Hans Koppen to Retire at Year-end
SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 30 /CNW/ -- Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the
world's largest technology distributor, selected Jay A. Forbes as executive
vice president and president-designate, Ingram Micro EMEA (Europe, Middle East
and Africa) effective September 3, 2007. Forbes will replace Hans Koppen, who
will retire as of December 31, 2007, and will report to Alain Monie, president
and chief operating officer of Ingram Micro Inc.
Forbes' professional experience includes top-executive posts for some of
the leading corporations in Canada. Most recently, he was president and chief
executive officer of Aliant Inc., an Atlantic-Canadian telecommunications and
information technology company generating revenues of approximately $2
billion. He also was a member of Aliant's board of directors. Prior to
joining Aliant, Forbes was executive vice president and chief financial
officer of Oxford Properties Group, a $3.5-billion commercial real estate
company. He also served as senior vice president and chief financial officer
of Emera Inc., a Canadian energy corporation.
"Jay has an impressive track record of leading complex companies during
times of significant growth and change," said Monie. "We welcome him to the
Ingram Micro executive team and look forward to tapping his extensive
expertise. In his new role, Jay will be charged with building on the
successes of our EMEA region by driving growth -- both within our core
business and through new opportunities -- while expanding our operating
Monie added: "Jay is taking over a well-run, consistently profitable
organization that is a top performer in Europe. Much of the credit for the
region's success goes to Hans Koppen and his team, who deliver excellent
results in challenging environments. All of us at Ingram Micro are grateful
for Hans' contributions to the company -- not only in Europe but for his
earlier leadership of Asia-Pacific and Latin America as well. His hard work
sets the stage for Jay to take the region to even greater heights."
Koppen joined Ingram Micro in January 1998 as president of the company's
Latin American region. He led expansions into new markets and product
categories, developing the Latin American operations into the region's leading
technology distributor. In March 2000, he became president of Ingram Micro
Asia-Pacific, where he built a foundation for growth in emerging markets such
as India and China. He was promoted to his current role as president of
Ingram Micro Europe, now EMEA, in March 2004.
"I'm proud of my contributions to the growth and success of Ingram Micro
during the last 10 years," said Koppen. "I was fortunate to be part of an
outstanding team in every corner of the world. With the support of my
colleagues, I was able to guide new ventures into thriving,
multi-billion-dollar operations and lead an established, mature region such as
Europe to record sales and profits. I feel good about my accomplishments and
the strength of the EMEA team, and I'm sure Jay's leadership will result in
Koppen, 64, and Forbes, 46, will work together in a four-month transition
period through year-end. Forbes will immediately join the company's worldwide
executive team and will become a corporate officer following Koppen's
"I'm looking forward to joining the Ingram Micro team," Forbes said.
"I've been impressed with Ingram Micro's performance, so I'm excited to be
part of the company's future success. I'm confident that there are many
opportunities for me to make this excellent organization even better."
Forbes, who will be located at Ingram Micro's EMEA headquarters near
Brussels, Belgium, is a chartered accountant fellow who began his career as a
public accountant. He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Dalhousie
University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
About Ingram Micro Inc.
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales
and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique
marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support,
financial services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company
generated $31.4 billion in revenues in 2006, ranking 70th on the Fortune-500.
It serves 150 countries and is the only broadline IT distributor with
operations in Asia. Visit http://www.ingrammicro.com.
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