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Synnex’s Michael Urban: 5 Bold Statements On The Synnex-Tech Data Merger

Joseph F. Kovar

Michael Urban, president of worldwide technology solutions distribution at Synnex, talks with CRN about the merger of the distribution giant with behemoth Tech Data and its impact on competition, the programs, and the people on both sides.

Staying Calm About Distribution’s Biggest Merger

Concerns about changes in the competitive environment and about impacts to specific market segments are likely overblown, according to Michael Urban, president of worldwide technology solutions distribution at Synnex.

Urban, a former Tech Data executive who joined Synnex over two years ago, this week talked with CRN about the historic merger between Synnex and Tech Data, which will create the world’s largest IT distributor with an annual revenue of $57 billion and 22,000 employees, and said there will still be plenty of competition not only from the soon-to-be-second-largest distributor Ingram Micro, but from a host of smaller distributors worldwide.

While Urban declined to explicitly say that Synnex is better at some program or process, he did hint that when combining the best of the two companies there are a couple places where Tech Data’s staff, none of whom are slated to be laid off, will benefit from what Synnex has built. And vice-versa.

For a quick look at some of the changes to expect, and what not to expect, click through the slideshow.

 
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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