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Sadoun becomes EMEA enterprise boss at Arrow

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 5 June 2008

Laurent Sadoun has been named as the president of Arrow Electronics enterprise computing solutions (ECS) business in EMEA, including Logix, which Arrow formally acquired on June 2nd. Sadoun – previously CEO and chairman at Logix - will report directly in to Arrow ECS president Andrew Bryant. Arrow received competition clearance from the European Competition Commission for its proposed acquisition of Logix in May.

Groupe Open, the parent company of Logix, announced in a statement that Arrow had acquired 100% of Logix. The statement continued: “Following the transaction, cash flow reaches €150 million (including €50 million of net cash flow) and shareholders’ equity €140 million. Groupe OPEN therefore benefits from financing means for its external growth and the achievement of its ambition: becoming one of the leading French IT Services companies with a revenue of €450 million and 5,000 employees by 2010.”

Sadoun has 17 years experience in IT distribution, founding Logix in 1991 and serving as CEO and chairman. Sadoun helped establish Logix as a leading VAD with offices in 11 countries and a customer base of more than 6,500 resellers. Logix has becomea leading value-added distributor of midrange servers, storage, and software in Europe with approximately US$700 million in 2007 sales.

Prior to founding Logix, Sadoun served as sales director for Informix France, a software development company. He previously served as sales engineer for Borland, a manufacturer of open application and lifecycle management software.

“Laurent is a recognized leader in the value-added distribution industry in Europe,” said Bryant. “We are fortunate to have such an experienced and talented business leader to build on our established foundation and accelerate our growth throughout the region.”

Arrow ECS provides enterprise and midrange computing products, services and solutions to value-added resellers, system integrators, and independent software vendors.

Arrow ECS claims that it connects its customers to the world’s foremost technology suppliers, including HP, IBM, Sun Microsystems, EMC, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems, and other leading storage networking, software, and security suppliers. Arrow ECS reported US$4.8 billion in global enterprise computing solution sales in 2007.

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