and we will be making strategic and targeted investments to ensure that Tech Data and will lead the way in identifying opportunities and opening them up for our vendor partners and customers."

Tech Data Renew trade-in service can help resellers accelerate refresh cycles
2017-06-07

United Kingdom: broadliner Tech Data is targeting the growing area of trade-ins, offering a service that will enable resellers to offer trade-ins on a wide range of mobile products and increase sales by driving adoption of the latest technologies and advancing refresh cycles. Tech Data Renew provides a highly-competitive, trusted, simple and integrated trade-in service on leading-brand smartphones, tablets and laptops. Proposals can be customised to meet exact needs of the customer and Tech Data can provide swift and decisive responses to requests for quotations on specific products. All of this is available through a dedicated portal, which can be accessed via Tech Data's e-com platform, InTouch.

Simon Smale, Commercial Director of Services, Europe for Tech Data, says that the service meets a growing need in the channel: "as a leading distributor, Tech Data sits at the very heart of the market and we are constantly watching and analysing trends. Many businesses and individual users want to make use the very latest technologies, which means they need to refresh devices more frequently. But they also want to make sure they get the very best value from their existing assets. Trade-ins are becoming an important element in the market, especially with premium brands that retain high residual values. The Tech Data Renew service provides resellers with a simple way to facilitate the trade-in of products and enables them to offer creative and attractive propositions to customers on new devices."

The Tech Data Renew service is available on selected laptops and desktops as well as tablets and smartphones, and Tech Data will provide an instant valuation of devices and free courier collection for five or more devices. All recycling and reselling is carried out in accordance with UK and EU legislation, including the WEEE directive. Data clearance services that guarantee data is removed from customer devices are also part of the process.

Tech Data renews Triade
2017-05-03

United Kingdom: broadliner Tech Data has created a Consumer Technology Group (CTG) to focus on the opportunities emerging around mobile technologies, tablets, wearables, VR, smart home and other bleeding-edge consumer technologies that present rapid growth potential, from vendors such as HP Inc., Lenovo, Philips or Samsung. The new group, which includes 40 employees and kind of replaces defunct TD Triade, is headed by Matt Child, who is also Managing Director of Tech Data Mobile. It will provide a clear focus on the consumer electronics areas in which there is now significant cross-over and ensure that all sales and marketing efforts are fully aligned. Matt Child stated: "We are seeing an unprecedented wave of new technology development in which the lines between product categories are becoming blurred. A number of our vendors now have ranges that straddle mobile, wearables, VR and smart home. It's vitally important that we can focus on all the opportunities these technologies bring for our partners. The Consumer Technology Group will provide the focus and synergy needed to maximise the potential. The market has moved on from a product based sell – it's now about propositions, ecosystems and connected experiences."

Tech Data completes acquisition of Avnet's Technology Solutions business
2017-04-20

American broadliner Tech Data has completed its acquisition of the Technology Solutions business from its competitor Avnet. The combination creates a premier global end-to-end IT distributor with unmatched capabilities and the most diverse solutions from the data center to the living room. "This is a momentous day in our company's history and we are excited to welcome our talented colleagues at Technology Solutions to the Tech Data family", said Bob Dutkowsky, chief executive officer of Tech Data. "Our combined company is perfectly positioned at the epicenter of the IT ecosystem—with the scale and scope to serve dynamic markets throughout the world—giving our customers access to an end-to-end portfolio of IT solutions and efficiently bringing our vendors' products to new customers in more markets. Our organizations' common cultures, shared values and commitment to providing a world-class customer experience will serve as the foundation for the new Tech Data. Together, we will be an even stronger company, capable of doing more for our channel partners than ever before. We remain confident that the acquisition of Technology Solutions creates a winning combination for our customers, vendors, and shareholders, as well as the employees of both organizations."

