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After 20 years at Wick Hill, managing director Ken Ward has announced that he is to step down. Ward will continue to work on projects in an advisory role.
“Ken is a one-off. He has been instrumental in the growth of Wick Hill, both in the UK and DACH regions, and in laying the foundations for our future growth, as well as developing the Wick Hill way of doing business,” said Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group. “Ken and I complement each other well. I was front-of-house and Ken was back of house, making sure that everything worked. I count him as a good friend and in 20 years, we have never had a row – I don’t know how he put up with me for so long!”
Ward commented: “I have enjoyed working at Wick Hill for 20 years and it’s definitely the best job I have ever had. I have been fortunate to work with Ian Kilpatrick, as we have differing but complementary skills, which made for a strong partnership. I have been looking forward to retirement for some time now, but the downside is that I will miss all my working friends, colleagues, vendors and resellers.”
Ingram Micro announced that Matt Sanderson will take on the role of country chief executive at Ingram Micro UK & Ireland, having successfully turned around the fortunes of operations in Australia.
Sanderson, who has held roles across the business at both local country and regional level in the EMEA and APAC regions, is widely credited with pulling Ingram Micro Australia back from the brink.
Current UK chief Brent McCarty will return to the US to lead Ingram’s global sales initiative.
“We congratulate both Matt and Brent in their new roles and look forward to the continued development of Ingram Micro UK under Matt’s leadership,” said Gerhard Schulz executive vice president & global group president. “We cannot thank Brent enough for his commitment and believe his prior experience has fully prepared him to head up our global sales initiative”.
IP video specialist Veracity is strengthening its team with appointment of Ian Garden to its business development team.
Garden has spent the last three years with Entatech, where he started as networking product manager, before becoming the new business development manager.
“We are very happy to welcome Ian to Veracity. His broad experience in the IT distribution sector will bring a new dynamic to our sales approach, and we are looking forward to strengthening our brand in the IT sector with Ian’s help” said Alastair McLeod, CEO of Veracity.
“Joining Veracity is a new and exciting time for me,” said Garden. “Working within the IT channel I’m aware of the network challenges which integrators and installers encounter; the great aspect of Veracity is that they have the products to make IT installations a lot easier, and the innovative products they produce make the “hard to do” easy. I am excited to be joining a team and a brand which is forward-thinking and puts the customer at the forefront of driving innovation. I’m relishing the opportunity to increase Veracity’s awareness within the IT channel and confident that the channel will embrace the brand.”