Where Are They Now?: 1997 Industry Hall Of Fame Inductees


Chip Lacy

Achievements: As chairman and CEO of Ingram's Micro-D division, Lacy led the distributor to compete with some of the largest computer manufacturers of the time by quickly establishing partner programs for second-tier vendors, despite their past dealings with mainly larger companies. Lacy is hailed as the one who led Ingram Micro's massive growth in revenue, from a $100 million company to $12 billion by 1996.

Today: Shortly after his promotion to co-chairman and CEO of Ingram Micro in 1995, Lacy was let go in May 1996 due to a clash of ideals with the Ingram family during the company's transition from the private to public sectors. Lacy went on to become president and CEO of Micro Warehouse from late 1996 to 1997, and went on to serve on the board of Ingram Industries – parent company to Ingram Micro. In 2004, Lacy became chairman of the online data storage backup vendor EVault, which he helped to fund three years earlier, and in 2008 he joined the board of RFID tag company Confidex.