The addition of Technology Solutions significantly broadens Tech Data's value-added distribution business (aka Azlan), increasing the company's ability to help its partners capitalize on next-generation technologies while enhancing its go-to-market capabilities with complementary skills, expanded vendor relationships, and new customer sets. The combined company has a larger and more balanced geographic footprint, including a presence in the Asia-Pacific region, a new market for Tech Data. The company has operations in 40 countries, with 14,000 employees serving approximately 115,000 customers in more than 100 countries. The company also announced its global executive leadership, as well as several new regional and global roles. Reporting to CEO Bob Dutkowsky are:

  • Chuck Dannewitz, executive vice president, chief financial officer
  • Rich Hume, executive vice president, chief operating officer
  • Beth Simonetti, executive vice president, chief human resources officer
  • John Tonnison, executive vice president, chief information officer
  • David Vetter, executive vice president, chief legal officer
  • Reporting to COO Rich Hume are:
  • William Chu, president, Asia-Pacific
  • Jaideep Malhotra, president, Global Computing Components
  • Joe Quaglia, president, Americas
  • Patrick Zammit, president, Europe
  • Els Demeester, corporate vice president, Integration
  • Michael Urban, corporate vice president, Strategy, Transformation and Global Vendor Management

In Europe, Tech Data has also announced its European Executive Board, which will be led by Zammit:

  • Alain Amsellem – senior vice president and chief financial officer, Europe
  • Michael Dressen – senior vice president and regional managing director, Germany and Austria (a region where Barbara Koch, Managing Director TD Azlan Germany & Austria, becomes manager of both Azlan and Avnet TS local offices)
  • Jonas Elmgren – senior vice president and regional managing director, GEO (that is, other European countries where Tech Data operates: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey)
  • Andy Gass – senior vice president and regional managing director, United Kingdom and Ireland (a region where Rob Tomlin, Managing Director TD Azlan UK, becomes manager of both Azlan and Avnet TS local offices)
  • Pascal Murciano – senior vice president and regional managing director, France
  • Miriam Murphy – senior vice president and regional managing director, Benelux
  • Stephen Nolan – senior vice president, Broadline, Mobile and Services
  • Johan Vandenbussche – senior vice president, Operations
  • Graeme Watt – senior vice president, Value (includes the combined businesses of Azlan and Technology Solutions, specialist brands Datech and Maverick, along with Tech Data Cloud and Tech Data Smart for IoT)
  • Simon England – senior vice president, Next Generation Technology (includes cloud, big data – analytics and cognitive, IoT, security, education and services)
  • Carlos Arcusa – vice president, Human Resources
  • Michael Fischermanns – vice president, Information Technology
  • Hugo Graça – vice president, Global Computing Components EMEA
  • Roman Rudolf (former MD of Avnet TS in Germany) – vice president, Integration

Financial Terms

The total purchase price at close was approximately €2.35 billion (subject to certain post-close adjustments), including €2.17 billion in cash, and 2,785,402 shares of Tech Data stock, representing approximately 7.3% of Tech Data's shares outstanding (after issuance of the new shares). Tech Data financed the cash portion of the purchase price through a combination of €900 million from its recent public debt offering and €900 million of bank term loans, and the remainder from drawings under other credit facilities and cash on hand. The transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to Tech Data's non-GAAP earnings per share in the first full year. The company expects to achieve annual cost savings of approximately €90 million within 24 months, with one-time costs to achieve these cost savings expected to be approximately €135 million.

 

Tech Data Consumer Technology Group UK
Address

Tech Data Consumer Technology Group UK
Redwood 2 - Crockford Lane
Chineham Park - Redwood
RG24 8WQ Basingstoke
United Kingdom
Phone : +44 (0)871 880 3000
Website : http://www.techdata.co.uk

Team

General manager : Mr Matt Child (*** ****** ********* ** *)
Division director or manager : Mr Ross Turner (*** ****** ********* ** **)
Market manager : Mrs Catherine Craig (*** ****** ********* ** ***** )
Market manager : Mrs Teresa Johnston (*** ****** ********* ** ***** )
Market manager : Mr Christian Cox (*** ****** ********* ** ****)

Information

Creation year : 2017
Company registration number : 01691472
VAT number : GB 385 5242 35
Indirect turnover : 100%
Export : Ireland
Specialist : Home entertainment and consumer electronics
Main brands : BenQ, HP Inc., Lenovo, Philips, Samsung
Clients : Associations, central purchasing companies, dealers, department stores, e-commerce, hypermarkets, installers, multispecialists, outlets, semi-distributors, service providers, specialized resellers, specialized retailers, superstores, traders
Employees : 40 people