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Three Questions For Incoming Tech Data CEO Rich Hume

Incoming Tech Data CEO Rich Hume spoke with CRN about the key challenges he sees in the IT industry going forward and the "hugely important" Avnet acquisition.

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Hume On The Record

Rich Hume, a 35-year channel veteran who takes the CEO post at distribution behemoth Tech Data effective June 6, spoke with CRN about the challenges ahead and the Avnet acquisition.

Hume is taking the reins from current CEO Bob Dutkowsky, who has been at the helm of the distributor for the last 12 years and will now move into a role as executive chairman.

Dutkowsky engineered Tech Data's blockbuster $2.6 billion acquisition last year of value-added distributor Avnet which created for the first time ever a distributor with the best of both the value-added and volume distribution models.

Solution providers said Hume -- who joined Tech Data two years ago as COO after an impressive 33-year career at IBM -- is the right executive to lead Tech Data into the future as partners come to grips with new recurring revenue models.

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