SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world's largest technology distributor and supply-chain services provider, today announced the promotion of Alain Monie to chief executive officer, effective tomorrow. Monie, who will also retain his current title of president, succeeds Gregory M. Spierkel, who will remain at the company until April 15, 2012, to assist in the management transition.
Monie, 61, is currently the company's president and chief operating officer. He joined Ingram Micro as executive vice president in January 2003 and was appointed president of the Asia-Pacific region a year later. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer of the corporation in August 2007 and resigned three years later to become chief executive officer of APRIL Management Pte., a multi-national industrial company based in Asia. On Nov. 1, 2011, Monie returned to Ingram Micro in his current role, re-assuming his prior responsibilities. Before Ingram Micro, Monie was the head of Latin American operations at Honeywell International and Asia-Pacific operations at Allied Signal Inc., where he led the company's expansion into China and India. Monie has been a member of the board of directors of Amazon.com, Inc. since November 2008, and was recently elected to the board of Ingram Micro in November 2011.
"Ingram Micro has a solid strategy with a strong management team," said Monie. "We will continue to execute this strategy. I look forward to leading the team toward delivering on our key initiatives, while providing best-in-class performance for our customers, vendors and shareholders."
Spierkel added: "I'm confident the company is in capable and experienced hands. After serving as CEO for more than six years, it's the right time to leave and spend more time with my family." Spierkel joined Ingram Micro in 1997, serving as president of the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions before his promotions to corporate president in March 2004 and CEO in June 2005.
Dale Laurance, chairman of the board, added: "Greg has ably steered the company through periods of both growth and challenge, and the board thanks him for his dedicated service. We are confident that Alain is uniquely positioned to guide the company. He is an outstanding and worldly leader, fluent in three languages with first-hand global business experience. He has proven to be a strong executive with good strategic thinking."
The company also said that it expects its non-GAAP earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, to exceed the average of analysts' estimates of 55 cents in earnings per share, as reported by Thomson Reuters. "We finished the year with solid overall operating results, with revenue in-line with our expectations and profitability benefiting from favorable margins on hard disk drives driven by the global supply shortage," Monie said. The quarter's results are scheduled to be released on Feb. 9, 2012, and are subject to closing and audit procedures.
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Ingram Micro has instituted in the past and continues to institute changes to its strategies, operations and processes to address these risk factors and to mitigate their impact on Ingram Micro's results of operations and financial condition. However, no assurances can be given that Ingram Micro will be successful in these efforts. For a further discussion of significant factors to consider in connection with forward-looking statements concerning Ingram Micro, reference is made to Item 1A Risk Factors of Ingram Micro's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Jan. 1, 2011; other risks or uncertainties may be detailed from time to time in Ingram Micro's future SEC filings.
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