Bell Microproducts Appoints Paul Cook as UK Commercial Sales Director

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 30 /CNW/ -- Bell Microproducts Inc. (Nasdaq:  
BELM), one of the world's largest value-added distributors of storage and
computing technology, today announced it has appointed Paul Cook as director
of UK commercial sales. Based out of the company's Chessington office, Cook
will take responsibility for Bell Microproducts' UK e-tail, system builder,
SMB and corporate sales teams, and report to Graeme Watt, president, Bell
Microproducts Europe.
    Cook will be responsible for continuing Bell Microproducts' initiative to
build a robust sales organization capable of injecting premium growth rates
into its UK Commercial sales channel.
    "Paul and I have worked together on the same team in the past, and I am
excited to welcome him to Bell Microproducts," said Watt.  "I have the utmost
respect for his skills and experience and am looking forward to working with
him again. Paul's extremely strong relationships with key customers across the
UK, coupled with his proven strengths in creating an environment for sales
people to thrive and succeed, will make him a key player on our team."
    Cook has a long and impressive history in the UK IT industry, and most
recently served as managing director for Acer UK, where he helped build the
organization into the third largest notebook manufacturer in the UK. Before
joining Acer, Cook held the position of managing director at Westcoast, a
leading national wholesale distributor, and prior to that Cook was sales
director for Computer 2000.
    "I'm delighted to join such a driven, dynamic organization as Bell
Microproducts and to be returning to an industry that I know and love," said
Cook. "I look forward to leveraging my two and a half decades of experience to
help firmly establish Bell Microproducts as the value added distributor of
choice for the channel."
    Cook attained an HND in business studies from Bromley Technology College,
and also trained as an accountant for the Institute of Cost & Management
Accountants. He replaces Alistair Brett.  Watt commented, "We wish to thank
Alistair for his work, energy and commitment during his two years with Bell
Microproducts, and wish him all the best."
    About Bell Microproducts Inc.
    Bell Microproducts (Nasdaq:   BELM) is an international, value-added
distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and services,
including storage systems, servers, software, computer components and
peripherals, as well as maintenance and professional services.  An
industry-recognized specialist in storage products, this Fortune 1000 company
is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.  In
2006, the company celebrated the sale of its 50 millionth hard disk drive,
setting a significant industry milestone.
    Bell Microproducts is uniquely qualified with deep technical and
application expertise to service a broad range of information technology
needs.  From design to deployment, its products are available at any level of
integration, from components to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated,
tested and certified system solutions.  More information can be found in the
company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at

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