Ingram Micro expands into e-commerce services market with Shipwire
Broadliner Ingram Micro has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which it will acquire Shipwire, a provider of global fulfillment services for emerging multi-channel brands. The Shipwire platform provides on-demand e-commerce fulfillment and supply chain management from a network of global pick-pack and ship warehouses to more than 1,000 emerging brands and web retailers. Integrated into the top e-commerce platforms and based in Silicon Valley, Shipwire has pioneered cloud logistics with on-demand fulfillment center and shipping tools, Web services, and developer tools, that can all be used together to solve complex global logistics problems. Shipwire serves brands from more than 50 countries, selling to buyers across the world from facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. Shipwire will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro. Damon Schechter, founder and CEO of Shipwire, will continue to lead the company as president of Shipwire, reporting directly to Robert Gifford, Ingram Micro executive vice president, Global Logistics. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close before the end of the year.
Ingram Micro Europe optimizes the European leadership team structure to strengthen its market leadership
Broadliner Ingram Micro has unveiled changes to the European leadership team. The new President for Ingram Micro Europe, Gerhard Schulz, has revised his European leadership team in an effort to strengthen the organizational set-up. The change is centered around empowered country operations that operate close to the business. This empowerment is accomplished through fostering strong ties with the customers and vendors and through the sole focus and responsibility for a portfolio of business enabling profitable growth. In order to implement a consistent go-to-market approach, a new country organizational set-up has been adopted and consists of 5 geographical areas:
- the existing DACHH (Austria, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland) cluster headed by Marcus Adae
- the Southern Europe cluster covering France, Italy and Spain with Christian Bittebierre at the helm
- Benelux cluster (Belgium and the Netherlands) where Eric Segers is promoted to VP Benelux
- Ireland/UK region is headed by Brent McCarty VP Ireland/UK
- Derrick Wood, Executive Director Sweden will now report to Gerhard Schulz
In addition to the country cluster changes, Ernesto Schmutter and Sabine Howest have been asked to join the European leadership team. Ernesto Schmutter will assume the role of Executive Director International Businesses and Sabine Howest becomes the Executive Director Strategic Partner Relations and Business Intelligence Europe. As a consequence Vincenzo Baggio and Johan Vandenbussche have decided to leave to pursue opportunities outside Ingram Micro.
Ingram Micro acquires CloudBlue
Broadliner Ingram Micro has CloudBlue Technologies, a provider of enterprise IT asset disposition, onsite data destruction and e-waste recycling services to large enterprise customers, retail customers and OEMs. CloudBlue will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro. Ken Beyer, former CEO and co-founder of CloudBlue, will continue to lead the company as vice president of Ingram Micro and president of CloudBlue, reporting directly to Robert Gifford, Ingram Micro executive vice president, global logistics. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Ingram Micro appoints new COO
Broadliner Ingram Micro has appointed Paul Read as president and chief operating officer. Reporting directly to Alain Monie, chief executive officer, Ingram Micro, Read will be responsible for the worldwide IT distribution business and the associated logistics support organizations, with the IT distribution regional presidents reporting directly to him. Read, who joined the Ingram Micro board of directors last September, has resigned his role as a member. Bill Humes will continue reporting directly to Monie in the role of chief financial officer, responsible for all aspects of the company's global finance organization. He will also assume added direct responsibility for the company's global shared services centers and strategic sourcing operations. Ingram Micro also announced that its board of directors elected Wade Oosterman, President, Mobility and Residential Services, and Chief Brand Officer for Bell Canada Enterprises, to serve as an independent director effective Sept. 18, 2013. With the resignation of Read, the composition of the Ingram Micro board of directors remains at 11.
Ingram Micro acquires SoftCom
American broadliner Ingram Micro has acquired Canadian cloud marketplace SoftCom. Founded in 1997, SoftCom operates brands such as myhosting.com and mail2web.com and has a seasoned team of engineers with deep experience in building and developing cloud aggregation and web solutions. It provides a wide offer of online services, like domain name management, web hosting and cloud infrastructure services, among other SMB-focused solutions. SoftCom will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro. Turker Sokullu, former CEO and co-founder of SoftCom, will continue to lead the company as executive director, reporting to Nimesh Dave, Ingram Micro executive vice president, global business process and cloud computing. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed.