Westcon Group Strengthens Executive Leadership Diversity with New Executives

Cathy Jessup and Lynn S. Murphy Added to Diverse Management Team

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., May 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Bolstering its reputation as a top value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, Westcon Group today made significant enhancements to the company's Executive Leadership Team – reinforcing the power of diversity across its management infrastructure. Formerly with Pitney Bowes, Cathy Jessup now serves as Chief Financial Officer – while company veteran Lynn S. Murphy expands her role to Executive Vice President for all of North America.

With broad-based industry experience, both underscore the strength of Westcon Group's management team diversity and will serve critical functions during the company's next stage of growth. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dolph Westerbos, half of the company's regional business units are now run by women and the streamlined executive leadership team now boasts seven nationalities covering every continent.

"Our management team reflects the diversity of Westcon Group's customers and employees across the globe – meaning we can relate even better to customers and vendors. Diversity facilitates better problem solving by drawing on multiple perspectives – and our team is no different," noted Westerbos. "Both Cathy and Lynn heighten our ability to collaborate effectively and deliver innovative and more effective solutions for both Westcon and our partners."

During the past year, Westcon Group has continued to elevate the company's two core brands – Westcon and Comstor – while highlighting such Solution Practices as Security, Unified Communications and Collaboration, Data Center, Cloud, Services and Global Deployment. Jessup and Murphy are tasked with capitalizing on these competitive differentiators to accelerate market share.

With a deep industry background, Jessup leads Westcon Group's global finance function – including operational support, budgeting/forecasting, accounting/controls, legal procurement, risk management and lender relations. At Pitney Bowes, she acted as Chief Financial Officer for the company's services divisions – with more than $2 billion in revenues. Jessup was also essential in sale of the business to a private equity firm.

"Westcon is a distributor with a solid financial infrastructure and excellent reputation across the analyst community," noted Jessup. "Based on the power of our diverse team, we're poised to recognize even greater revenue growth and financial stability during the next few years."

An experienced member of the Westcon Group organization, Lynn S. Murphy is now Executive Vice President of North America – responsible for development and execution of business strategy and P&L functions, across all of Westcon's business lines in North America. Murphy joined Westcon in 1997 and was responsible for positioning the company as a top value-added specialty distributor in a competitive North American market. Prior to Westcon, she held various positions at Bell Canada, bolstering her insight into the other side of the channel.

"During my tenure at Westcon Group, I've seen the company transform from its humble beginnings as a regional player to a true force in global distribution," said Murphy. "Diversity and strong female leadership have always been hallmarks of the company's success. I'm proud to be an essential member of Dolph's Executive Leadership Team – a strong group with a clearly defined vision for the company's future."

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About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is a value added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. Westcon's teams create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships at every level of the Westcon Group organization enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. Westcon Group's portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Cisco, Avaya, Brocade, Polycom, Check Point, and Blue Coat. For more information, please visit www.westcongroup.com or www.comstor.com.

Media Contact:

Craig Librett
Westcon Group
(914) 357-1747

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