A game of boardroom musical chairs initiated by new Ingram Micro president Gerhard Schulz has led to the exits of both UK and Benelux VP Johan Vandenbussche and SVP of vendor management and business development Vincenzo Baggio.
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Vandenbussche pitched up at Ingram Micro in 1998 as managing director of Belgium, following a stint at General Electric sub Avery Berkel. He became UK managing director and VP of northern Europe in 2004 and remained in the post until 2007 when he took up the post of VP of the pan-European business unit, and subsequently became EMEA VP of business development.
In 2009, he returned to more localised roles at Ingram, becoming VP of the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. He has also picked up the slack on a couple of occasions when Ingram Micro UK found itself without a managing director, first when the appointment of Pablo Suarez fell apart, and subsequently to fill in the gap following the departure of Matt Sanderson and the arrival of current incumbent Brent McCarty.
Baggio, meanwhile, came to Ingram in 2005 from office supply retailer Staples, and has held his current post since then.
“It has been a pleasure to work for Ingram Micro during the past 15 years,” said Vandenbussche. “ I enjoyed working with multiple team in diverse geographies and would like to thank them all for the achievements we had and I wish you all a lot of success.”
Ingram Micro characterised Schulz’s reshuffle as a means to strengthen its overall European organisational set-up, centred on “empowered country operations”.
In a statement it said it planned to accomplish this empowerment through “fostering strong ties with customers and vendors and through the sole focus and responsibility for a portfolio of business enabling profitable growth.”
To this end Schulz has also binned the current country organisation, replacing it with five new geographical areas, DACHH under Marcus Adae; Southern Europe under Christian Bittebierre; Benelux under Eric Segers; UK and Ireland under Brent McCarty, who is to become VP of the UK and Ireland in addition to his UK MD role; and finally, Sweden, under executive director Derrick Wood.
Elsewhere, Ernesto Schmutter and Sabine Howest have been added to the European leadership team as executive director of international business and executive director of strategic partner relations and business intelligence Europe respectively.
Said Schulz: “I want to thank them [Vandenbussche and Baggio] for their valuable contributions and commitment over the past years to our business. I wish them all the best in their careers. With the implementation of this management structure, we take an important step towards our objectives. I’m pleased we have such a capable leadership team to support profitable growth across the region.”