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Ingram Micro rejigs global executive team

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 7 June 2013

Distribution giant Ingram Micro has rejigged its global executive team, announcing a number of new appointments. Effective August 1st 2013, John Soumbasakis, 43, will be promoted to senior executive VP and president Asia Pacific, and Gerhard Schulz, 50, will be promoted to senior executive VP and president Europe. Mike Zilis, 43, will assume the role of executive VP and president, Latin America, effective January 4th 2014. As part of the shake-up there are also new roles for Shailendra Gupta, and Alain Maquet.

Alain Monie, president and CEO at Ingram Micro, said: "These executive moves further increase the resources and focus devoted to executing on our strategies and driving solid, profitable growth across all of our businesses. We are fortunate to have an excellent team of global leaders ready to take increased responsibilities and I look forward to continuing to work closely with all of our executives to deliver on our near- and longer-term global growth, profitability and total shareholder returns commitments."

Shailendra Gupta

Shailendra Gupta, 50, will assume the newly created role of senior executive VP mobility. In this position, he will focus on driving accelerated growth and profitability across the globe for this strategic market. Gupta’s remit will include looking for longer-term revenue growth and cost reductions from the October 2012 purchase of device lifecycle mobility leader Brightpoint.

In addition to his recent role as integration lead on BrightPoint, Gupta has spent the last six years heading Ingram Micro’s Asia Pacific operations as senior executive VP and president, Asia Pacific. In this role he has excelled at identifying and capitalizing on early market trends that have resulted in significant revenue growth and profitability contribution from key emerging markets including China and India.

Gupta was CEO of Tech Pacific when Ingram Micro acquired it in 2004, its largest acquisition prior to BrightPoint. He then joined Ingram Micro and successfully led the seven country Tech Pacific integration. In his new global role, Gupta will remain in Singapore and will continue to report to Monie as a member of Ingram Micro’s executive leadership team.

John Soumbasakis

John Soumbasakis, 43, will be promoted to senior executive VP and president Asia Pacific. In more than a decade with Ingram Micro, Soumbasakis has risen quickly through the ranks, and currently serves as executive VP and president, Latin America, where he has regularly delivered record quarterly revenues and operating profitability for the region. He also championed and led the efforts to rebuild the company’s operations in Brazil, returning the country to strong growth and significantly improving operating results after many quarters of underperformance.

Previously, Soumbasakis served as senior VP for Ingram Micro’s specialty solutions division in North America, where his responsibilities included oversight of strategy development and execution, as well as day-to-day operations. He will be based in Singapore and will continue to report to Monie as a member of Ingram Micro’s executive leadership team.

Alain Maquet

Alain Maquet, 61, will assume the position of senior executive VP corporate. In his new role, Maquet will use more than three decades of experience in the IT industry to assist the company in continuing to improve its operational excellence and further expand its strategic initiatives across the globe.

Maquet will also assume responsibility for the company’s Latin American operations through the end of 2013 and will provide guidance and support for the leadership transition in the region. For the past four years, Maquet has served as senior executive VP and president, Europe. In this role, he has successfully driven strong growth in higher margin businesses and markets.

Maquet joined Ingram Micro as managing director of France in 1993, and has served in multiple senior leadership roles in Europe and Latin America during his 20-year tenure. In his new role, Maquet will be based in Miami and be responsible for global productivity improvement. He will continue to report to Monie as a member of Ingram Micro’s executive leadership team.

Gerhard Schulz

Gerhard Schulz, 50, will be promoted to senior executive VP and president, Europe. Schulz currently serves as senior VP, central and eastern Europe, where he has been instrumental in driving strong revenue growth and profit contribution from these countries, particularly Germany, the largest and most profitable country in the region. Schulz is also credited with building the company’s pan-European business, while also playing a leading role in rapidly expanding the region’s higher value business via multiple acquisitions complemented by significant organic growth.

He joined Ingram Micro in 2000 as general manager, Germany sales, and quickly assumed roles of increasing responsibility throughout his tenure with the company, including senior leadership positions covering Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria, where his successes include driving efficiencies and productivity across the businesses, particularly within support functions. Schulz will continue to be based in Germany and will report to Monie as a member of Ingram Micro’s executive leadership team.

Mike Zilis

Mike Zilis, 43, will assume the role of executive VP and president Latin America on January 4th 2014. Zilis was promoted to his current role as executive VP Asia Pacific in 2012. In this capacity, he supports Gupta in oversight of the region’s operations, while also leading special projects for the region, including the company’s recovery programme in Australia and assisting with the integration of the company’s Middle East acquisition of Aptec.

Zilis joined Ingram Micro in 2006 as senior VP and corporate controller, with responsibilities for oversight of financial planning and analysis, external and internal financial reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance efforts, long-term strategic planning, financial due diligence and merger and acquisition work. He will be based in Miami and will report to Monie as a member of Ingram Micro’s executive leadership team.

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