30 Notable IT Executive Moves: January 2018

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Kevin Murai

The longtime president and CEO of Synnex is stepping down from his post to become the distributor's chairman of the board. Taking over for Murai is Dennis Polk, who currently serves as Synnex's chief operating officer.

Murai presided over significant changes at Synnex and in the distribution business during his decade with the company. He notably spearheaded Synnex's $830 million acquisition of Westcon Americas, which added about $10 billion to Synnex's total addressable market.

"It's a little bit bittersweet, right? It really hits home once it gets announced," Murai said in an interview with CRN. "It's been very endearing just in terms of all the messages that come in. I'll miss it a lot. But at the same time, I am certainly looking forward my new role as chairman of the board. But I need more time with my wife and my kids."

Polk started with Synnex in early 2002 as senior vice president of corporate finance, and later that year became the distributor's chief financial officer. He became the chief operating officer in 2006. He has been on Synnex's board of directors since 2012.

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