Ex-Magirus Middle East chief handed new role

Storage distributor Magirus has appointed the former boss of its Middle East arm, Rainer John, as the business development director for its dedicated security division. Magirus has relationships with a number of key vendors, including Check Point, Nokia and Websense, following its acquisition of European security distribution specialist Allasso last year.

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  January 23, 2007

Storage distributor Magirus has appointed the former boss of its Middle East arm, Rainer John, as the business development director for its dedicated security division. Magirus has relationships with a number of key vendors, including Check Point, Nokia and Websense, following its acquisition of European security distribution specialist Allasso last year. John is a veteran of Germany-based Magirus and had been working as business development manager for the company’s European operation since leaving the Middle East in June 2005. “The security market is in flux and will consolidate to an even greater extent in the coming months and years and combine with the IT solutions in the application and IT infrastructure fields,” said John. “With our combined portfolio and skills we see ourselves optimally positioned in both market areas as regards future development. Like no other distributor in Europe, we are in a position to offer our partners the comprehensive solutions demanded by the enterprise market today.” Incidentally, John’s appointment comes just a week after the current Magirus Middle East chief, Patrick Eichstaedt, revealed that the company is seeking to add a stronger security flavour to its portfolio this year. The company continues to focus strongly on the HP, IBM and EMC enterprise markets in the Middle East, but is hopeful that some of the ‘EMEA-wide’ vendor contracts it inherited from the Allasso acquisition will be activated in the Gulf region. Magirus — which boasts more than US$900m in annual sales and employs 600 people — has also named Stefan Baumeister as operations director for its security arm and he will work alongside John in a management capacity. Baumeister previously headed German components distributor and hardware manufacturer Krystaltech Lynx before it was forced into opening voluntary bankruptcy proceedings last summer.

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