Tech Data announces new CEO

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By  Published  September 22, 2006

Tech Data has elected an executive with no previous experience of working for an IT distributor as its new CEO.

Bob Dutkowsky has joined the firm from utility computing company Egenera and officially begins his post next month.

Dutkowsky’s appointmen ends a nine-month search for a successor to long-serving CEO and chairman Steve Raymund, who announced his intention to resign the two roles in January.

While lacking distributor experience Dutkowsky boasts extensive understanding of the vendor landscape and has top management experience, having led Egenera as its chairman, president and CEO for the past two years.

Prior to tenures at EMC, GenRad and JD Edwards, he spent 20 years at IBM — one of Tech Data’s largest partners — including an assignment working directly for former IBM boss Lou Gerstner.

“Bob possesses a highly successful track record in driving sales growth and leading companies through periods of change and development. His sales expertise, business acumen and leadership ability in the areas of distribution and product development are an enormous addition to our company,” commented Raymund.

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