Ingram Micro Names 25-Year Mobility Veteran Jac Currie President of European Mobility Group
SANTA ANA, Calif., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world's largest technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions, today announced that Jac Currie, 48, a 25-year veteran of the telecommunication and mobility industry and a former executive of BrightPoint for 14 years, has been appointed president of Ingram Micro Europe Mobility, effective Feb. 18, 2013. He will report to Shailendra Gupta, global head of Ingram Micro's Mobility business and senior executive vice president and president, Ingram Micro Asia Pacific.
Currie will replace Anurag Gupta, current president of Ingram Micro Europe Mobility, who has resigned to pursue personal interests. Gupta will work with Currie through his departure on March 31, 2013, to help ensure continuity and a seamless transition.
"Jac is a well-respected executive in the mobility industry, and his extensive industry experience in the mobile sector, business development and strategy suits him ideally for this role," said Shailendra Gupta. "He has significant industry experience and is intimately familiar with the mobility and telecommunications partners, vendors and customers around the globe. During his time with BrightPoint, Jac was a driving force behind establishing and growing the company's businesses in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also has considerable experience with the European operations and, as such, is positioned to quickly reestablish with that team. I am confident he will immediately benefit this highly important European region and build on Anurag's good work, driving additional profitable growth throughout the region."
"I'm excited about joining Ingram Micro Mobility and returning to the industry," commented Currie. "We have an excellent business in Europe and significant opportunity to drive meaningful cost and revenue synergies under the recent combination of Ingram Micro and BrightPoint. I look forward to getting to work and I am confident that our team can increase our contribution to the performance of the overall group."
"We appreciate Anurag's service over the past 10 years," Gupta added. "He did a good job reorganizing the European team and initiating the move into logistics, providing benefits we expect to continue to reap for many years to come."
Currie was most recently executive vice president and chief information officer of BrightPoint, where he was responsible for the development and execution of the global information technology strategy from 2006 until May 2012, when he decided to leave the company to relocate his family to the U.K. From 2006 to 2007, he served as president of emerging markets for BrightPoint, during which time he expanded the company's presence in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South East Asia helping to drive revenues in the region. Currie was also instrumental in the acquisition and subsequent integration of Dangaard Telecom AS, a former competitor. Currie joined BrightPoint in 1998 as regional managing director of the Middle East business, responsible for expansion into Southeast Asia. In 2002, he oversaw a management buy-out of BrightPoint's operations across the Middle East and Africa and entered into a joint venture with BrightPoint to establish BrightPoint India.
Prior to his tenure with BrightPoint, Currie served in roles with Islacom Philippines, Spectrum Communications in East Africa and Millicom International Cellular.
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