United States: broadliner Tech Data has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Signature Technology Group, a provider of data center and professional services throughout North America. STG's services will be offered through Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division, the company's data center business in the Americas. STG's data center services enable solution providers across all verticals to maximize their clients' technology investments, strategically improve service levels, reduce risk, and contain costs. STG offers partner-led IT professional services that deploy technology physically and virtually, cloud assessments and migrations, and technical staffing to ensure that IT departments have skilled resources and coverage. The STG team holds certifications across 23 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and its technicians, deployed in customers' IT environments, support over 300,000 devices throughout North America. Founded in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1990, STG was named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies List in 2014, the CRN Fast Growth 150 in 2013, and the CRN Fast Growth 100 in 2012. Charles Layne, president and chief executive officer at STG, along with the entire STG team, will join Tech Data. He will assume the role of president, Signature Technology Group at Tech Data and report directly to Bartlett in the company's AIS division.
LATAM: American broadliner Tech Data has completed the sale of its business operations in Chile and Peru to its nemesis Ingram Micro. The distributor also plans to exit its operations in Uruguay. These steps will enable Tech Data to focus its investment and development efforts on expanding its Latin America export business in Miami and its operations in Mexico, a larger and more developed IT market. The distributor recently appointed industry veteran Eduardo Coronado as managing director, Tech Data Mexico. In this role, Coronado leads the strategic direction of the Company's sales and operations efforts in Mexico.
Tech Data Europe has launched an enhanced version of InTouch, its web-based e-commerce solution, including an improved search function and navigation that allows users to find and purchase products with fewer clicks than before. InTouch gives customers fingertip access to Tech Data Europe's complete product catalogue, enabling resellers to track their order history and invoices, and make after-sales enquiries. The enhanced version features improved navigation with clear product categories, so users can immediately select the type of product they need using intuitive tools for screen-sizing and pricing, as well as one-click selection of required features. The presentation of search results has been made leaner and simpler, making visual comparisons and refinement of the search easier. Information needed is visible on one screen so there is no need for additional scrolling. Craig Partington, EMEA eBusiness director at Tech Data Europe, states: "With the latest release of InTouch, we have made it even easier and faster for resellers to find what they want, so they spend less time searching for the right product and more time dealing with the needs of their customers. The process is logical and neat—with just a few clicks, you can narrow down your search to a handful of suitable solutions or a specific product. These changes make InTouch an even more useful tool for resellers and retailers looking to respond quickly to customer enquiries and maximise their chances of winning business." Tech Data has created a special set of visual guides to the updated system, including a short demonstration video, to explain the enhancements.
Tech Data Europe has appointed Johan Vandenbussche to the new position of senior vice president, Operations. In this role, Vandenbussche will lead the Operations unit in Tech Data Europe, including overall responsibility for HR, Logistics, IT coordination and the company's internal consulting team, which focuses on the standardization and enhancement of working practices across its country operations. He will join the company's European Executive Board and will report to Néstor Cano, President Europe. For the last 15 years Vandenbussche served as a senior international executive with Tech Data's arch-nemesis Ingram Micro, variously holding responsibility as vice president for regional operations, M&A in Europe and the company's pan-European business unit.
American broadliner Tech Data has appointed Jean-Paul Durand to the new position of vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer. In this new global role, Durand will lead Tech Data's worldwide ethics and compliance program, including the company's policies and procedures designed to prevent and detect fraudulent conduct, encourage ethical behavior and a commitment to compliance with the law, and ensure adherence to Tech Data's Code of Conduct. Durand will report to David Vetter, the company's senior vice president, general counsel, as well as the Audit Committee of the company's board of directors. Durand has served as Tech Data's vice president, assistant general counsel since May 2011 and has been with Tech Data since 2000. The company also announced that Wayne Hanewicz has been promoted to vice president, assistant general counsel. Hanewicz has served as assistant general counsel since joining Tech Data in June 2009, leading the legal aspects of projects such as the issuance of Tech Data's $350 million senior notes. In his new role, he will be responsible for the US legal organization and report to Vetter. The company has also appointed a deputy ethics and compliance officer in both its Americas and European regions, reporting directly to Durand. These two new positions will be responsible for managing Tech Data's ethics and compliance program in their respective regions, assisting the chief ethics and compliance officer with monitoring compliance and developing reporting on program effectiveness. The company will also add the new position of regional counsel, Latin America to its Legal department, which will report directly to Vetter, as well as the new position of trade practice counsel, Europe, which will report to Norbert Sourek, the company's general counsel, Europe.
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