Mario Veljovic joins Global Distribution
Veteran IT executive leaves Ingram Micro’s Aptec after a 10-year spell
Mario Veljovic, one of IT powerhouse Ingram Micro Aptec's most senior executives, has left the company to join Global Distribution as the new vice president for the solutions business.
Veljovic confirmed his departure in an interview with Channel Middle East and said he had taken up another senior management post from January 2014 at rival distributor Global Distribution to spearhead the company's solutions business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Global Distribution Group, which has operations in Asia, Europe, North and South America, has been looking to cement its MENA presence after opening its MENA headquarters in Dubai just over two years ago.
"After spending almost 11 years with Aptec, I felt this was the right time for me to make the move. I enjoyed my time with the company. I am now looking forward to the new challenge with Global Distribution, which will see me focus on developing and growing the company's solutions business," he said.
Veljovic explained that the regional channel distribution landscape has continued to evolve in the Middle East beyond the value-added distribution (VAD) model. "The solutions space in distribution means more than just having a VAD model. It requires doing more and taking on roles as a distributor that mirror what a traditional systems integrator or value-added reseller (VAR) would do in addition to the core distribution functions," he said.
Veljovic pointed out that in addition to heading Global's solutions business unit, he will also be responsible for spearheading Tech Forte Systems' solutions business. He said Tech Forte is a systems integration company within the Global Distribution Group, that specialises in delivering solutions to the government and education sector in the Middle East. "Because we are part of the Global Distribution Group, we have the financial muscle that allows us to play in the government sector and education vertical," he noted.
He said from a systems integration business perspective, the government sector presents opportunities from which the company's solutions offerings will be strengthened. "The channel market place is witnessing a rebound and we are steadily seeing players establish themselves in the solutions segment," he said.