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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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Exclusive Networks Buys TechAccess

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Exclusive Networks Buys TechAccess

French distributor Exclusive Networks hopes to gain "critical mass" in Benelux with the acquisition of Dutch VAD TechAccess. The financial details of the deal are not available.

TechAccess has offices in Son and Amersfoort (the Netherlands), and Antwerp (Belgium), and sells a product portfolio replete with security, server, storage and networking products from 32 vendors, as well as pre-sales, consultancy, training and maintenance services. It shares a number of partners with its new owner, including Fortinet, Brocade, Aruba, Arista, Huawei, Super Micro and Eddgecore Netowrks.

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