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Westcon names Channel veteran as new CEO

09 Dec 13

Westcon Group has named industry veteran Dolph Westerbos as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer.

With more than 20 years of B2B services and channel leadership experience at companies ranging from Dell to Brambles and ModusLink, Westerbos succeeds Dean Douglas, who will be leaving to pursue another business opportunity.

“I’d like to sincerely thank Dean for the role he played in globalizing Westcon and expanding its footprint during the five years he led the organization,” says Jens Montanana, CEO, Datatec.

“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.”

Speaking following his announced departure at the value-added distributor, 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.”

Westerbos comes to Westcon Group from Brambles and CHEP, where he served as Group President of Asia Pacific and EMEA for the supply chain and pooling solutions provider.

As Westcon’s newest executive, 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.

“Dolph has a great track-record of managing organizations that couple premier technology-based solutions and services, built on strong operational capabilities," Montanana continues.

"Combined with his global background and experience in emerging markets, this makes him a great fit to take Westcon’s market leadership even further.”

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. While there, he also led the company’s market strategy, product development, and global customer organizations.

Westerbos also performed as Vice President of Solutions and Services for EMEA at Dell, shepherding its managed services, consulting and data center 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.

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.

“Westcon’s success is based on an ability to deliver real-world technology solutions and services that target the most difficult challenges facing the data center, network, security, and unified communications marketplaces," Westerbos says.

"This has been accomplished by integrating strong vendor relationships alongside an unmatched technology vision and deep services.

“I’m excited to be joining the company at this pivotal time to accelerate its next stage of growth.”

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