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Ingram Micro’s Kirk Robinson On Tech Data-Synnex Merger: ‘Game On’

Joseph F. Kovar

‘We think we’re well-positioned. And we’re going to continue to deliver in the second half of the year. The pipeline that we’re hearing from our partners, even though there’s a global supply chain issue, there’s still so much opportunity,’ Kirk Robinson, Ingram Micro’s chief country executive for the U.S., tells CRN.

Now that Platinum Equity owns Ingram Micro, what are some new areas of investment planned for your U.S. business?

I don’t think it’s new. We’ve set a strategy for 2021 that we’ve been executing against. Platinum knows that strategy. They’ve gotten to know it very well. They agree with that strategy. So I wouldn’t say it’s new. It’s just the opportunity to work under Platinum, and go pour fuel on that. So you’ll see us continue to look to invest in the advanced solutions, technologies, services, professional services, public sector, security. So it’s not that it’s new. We’re just excited to have a parent that’s looking to help us advance in those areas.

What does it mean for Ingram Micro's U.S. channels that it is now owned by Platinum Equity and not HNA?

We’re super-excited. We had a great tenure under HNA, and now to be owned by Platinum, which has a great reputation and is U.S.-based, we’ve been spending a lot of time with them and think they’ll be a great owner. We’re excited about the opportunity to continue to deliver that value that we bring to our partners under Platinum.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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