October 17, 2019

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Avnet posts fourth quarter figures

Distribution giant Avnet saw sales fall 19.5% year-on-year for the fourth quarter ending June 2009 to US$3.77 billion. Fourth quarter losses hit US$30.9m, compared to a profit of US$144.1m a year earlier. The fourth quarter losses included impairment charges and restructuring, integration and other items amounting to US$78.9 million after-tax. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 6 August 2009

Thompson lands top job at Toshiba Europe

Alan Thompson has been appointed as president of Toshiba Europe. Thompson takes over from Noriaki Hashimoto who, after his two-year presidency, is returning to Tokyo. Thompson is the first European to take on the role of regional president. Toshiba claims that this demonstrates the ongoing internationalisation of its organisation and its desire to add regional expertise to its global management team. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 5 August 2009

Ingram Micro sales fall in second quarter

Distribution giant Ingram Micro’s global sales fell 25% year-on-year to US$6.58 billion in the second quarter ending July 4th 2009. Ingram Micro pinned the slump on weaker demand due to the global economic downturn and the negative impact of relatively weaker foreign currencies. On the bright side, gross margins hit their highest second quarter level in 11 years and Ingram closed the quarter with a record cash balance that exceeds debt by nearly US$1 billion. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 31 July 2009

WD posts solid fourth quarter

Hard drive giant WD has posted a solid set of numbers for its fiscal year ending July 3rd 2009. WD’s annual sales hit US$7.5 billion with after-tax profits of US$470m. Fourth quarter sales hit US$1.9 billion with after-tax profits of US$196m. In total, WD shipped 40 million hard drives for the quarter ending July 3rd 2009. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 29 July 2009

Proofpoint signs global deal with Computerlinks

Proofpoint has signed a global distribution agreement with Computerlinks. Proofpoint, which offers e-mail security, e-mail archiving and data loss prevention software as a service (SaaS) solutions, reckons that Computerlinks will bolster its channel reach in Europe. Computerlinks will push Proofpoint products to its reseller base in Europe and other regions worldwide including the US. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 28 July 2009

Ickx joins Acer from Toshiba

Pieter Ickx has left Toshiba and moved to Acer to take up a regional role in Southern Europe covering Spain and Portugal, according to channel sources. Ickx had previously served as VP and general manager for Toshiba Europe emerging markets EEMEA. Ickx first joined Toshiba way back in 1994 and held a number of positions in the vendor’s European operation, before taking charge of the emerging markets region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 July 2009

Isilon strengthens EMEA team

NASDAQ-quoted Isilon Systems has strengthened its EMEA team, appointing former NetApp executive Mark Stevens as VP sales for the region. In his new role Stevens will assist NAS solutions vendor Isilon in its aggressive expansion into international markets. Stevens will report to George Bennett, senior VP of worldwide field operations at Isilon. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 15 July 2009

NEC Computers outlines ambitious EMEA goals

NEC Computers wants to become a top three player in the server and storage market in EMEA by 2015. To achieve its ambitious goal, NEC reckons that new solutions, new partners and a new management team will form part of a strategic shift that will reap rewards in the years to come. The company will also attempt to make the different technology divisions within NEC work together more closely for mutual benefits. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 July 2009

Harding handed emerging markets role

Xerox has appointed Roy Harding as COO of its developing markets operation (DMO) for ‘region East’. Harding was previously VP of the office group for the vendor’s DMO. Xerox’s ‘region East’ territory covers the Middle East, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the Eurasian countries, India and Russia. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 13 July 2009

Asbis eyes new vendors

Emerging markets distribution powerhouse Asbis has set its sights on signing more vendor agreements in the second half of 2009. The company already have new contracts in the pipeline and claims that adding new vendors forms part of its ongoing strategy to broaden its product portfolio and achieve better customer reach. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 3 July 2009

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