2021: Despec Nordic continues to operate a strict wholesale business model, focusing only on re-sellers in the Nordic region. Despite being acquired by Germany-based IT distributor Systeam in 2018, the Danish company operates autonomously under the leadership of its CEO Michael Voll.
His strategy of concentrating solely on Scandinavian countries appears to be paying dividends. The business has achieved recent sales growth, despite operating in a difficult COVID-disrupted market. Parent organisation Systeam saw overall revenues rise by around 10% in 2020, reporting that about a third of this growth was accounted for by the performance of Despec Nordic and its companies based in Austria and Switzerland.
2019: Michael Voll is CEO of Denmark-based IT and OP wholesaler Despec Nordic, a company which has a comprehensive reach throughout all the Nordic countries. Today, Despec has over 170 employees located in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.
Since being acquired by Germany-based IT distributor Systeam in 2018, the company has continued to operate autonomously, with a focus on five major product categories: IT consumables and paper, IT accessories, ergonomics products, printers and office machines, and general OP.
Voll has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. He said of Despec Nordic: “It’s my third adult child. It inspires me, makes me proud and constantly challenges me.”
2018: Michael Voll is CEO of Denmark-based IT and OP wholesaler Despec Nordic which was bought by Germany-based IT distributor Systeam in June this year.
As a result of the acquisition, Systeam – which also operates in Austria and Switzerland – has expanded its sales territory into Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Voll remains in his position at Despec running the Nordics operations, which will continue to operate autonomously. He says that as far as existing relationships are concerned, there will be no changes for partners of either Despec or Systeam: “We will continue business the way we do now, but of course we expect to benefit and learn from our new colleagues in Germany.”
2017: Michael Voll is CEO of Denmark-based IT and OP wholesaler Despec Nordic.
A supplies specialist and entrepreneur, he heads up the group from its base in Lynge, just north of the capital Copenhagen.
Voll has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and has been with Despec since its inception in 1992. In 2006, he also became a major shareholder, following a management buyout. The company now has around 170 employees in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.
Despec focuses on five major product categories: IT supplies and paper; IT accessories; ergonomics; printers and office machines; and office supplies. The OP segment only dates back to 2013 and was strengthened by the acquisition of Swedish OP wholesaler Büngers in 2015. It is now one of the company’s core growth areas.
Despec maintains its strict business model, concentrating solely on distribution to dealers in the Nordic region.
At the start of this year, the wholesaler launched Prisume, an online reseller platform for the printing market.
At the time, Voll said the group had wanted to build a multi-vendor solution to serve second tier resellers. Prisume enables traditional transaction-based print and supplies dealers to offer an automated service model for their end-customers.