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TD Synnex CEO Rich Hume On Varnex And Tech Select Communities, Future Acquisitions And The Supply Chain

Joseph F. Kovar

‘The [supply chain] backlog represents current needs and now there’s an emerging part of that backlog, which is future orders that are also part of that overall model. Our crystal ball would say that hopefully we’ll be beyond the peak by the middle of the year, and then really start to see progress being made and working it off in the back half of the year, says TD Synnex CEO Rich Hume.

Planning For The Future 

For a company in the middle of integrating two large distributors into the world‘s largest IT distributor, TD Synnex is making significant progress. TD Synnex Tuesday reported its first financial report since the historic merger between Tech Data and Synnex in September. For its fourth fiscal quarter 2021, which ended Nov. 30, TD Synnex reported revenue of $15.6 billion, which was down 2 percent when adjusted for the impact of the merger, along with adjusted free cash flow from continuing operations of $520.2 million. For the year, TD Synnex reported combined non-GAAP revenue of $60.6 billion, up 8.3 percent over the total revenue legacy Tech Data and Synnex reported for the year before.

TD Synnex CEO Rich Hume, in an exclusive discussion with CRN, said the integration of the two legacy distributors into the new TD Synnex is proceeding ahead of schedule as employees are already clear about their roles, credit for channel partners is being expanded, and the transition to a single ERP system is moving quickly. Plans are in place for further acquisitions as well, he said.

Not everything is going smoothly however, as, Hume said supply chain issues are growing, but not just because of a backlog of unfilled orders.

“I think that backlog represents current demand, but the world is sort of recognizing now that lead times are elongated,” he said. “So I would also suggest that within that backlog, we see future order needs based on our customers anticipating lead times. In other words, if they believe that a product is four months out, they‘re going to post the order up now in order to have a chance of getting it in that four-month time frame.”

Hume also talked about uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and the government response, but said TD Synnex is not concerned about any geopolitical issues, including the rising tension between the U.S. and China.

Here is what Hume had to say about a range of issues.

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

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