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Ingram Micro acquires Abbakan

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 28 May 2019

Ingram Micro senior VP and chief executive META and cybersecurity EMEA, Dr. Ali Baghdadi
Ingram Micro senior VP and chief executive META and cybersecurity EMEA, Dr. Ali Baghdadi

Ingram Micro has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire French cybersecurity VAD Abbakan, as part of the expansion of its cybersecurity business in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The acquisition of Abbakan expands Ingram Micro’s network of system integrators and telecommunications companies across France. Sophie Deleval, chief executive for Ingram Micro France, said: "This acquisition cements the transformation we initiated two years ago to strengthen our ability to support our partners in developing their business and stay relevant and sustainable.”

“Abbakan’s and Ingram Micro’s teams will combine their expertise, dynamism and engagement to provide an outstanding value proposition to the exciting market in which we operate," Deleval added.

Abbakan operates as a cybersecurity VAD in France. The company provides cybersecurity solutions through a network of partners across the country through its headquarters in Paris and offices in Lille, Lyon, Toulouse and several other locations. Abbakan’s existing customers will now also have access to Ingram Micro’s wider portfolio of cybersecurity solutions and network of experts.

Abbakan CEO, Jean-Charles Vasseur, said: “We are pleased to join forces with Ingram Micro, one of the largest multinational companies with a clear focus on the needs of cyber security.”

Franck Navarro, general manager at Abbakan, added: “This will strengthen our resources and widen our reach across France and, through its global footprint, give our existing vendors and customers a stronger support system.”

Ingram Micro senior VP and chief executive META and cybersecurity EMEA, Dr. Ali Baghdadi, commented: “Cyber Security is high priority for Ingram Micro. One of our global initiatives is establishing centres of excellence (COE) around the globe, and this strategic acquisition provides us with the opportunity to further enhance our value-added capabilities, while expanding our cybersecurity footprint across France and the rest of EMEA.”

Abbakan will retain its current management and team as part of the expanded Ingram Micro operations in France. The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory and other closing conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019.

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