Ingram Micro's management exodus continues

Ingram Micro's management exodus continues

Braham Shnider has become the latest in a string of managers to walk out the door at distribution giant Ingram Micro. Shnider, who was general manager for systems and peripherals and is essentially the number two man at Ingram Micro Australia, officially resigned last Tuesday and left the company the next day.

Shnider built a name for himself in the channel as the former boss of ITG, a Melbourne-based distributor that was taken over earlier this year by Ingram Micro, and together with ERA became Ingram Micro Australia.

Shnider is not the only recent departure from Ingram Micro. On the local front, Michael Calculli and Campbell Travis left Ingram to join Agate, while marketing manager Sue Johnston also resigned recently.

Internationally, Ingram has seen a string of resignations including CEO Jerre Stead, president and worldwide COO Jeff Rodeck and Phil Ellet, the company's president of the Americas.

Shnider was adamant, however, that there is nothing "sinister or untoward" about his decision to leave Ingram. "It will be business as usual for Ingram Micro," Shnider said.

"I made this decision months ago and we've been transitioning towards this day since then. Certainly if I wanted to stay on in distribution this would be where I would want to be."

According to Belinda Johnson, Ingram Micro's marketing and communications manager, the resignations are simply part of the company's reorganisation. "When a company undergoes an integration there are obviously positions that change," she said.

Shnider reports he is looking forward to new challenges and a well-deserved break. He intends to kick back until the new year, spending time with his wife and young children and will "go to the gym and perhaps do a few triathlons".

Shnider also intends to do some consulting work until January 2000, at which point he will start seriously looking for a new challenge.

"It will be something related to the Internet and e-commerce," Shnider said, adding that he hoped to be in a new full-time role by April.

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