Broadliner Ingram Micro has unveiled a change of leadership in its pan-EMEA division. Mark Chlebek replaces Robert Beck as executive director of this division, managing relationships with pan-EMEA vendor partners. Beck will "gradually withdraw from the day-to-day business", before ending his 25 year career with the distributor. A 20-year company veteran, having joined Ingram in 1997, Chlebek takes responsibility for "purchasing and business management" for regional vendor partners managed by the distributor on a centralised basis. As part of the EMEA senior management team he reports to global group president of EMEA Mark Snider. "I'm excited to have Mark Chlebek coming into this strategic role. Mark brings with him years of EMEA-wide experience driving innovation and growth for our business. I am looking forward to working with him in his new capacity", Snider says. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Robert Beck for his many years of service and dedication to Ingram Micro. I'd also like to thank him for volunteering to help with a smooth transition, ensuring Ingram Micro business will continue without interruption to our vendor and customer partners." Chlebek is but one recent promotion in Ingram management. In February the distributor appointed Jacek Murawski as VP of EMEA vender engagement, with Günter Schiessl and Jordi Muñoz reporting into him in roles overseeing the management of partnerships with volume and value vendors respectively.
Exclusive Group transforms leadership team
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:
In Europe, Tech Data has also announced its European Executive Board, which will be led by Zammit:
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.
Analog Devices has selected semiconductor specialist Arrow Electronics as its strategic distribution channel partner operating globally. Analog Devices will retain its current regional distributor network but will employ Arrow as its sole global distribution channel partner. The move is aimed at enabling a deeper level of support and greater breadth of services for Analog Devices' customers, who under this new and simplified structure will have the ability to leverage a strong, focused channel team, and draw on a comprehensive suite of end-to-end support services ranging from design and prototyping to logistics support.
"Analog Devices continues to invest on behalf of our customers, including expanding our direct sales team and, today, strengthening our channel operations by deepening our engagement with Arrow", said Martin Cotter, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Digital Marketing, Analog Devices. "Arrow's impressive ecosystem of technical sales and marketing, full product lifecycle solutions and logistics services enables Analog Devices to transform its channel strategy from a transactional focus to a strategic one. We are excited about the possibilities of this closer relationship for all of our customers."
Arrow has been one of Analog Devices' key channel partners for decades, providing specialized services and expertise ranging from global supply chain and logistics support to full product lifecycle design and production for Analog Devices' extensive portfolio of high-performance analog products, including data converter, signal conditioning, RF and microwave, power, DSP, and sensor ICs.
"Arrow has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Analog Devices, and we're excited to see the innovative new technologies our enhanced collaboration will bring to market", said Andy King, president of Arrow's global components business. "Working together, our two companies can leverage the breadth and depth of Analog Devices' product portfolio and Arrow's end-to-end, full-product-lifecycle capabilities to help solve our customers' biggest analog and mixed-signal challenges, including those in the burgeoning Internet of Things market.". In the EMEA region, Analog Devices products are available through Arrow offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Broadliner Ingram Micro has strengthened and invested in its regional go-to-market team and capabilities in EMEA. In line with this strategic move, a number of changes have been made to Ingram Micro's EMEA vendor engagement team and the EMEA leadership team.
Jacek Murawski has been appointed to the new role of vice president, EMEA vendor engagement and joins the EMEA leadership team. Murawski most recently served as General Manager and VP EMEA for Odin Automation, a leading cloud provisioning management technology platform acquired by Ingram Micro in December 2015. Murawski brings experience from both the distributor and vendor side to his new role, as he previously served as general manager Microsoft Poland, general manager for Dell in Eastern Europe and senior VP, strategic industries, EMEA with SAP, as well as 9 years in EMEAR leadership roles at Cisco.
Furthermore, Günter Schiessl, who until recently led volume vendor management for Ingram Micro Germany, is also taking on a new role with the company. Schiessl, who will report to Murawski, is tasked with the new role of leading Ingram Micro's volume vendor engagement team in EMEA. Jordi Muñoz will also now report to Murawski in his new position leading Ingram Micro's value vendor engagement team in EMEA; he formerly served as the value business lead for Ingram Micro Spain. Both Schiessl and Muñoz bring a great depth of knowledge and experience with them to their new positions and are expected to further strengthen Ingram Micro’s well-established relationships with customers and vendors in the region.
Sabine Howest, Ingram Micro vice president global vendor engagement, commented: "each of these individuals is well-respected in our industry, having distinguished themselves as experts in their fields. We are extremely pleased to be strengthening and investing in our regional go-to-market team and capabilities in EMEA. In 2017, you will see Ingram Micro put our vendors' and resellers' needs at our core as we aggressively grow our market relevance. These changes reflect Ingram Micro’s commitment to play an ever-increasing leadership role in the EMEA market."
Alongside the aforementioned changes, Tasneem Baldiwala, formerly vendor engagement lead for EMEA, will move to a new role leading strategic planning and execution for the region, reporting to Ingram Micro executive vice president and president EMEA, Mark Snider, and remaining a member of the EMEA leadership team. Mark Chlebek, who formerly led the value vendor engagement team, has been promoted to executive director, EMEA development and also joins the EMEA leadership team. In their new roles, they will harness their experience and knowledge from working with vendor partners, further strengthening Ingram Micro's leadership team in EMEA.