Gant switches Ingram for Simms International

Gant switches Ingram for Simms International

Ingram's former retail chief to head up Simms International's expanding retail business

Ingram Micro's former retail chief, Marlene Gant, has switched distributors and will head up retail at Simms International.

Gant was most recently Ingram's director of consumer channel but resigned late last year. She spent 10 years in senior management roles at Tech Pacific and Ingram.

She takes up the retail director's post at Simms International on February 20. Kate Calvert, who has been helping build up Simms' retail presence to date, moves into a national sales manager's role. Gant will also become a Simms shareholder and will take a seat on the board later in the year.

Managing director, Danny Moore, said Gant's extensive retail experience and relationship management skills would be a great asset as it revamped and expanded its retail business.

"With Marlene's expert guidance, we plan to take our service capabilities to the next level, building further on the strong retail presence we achieved as a result of our acquisition of KH Distribution back in 2006 and expanding our presence in other strategic markets," he said in a statement.

Gant's departure has also triggered a shake-up of Ingram's senior management ranks, with former commercial and solutions group director, John Walters, taking on sales director responsibilities across retail and commercial.

His appointment follows the recent promotion of Stuart Ellis to general manager of Ingram's Solutions Group. Ellis now reports directly to managing director, Guy Freeland.

Walters said Gant's departure gave Ingram the opportunity to combine leadership across the retail and commercial sides of the business.

"Our retail business in Australia has seen huge growth and nearly doubled year-on-year for the past three or four years," he said. "A lot of things are working well and have been well set up by Marlene, but like anything, the industry is always changing and there are new market dynamics that need our attention. My aim is to add some leadership and value to that."

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