*NEWS*TECH DATA’S CEO TO STEP DOWN !

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*NEWS*TECH DATA’S CEO TO STEP DOWN !

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    Tech Data’s Raymund To Step Down As CEO
    Steve
    Raymund said Wednesday that he plans to step down as CEO of Tech Data
    after a replacement is named, likely in four to six months.
    Raymund
    told CRN he aims to remain the chairman of the Clearwater, Fla.-based
    distributor. He said the decision to step down as CEO stemmed from a
    desire to downshift after 25 years with the company.
    “My major
    motivation is personal. My youngest kid is going to college next year.
    Having recently completed my 50th birthday and my 25th year here, the
    time seems [right] to downshift,” Raymund said.
    Tech Data has hired
    executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to work with the
    distribution giant’s board of directors to find a new CEO, Raymund
    said. Such a move suggests that Tech Data may bring in a successor from
    outside the company.
    Raymund said he will continue to be active with the company and does not want any major changes under a new CEO.
    “I
    will continue on as chairman and be an active one. Any transition would
    be quite seamless. It shouldn’t cause any disruption in the quality of
    service to customers or vendors,” he said.
    Raymund joined Tech Data
    in 1981, when it was a $2 million company with about a dozen employees.
    Now the distributor employs about 8,500 people with about $20 billion
    in revenue.
    “We are in a very strong position in all our markets.
    That is very satisfying. What’s also been gratifying is the
    high-caliber talent of people at Tech Data that challenge me and each
    other. That give and take is a lot of fun and something to some degree
    I will miss,” Raymund said.
    Brian Alexander, senior vice president
    of equity research, technology distribution, at Raymond James &
    Associates, said it is unlikely that Raymund is stepping down because
    of Tech Data’s performance, which has lagged recently in Europe.
    “I
    think that if anything, Europe being back on track is the reason behind
    the timing. Steve [Raymund] would not step down if he was uncomfortable
    with the state of his business,” Alexander said. “I think it’s a
    statement of confidence that Europe is recovering. He leaves the
    company in good hands. We’ll have to see who the successor is.
    Apparently, it will be someone from outside the company.