TD SYNNEX appoints COO

In what is quite possibly part of its CEO succession plan, tech distribution giant TD SYNNEX has appointed a COO.

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In what is quite possibly part of its CEO succession plan, tech distribution giant TD SYNNEX has appointed a COO.

Taking on this newly created role from 1 January is Patrick Zammit, currently in charge of the company’s operations in Europe and Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ). With this organisational structure change, regional presidents in the Americas, APJ and Europe will now report into Zammit, along with the corporate functions responsible for global strategy and IT.

The Frenchman has been with the distributor since 2017, leading the European region after Tech Data’s acquisition of Avnet, and taking over responsibilities for the APJ region in 2021. Prior to joining Tech Data, he served in a variety of management roles at Avnet, beginning in 1993. Before that, he was a Senior Consultant at Arthur Andersen from 1989 to 1993.

Along with Zammit’s appointment comes the news that the current President of TD SYNNEX Americas, Michael Urban, has decided to leave the company, although he will stick around until 1 March next year.

The creation of the COO role appears to mirror what happened at Tech Data when Rich Hume was named COO in 2016 before becoming CEO two years later. Hume – now CEO of the combined TD SYNNEX business – hinted to CRN that a similar succession plan could now be in place.

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