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Synnex’s Michael Urban: Synnex-Tech Data Merger Only Good, Even For Competitors

Michael Urban, president of worldwide technology solutions distribution at Synnex, tells CRN in an interview that any worries about the impact of the merger on competition or the SMB market are unfounded, and that the combined company ’will be fair competitors.’

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’We Will Be Fair Competitors’

When two of the largest companies in any industry merge to become the largest, concerns about how that might impact competition and what will happen to the employees are natural.

However, Michael Urban, president of worldwide technology solutions distribution at Synnex, is trying to quell those concerns as Synnex and Tech Data move to merge and overtake long-time industry leader and archrival Ingram Micro as the largest IT distributor on the planet.

“The market is getting bigger. There’s more potential, and everybody will find their space. And that’s good… We will be big competitors in the market,” he said, when asked about competition from another rival, D&H. “But we will be fair competitors.”

Urban probably knows both Tech Data and Synnex better than just about anyone. He joined Synnex a bit more than two years ago after a six-plus-year stay at Tech Data where he left as corporate senior vice president of strategy, transformation, and global vendor management. That, combined with the fact that he was part of a relatively small group of people who planned the merger, gives him an insight that few have into the programs, processes, and people of both companies and what the combined company might look like.

That said, given that the acquisition was just announced and that the two companies will operated independently until (and if) it closes, Urban was very careful to not discuss changes that could happen as the two become one.

In the following slideshow, Urban offers insights on the impact the merger might have on the industry.

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