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Shepherd stepping down at Tech Data

Eliot Shepherd, marketing director at Tech Data Middle East, is leaving the regional distribution giant. Shepherd has handed in his resignation and will bid a fond farewell to Tech Data later this year.

Eliot Shepherd, marketing director at Tech Data Middle East, is leaving the regional distribution giant. Shepherd has handed in his resignation and will bid a fond farewell to Tech Data later this year.

“I have been in distribution for well over a decade and have thoroughly enjoyed working at Tech Data,” said Shepherd. “I am now ready for a new challenge and will consider all the options available. That may or may not be in IT distribution. I will still be working at Tech Data for the next couple of months.”

Shepherd, a familiar face in the Middle East IT channel, has ruled out a return to the UK, but is mulling over the possibility of a move to the Asia-Pacific region. Starting out as a telesales executive almost twenty years ago, Shepherd has a wealth of experience at both vendor and distributor level. He has played a key role in Tech Data’s rapid growth in the Middle East and the expansion of its regional vendor portfolio.

“Bookkeeper, telesales operator, product specialist, sales manager, operations and marketing, business owner — I’ve completed just about every job in IT distribution,” explained Shepherd in a recent interview.

“Despite an IT career spanning almost two decades in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, this region’s cultural diversity still amazes me. Whilst I do have memorable experiences in different business disciplines in the UK and Europe, nothing compares to the opportunities and challenges experienced here,” he added.

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