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Rigby Private Equity Pushes Nuvias Brand

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Rigby Private Equity Pushes Nuvias Brand

Rigby Private Equity announces the retirement of the Wick Hill, Zycko and SIPHON names, as holding company Nuvias Group takes the place of predominant brand from 1 April 2017.

Launched in 2015, Nuvias was run alongside Wick Hill, Zycko and SIPHON for the last 9 months. It operates in 18 countries and sells in 30, and makes a high-value distribution business operating across EMEA. It records revenues worth $400 million for the financial year ending March 2017.

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Systemax Sells European Operations

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Systemax Sells European Operations

Systemax offloads nearly all of its European Technology Products Group (aka Misco)-- outside of still profitable operations in France-- for an undisclosed sum to Hilco Capital.

The transaction sees Misco acquired by a new company formed by the management buy-in team led by Hilco and former Selection Services CEO Alan Cantwell. Hilco is a specialist in taking over ailing businesses, having acquired the Staples UK retail business in November 2016 and HMV back in 2013.

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Mark Chlebek to Head Pan-EMEA Ingram Micro Division

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Mark Chlebek to Head Pan-EMEA Ingram Micro Division

Ingram Micro announces a change of leadership-- Mark Chlebek replaces Robert Beck as executive director of the distributor's pan-EMEA 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.

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Tech Data Completes Avnet TS Acquisition

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Tech Data Completes Avnet TS Acquisition

Tech Data finalises the €2.45bn acquisition of Avnet Technology Solutions (TS) business, creating what the distributor describes as "a premier global IT distributor with unmatched capabilities."

The combined Tech Data-Avnet TS operates in 40 countries and has an end-to-end porfolio of solutions and services ranging "from the datacentre to the living room." Avnet TS also brings partnerships with 40 vendors addressing the needs of 20000 countries in over 80 countries.

"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," Tech Data CEO Bob Dutkowsky says. "Our combined company is perfectly positioned at the epicentre 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."

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Ingram Micro Refreshes EMEA Leadership

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Ingram Micro Refreshes EMEA Leadership

Ingram Micro brings new blood in its EMEA leadership team with the appointment of cloud specialist Jacek Murawski as VP of EMEA vendor engagement.

Murawski came to Ingram through the 2015 acquisition of cloud automation platform Odin, where he served as EMEA VP. He replaces Tasneem Baldiwala, who is moving to a "strategic planning and execution" position reporting directly to EMEA president Mark Snider. Prior to Odin, Murawski held EMEA leadership positions at Microsoft, Dell, SAP and Cisco.

Underneath Murawski come two new appointments reporting to him-- Günter Schiessl and Jordi Muñoz. Schiessl takes care of Ingram engagement with volume vendors across EMEA, while Muñoz assumes relationship management with value vendors.

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