Channel Icon Vitagliano Steps Aside At Computex

Frank Vitagliano, the channel icon who has led the managed services and security sales charge at Computex Technology Solutions, is stepping aside as president and CEO of the Solution Provider 500 powerhouse.

"I feel like I have accomplished what I have been asked to do and it is time to turn the reins over to an experienced management team," said Vitagliano, an IT Industry Hall of Fame inductee who took the helm of the national solution provider 15 months ago. "I am confident they will do just fine going forward. I really appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to work with and lead the Computex team."

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In an internal memo, Computex Executive Chairman Sam Haffar said the board has promoted CFO John Schilsky, a six year Computex veteran, to president and CEO, effective Monday.

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Haffar said the company appreciated Vitagliano's contributions to help the company capitalize on its strong position in the industry and wished him "continued success in future endeavors."

Vitagliano said he is going to take several months off and then consider what he is going to do next. "The industry and the opportunities are as significant as I have ever seen them. The channel is a great place to be," he said. "I have been in the channel for a long time and really enjoy it. If I choose to do something else, it will clearly be in the channel ecosystem."

In the internal memo, Haffar said Schilsky has been "an integral part of building the Computex platform, demonstrating passion, dedication and a commitment to excellence. These traits along with his strong financial and operational background make him an ideal choice to lead the company forward."

Haffar also disclosed a number of other promotions in the memo. He said Senior Vice President Paul Clem has been promoted to executive vice president of sales; Vice President Faisal Bhutto to executive vice president of Enterprise Networking, Cloud & Cybersecurity and CTO Worth Davis to executive vice president and CTO. He said those three executives will "serve as the senior management team working closely" with Schilsky.

"The board is excited about the next phase of the Company’s growth under the new leadership," said Haffar. "The focus of the company will continue to be providing leading-edge IT solutions. The CEO and the senior management team will emphasize our core strengths, act with precision and ensure all decisions are made to advance our profitable growth. They will continue to embrace the company’s culture and core values of delighting our customers, creating a fun and creative workplace for our employees and providing value back to our shareholders."

Houston-based Computex, No. 120 on the CRN SP500, is one of the premier holdings of Navigation Capital Partners, an Atlanta-based private equity firm.