Klaus Schlichtherle, Infinigate Group CEO
Security VAD Infinigate Group has appointed two new executives who will be jointly responsible for plans to achieve a revenue target of €1.5 billion by 2024.
Julien Antoine, a seasoned security and retail executive, joins the team as Chief Business Development Officer, and industry veteran Andreas Bechtold is promoted to Chief Revenue Officer.
Together they will work on Infinigate's cloud and subscription business in EMEA, driving an aggressive, high-growth strategy focused on organic growth and acquisitions.
The senior management appointments are a key part of the company's plan to strengthen its position as a leading value-added distributor in Europe.
Julien has held senior positions at Exclusive Networks VAD, where he was EVP Strategy and Operations and VP EMEA. He was also part of the management consulting team at AT Kearney's management consulting team.
Andreas has over 20 years of experience in retail, having joined Infinigate in 2000. He has been responsible for sales management within the Infinigate Group since March 2021, having previously been EVP Vendor Management and Value Add Services and leading operations in the DACH region as Regional Vice President.
"Our organic growth rate of 25% and record turnover of €750 million show that we have an attractive offering for our suppliers and customers. Our unique customer-centric, digital transformation and subscription approach is clearly paying off", said Klaus Schlichtherle, Infinigate Group CEO. "The combination of Andreas' and Julien's experience is a key asset in building a unique position as the EMEA leader in the VAD and subscription business, with the clear objective of helping our partners grow faster."
"Julien is a successful leader with an impressive track record and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. His expertise in business transformation, business scaling and his vision on subscription and cloud will be instrumental in our growth journey."
Commenting on his appointment, Andreas Bechtold said: "Infinigate is a pan-European VAD and we aim to achieve a leading position in all countries in which we are represented. Over the next few months we will be devoting time, resources and money to expanding our geographical coverage and intensifying teamwork with our partners."
Julien says: "I am delighted to be joining such a fantastic company. Infinigate is clearly driven by the desire to do the right thing for its employees and partners and is constantly strengthening its own value proposition. The team has done a fantastic job, and the organisation is very well structured. We can now continue to develop and take advantage of all the opportunities for growth, both organically and through mergers and acquisitions. I'm really excited to be joining the Infinigate team and look forward to helping our suppliers and resellers disrupt what value-added services mean."