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Merlion appoints Raskolova as CEO

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 6 March 2013

Russian distributor Merlion has appointed Sergei Nikolaevich Raskolova as its new CEO. In his new role, Raskolova will help the channel giant develop further and meet strategic business objectives. Merlion has entered a number of new distribution areas in recent years and Raskolova will also focus on developing internal structures within the company.

Raskolova joined Merlion in 2003 as a sales manager before taking on a regional manager role and then progression to commercial director for a division within the distributor. Since January 2007, Raskolova has served as sales director at Merlion and also been involved in strategic projects including the expansion of the distributor’s network of regional offices.

Vyacheslav Simonenko who previously served as CEO remains by the Merlion group and an announcement will be made soon on his new role as manager of an independent business project.

Alexey Abramov, chairman of Merlion’s board of directors, said: “These management changes demonstrate Merlion’s success in recent years. We have not only become a market leader in our core business of distribution, but we have also grown aggressively into adjacent business areas.”

“I am sure that in the next few years, our company’s development strategy will allow us to be number one in all the segments we cover in the IT market, both in Russia and in the CIS. And perhaps even beyond. I see great prospects for Merlion,” he added.

Merlion picks up channel accolade

Merlion was named Russia & CIS Distributor of the Year at last month’s ’EMEA Channel Academy: 2013 Awards’ held in Monaco in conjunction with DISTREE EMEA.

The ’EMEA Channel Academy: 2013 Awards’ were based on an open and transparent voting process involving input from both vendors and channel customers - resellers and retailers.

Farouk Hemraj, CEO & Co-Founder at DISTREE Events, organisers of the ’EMEA Channel Academy: 2013 Awards’, said: "Taking place for the fifth time in 2013, we remain committed to ensuring that the distributor awards use the most open and transparent voting process possible."

"This accolade is indicative of a successful channel model that not only delivers impressive results for vendors, but is also highly appreciated by the reseller and retailer customers served by Merlion," he added.


DISTREE Russia & CIS is the region’s premier annual channel event for vendors looking to manage, build or launch channels in this strategically important market. Leading retailers, resellers and distributors from across Russia & CIS attend the event, allowing vendors to accelerate their channel development and drive business success across Russia & CIS.

DISTREE Russia & CIS operates a unique business model based on an ‘invitation only’ event format, offering a compelling mix of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings, keynotes, awards and networking opportunities for vendors and channel executives operating in the Russia & CIS region. For more information, visit www.distree-russia.com.

DISTREE Russia & CIS 2013 is scheduled to take place place at the Pulkovskaya Radisson Hotel in St. Petersburg from June 25th to 27th. Vendors wishing to attend the event should contact fsimard@distreevents.com quoting code DRU13.


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