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Watt will be the next CEO of Softcat

The search for a CEO has been concluded with channel veteran Graeme Watt getting the chance to make a difference at Softcat

The search for the CEO of Softcat has ended with industry veteran Graeme Watt being given the chance to lead the reseller.

Softcat had been on the hunt for a new CEO ever since it has announced back in May that Martin Hellawell was going to step down and become non-executive chairman. That transition will happen when Watt steps into the CEO role from 1 April next year.

Watt is currently senior vice president EMEA, advanced and specialist solutions at Tech Data, and has a CV that includes plenty of experience in senior channel roles.

He was running Avnet Technologty Solutions across EMEA when Tech Data acquired the business earlier this year and before that was at Bell Micro.

Watt stood out during the CEO search process as someone that had already demonstrated leadership quailities and delivered results.

"Our extensive search generated an impressive field of candidates and Graeme stood out for his extensive knowledge of the sector and the reseller channel as well as his strong leadership skills and delivery of growth in very sizeable business units at Avnet and Tech Data," said Brian Wallace, chairm of Softcat.

"He understood and was excited by the dynamic, enthusiastic, people-oriented culture at Softcat and its importance to our Company's future success. In Graeme, we believe we have found someone who can nurture the best of what we do today with the experience and dynamism to scale and grow the business yet further," he added.

Watt responded by commenting on the progress that Softcat had made and the success of its current formula.

"It is a significant customer of Tech Data and I have therefore seen at close quarters its remarkable growth based on a great team providing outstanding service to a rapidly growing customer base. I look forward to introducing myself to the business, getting to know its people and operations even better and working with everyone to ensure the continued success of Softcat," he said.

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