Ingram Micro names Connell as boss of PC systems unit

Ingram Micro is appointing VIP sales director Chris Connell to head up its PC systems division. The unit has been managed on an interim basis by Gemma Glen who has moved to become category head for peripherals while Lousie McRystal has been given permanent responsibility for the print and supplies b

Ingram Micro is appointing VIP sales director Chris Connell to head up its PC systems division.

The unit has been managed on an interim basis by Gemma Glen who has moved to become category head for peripherals while Lousie McRystal has been given permanent responsibility for the print and supplies business.

Matt Sanderson, UK managing director at Ingram Micro, said it needed to invest in the infrastructure to bolster PC sales,

"We wanted to build up that area," he told MicroScope.

The PC, print and supplies and peripherals units continue to report to volume commercial director Mike Farrah, who alongside value commercial director Cathi Low, replaced Bhavesh Patel who is now at 20:20 Mobile.

Connell, who joins Ingram next month, worked at the distributor previously from 2002 to 2004 as IBM business manager, but left in the summer of that year to emigrate to Australia, following in the footsteps of Sanderson, who only returned last year.

He returned in early 2005 to join Interface Solutions as sales manager before heading north to become VIP sales director in July 2009.

Rival distributor C2000 is also making some changes at tip of its PC division with general manager Mark Glasspool leaving next month to take on a European role at parent Tech Data.

Group marketing director Andy Dow - who has also taken a bigger role in the retail group to lead a sales campaign - will hold the fort while a permanent successor is found.

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