Westcon Group appoints new global boss
- 04 December, 2013 08:56
Distributor Westcon Group has named Former Brambles boss Dolph Westerbos as the new chief executive of the company.
Westerbos succeeds Dean Douglas, who will be leaving to pursue another business opportunity, to be announced later this week.
Westerbos comes to Westcon Group from Brambles (ASX: BXB) and CHEP, where he served as Group President of Asia Pacific and EMEA for the supply chain and pooling solutions provider.
According to a company statement Westerbos will build upon the company’s leadership in value-added distribution – with more than $4 billion in revenue and presence in 60 countries across six continents.
Datatec chief executive Jens Montana said Westerbos had a great track record of managing organisations that coupled premier technology-based solutions and services, built on strong operational capabilities.
“Combined with his global background and experience in emerging markets, this makes him a great fit to take Westcon’s market leadership even further,” he said.
While at Brambles, Westerbos was responsible for helping generate services revenues of $2 billion across 7,000 employees, with operations in more than 40 countries.
Westerbos said Westcon’s success was based on an ability to deliver real-world technology solutions and services that target the most difficult challenges facing the datacentre, network, security, and unified communications marketplaces.
“This has been accomplished by integrating strong vendor relationships alongside an unmatched technology vision and deep services,” he said.
“I’m excited to be joining the company at this pivotal time to accelerate its next stage of growth.”
Westerbos also performed as vice president of solutions and services for EMEA at Dell, shepherding its managed services, consulting and datacentre products business to revenues of approximately $2.5 billion across 50 countries.
Previously, he helped establish Dell’s European channel business and managed reseller partner relationships in Western Europe.
Montana thanked outgoing chief Douglas for the role he played in globalising Westcon and expanding its footprint during the five years he led the organization.
“His strategic vision and experience in the technology and channel industry will serve him well and I wish him the most success in his new endeavours,” he said.
Douglas said: “I would like to thank all of those at Westcon who have supported me during the remarkable transformation of Westcon into a global player over the last five years.”
Before Dell, Dolph worked at NASDAQ-listed ModusLink, a global provider of supply chain, IT and business process outsourcing services, for 12 years in a number of international senior general management, operations, technology and sales roles.
Westerbos holds a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He will be based at the company’s global headquarters in Tarrytown, NY.