Lockie leaving for Tech Data's top job in UK

Steve Lockie, managing director at Tech Data Middle East is leaving to take the helm at Computer 2000 UK, Tech Data’s UK operation. Adnan Al-Falah, previously sales director at Tech Data Middle East, will succeed Lockie. The changes become effective on June 1st 2004.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  March 22, 2004

Steve Lockie, managing director at Tech Data Middle East is leaving to take the helm at Computer 2000 UK, Tech Data’s UK operation. Adnan Al-Falah, previously sales director at Tech Data Middle East, will succeed Lockie. The changes become effective on June 1st 2004. Prior to joining Tech Data, Al-Falah spent ten years as commercial director of UK distributor Westcoast and has more than twenty years IT industry experience. Lockie has been in the Tech Data Group for more than six years working initially as general manager of the UK networking business and for the last five years as managing director of the Middle East operation. Jairaj Walder has been promoted to deputy managing director of Tech Data Middle East and will also assume his new position on the 1st June 2004. Walder currently holds the post of finance director. Commenting on the reshuffle, Andy Gass, Tech Data VP for Northern Europe, said: “I’m delighted that Steve will be returning to the UK to take the helm at Computer 2000. Through skilful management and strong leadership, he has built a very focused, committed and high-performing team in the UAE and led the business to strong revenue and profit growth. I am certain his experience will take Computer 2000 to further heights”. “Tech Data's performance has produced a consistent annual growth rate in excess of 25% coupled with a regional presence that went from a single Dubai-based regional office, to distribution hubs in the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain and Kuwait,” commented Lockie. “Both Adnan and Jairaj have considerable experience in the region and I am extremely confident that they will take the Middle East business forward to even greater achievements. I wish them every success in their new roles.” Lockie returns to the wafer thin margins of the UK and an extremely competitive distributor landscape.

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