Verbatim fined for VAT fraud
Spain: optical media vendor Verbatim has been fined to €3.2m and its directors Luis Fisas Elizalde (ex commercial director for Portugal and Spain) and Alejandro Jesús Lozano (sales manager) sentenced to 3 years of jail after having been involved in a missing trader fraud between 2005 and 2008. Since the fraud, Verbatim has closed its Spanish sales office and imports its products from France onto this market.
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.
Arrow ECS loses its head
Laurent Sadoun, who was CEO of Arrow ECS for the EMEA region and based in France, has seemingly left the distributor. He ought to be replaced by Eric Nowak, who until now was VP Western Europe (source : Channel BP France).
Bitdefender expands its partnership with MC3
Already working together over the DOM/TOM (French overseas territories), Romanian antivirus editor, through its French representative Profil Technology, has extended its partnership with broadliner MC3 to African territories. MC3 is from now on allowed to distribute Bitdefender antivirus and security solutions in French-speaking Africa through its offices in Algerie, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mauritius and Senegal, as well as through its MC3 Trade BU for all other countries.
A new job for Bosco Souto at Brightstar
Bosco Souto, who was Global VP Retail for telephony specialist Brighstar, has become Accessory Director for Southern Europe. He is now based in the Spanish office of the distributor.