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Ingram Micro’s new CEO
2022 has already seen some major leadership moves in the channel.
One of the biggest is Ingram Micro’s CEO, Alain Monié, who has moved into the role of executive chairman after a decade in the position, with executive vice president and president of Global Technology Solutions Paul Bay taking his place.
Monié will now work alongside Bay and the global technology distributor's owner Platinum Equity while the new CEO will maintain his responsibilities overseeing the Global Technology Solutions business as well as leading the strategic planning, growth and development of the vendor’s Cloud Marketplace and CloudBlue platform.
He will also overlook Ingram Micro's IT Asset Disposition and Reverse Logistics businesses.
Tech Data, NTT, IBM, Cisco changes
Elsewhere, Tech Data veteran Miriam Murphy is leaving the distributor to take over as CEO of NTT Europe. From next month, Murphy will report into NTT global CEO Abhijit Dubey. She will seek to drive NTT’s European sales and business development organisations and extend customer partnerships.
Murphy was a member of Tech Data’s European Executive Board and served as SVP, advanced and specialised solutions business, EMEA. She spent four years with the business, preceded by 18 years with Avnet TS prior to its acquisition by Tech Data.
Succeeding Murphy at Tech Data is Jason Boxall, who Murphy describes as “a leader of great integrity and insight”.
At the same time, Ana Paula Assis has been appointed general manager for IBM EMEA. She succeeds Marta Martínez Alonso, who is retiring from IBM after 19 years. Assis will be responsible for business operations, driving revenue growth, client satisfaction and employee engagement in a region that includes more than 100 countries.
Another big departure just announced is Cisco UK&I channel chief Angela Whitty. After almost 29 years with the vendor, Whitty has been named CEO of Cisco partner Ampito Group.
Global PC shipments hit a high
Global PC shipments in 2021 have reached its highest level since 2012 thanks to pandemic-fueled demand, according to research firms Gartner, IDC and Canalys.
CRN Australia reports Gartner said PC shipments reached 339.8 million units in 2021, a 9.9 percent year over year increase; IDC said shipments were at 348.8 million units, a 14.8 percent increase; while Canalys reported 341 million units, a 15 percent bump.
The increase comes despite a comparatively slower 2021 fourth quarter, where shipment numbers from IDC and Canalys growing 1 percent each, while Gartner’s research even showed a 5 percent decline due to supply chain issues and reduced demand for Chromebooks during the period.
Gartner research director Mikako Kitagawa said those issues “likely signifies the end of the massive and unexpected growth in PC demand triggered by the pandemic”.
“However, the fourth quarter’s decline only slightly tempered the PC market’s growth in 2021, which saw the highest shipment volume since 2013,” Kitagawa said.
Sexual harassment still a big problem in the channel
An opinion piece by Dany Bouchedid, founder and CEO of datacentre infrastructure solutions provider COLOTRAQ, this week raised questions about the extent of sexual harassment that still goes on in the channel today.
An outraged Bouchedid writes in Channel Futures: “I’m not even talking about the pervasive and systemic issues of gender bias and pay discrimination against women, but outright sexual harassment.
“Many of these situations seem to happen at the industry conferences where these men (and I use that term very loosely) seem to think the rules of the workplace and acceptable conduct don’t apply.”
He urges readers to find their outrage stories of sexual harassment and even sexual assault. The same applies to systemic gender bias and workplace discrimination.
Author: Christine Horton
Publish Date: 14/01/2022 12:46
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