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Dell’s Jim DeFoe On Retirement, Michael Dell And Advice To Partners

‘The commitment that [CEO] Michael [Dell] has and the passion that Michael has is pretty amazing,’ says Jim DeFoe, senior vice president of Global Distribution for Dell.

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When is your last official day at Dell and do you plan on working again in the future?

April 4 is my final day. I plan to spend more time in Colorado, where we live part-time, and spend more time playing golf and hiking. We’ll still have a place here in Austin, it’s very dear to us and we have family here.

I have no plans to really do anything. People ask me, ‘Are you going to go back to work?’ Who knows? Maybe someday I decide to do that. But I can tell you, if I did decide to do that, it would be something that is complimentary to Dell Technologies. After 23 years, this company has been fantastic to me. I appreciate my time here and the opportunity that was provided to me. Anything I do would be complimentary to Dell Technologies.

Any parting message to all the channel partners and distributors you’ve worked with over the years?

Thank you for the commitment and investment and trust you made into us when we started the program. I believe we’ve continued working together to develop that program. They’ve provided some tremendous input over the years in how we can continue to enhance the program. But I think overall that trust and relationship they had with us to take the step with Dell and we entered the channel business and their commitment to us, I want to say thank you to them.

A personal goal of mine was to see if I could retire by 60. I just turned 60. I’m pleased and proud of my tenure at Dell and hope nothing but the best for our partners, distributors and Dell.


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