– Bruce Thomlinson to Focus on Driving Global Strategic Initiatives for Ingram Micro Worldwide as Senior Vice President
SANTA ANA, Calif., July 31, 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 Felix Wong, 46, a 20-year veteran of the mobile telecommunications and technology industries, and a former executive of BrightPoint for 12 years, has been promoted to president of Ingram Micro Mobility Asia Pacific, effective Aug. 1, 2013. Wong, who is currently vice president and managing director of South East Asia for Ingram Micro Mobility, will continue to be based in Singapore and will report to Shailendra Gupta, who assumes the newly created role heading the company’s global mobility operations as senior executive vice president and president, Mobility, on Aug. 1, 2013, as announced by the company last month.
Wong brings significant experience and knowledge in telecommunications technologies and markets to his new position and has established excellent, long-term relationships with carriers, OEMs, resellers and major retailers. Wong will replace Bruce Thomlinson, current president of Ingram Micro Mobility Asia Pacific. Thomlinson will continue with Ingram Micro as senior vice president, focusing on strategic initiatives to further the company’s growth in higher value businesses, including driving additional opportunities for the company’s mobility businesses in the Asia Pacific region. Upon assuming his new role, Thomlinson will report to Alain Monie, Ingram Micro president and CEO. He will initially work closely with Wong and Gupta to help ensure continuity and a seamless transition.
“We are fortunate to have a highly talented group of executives ready and willing to take on new responsibilities,” commented Monie. “Felix and Bruce are highly respected executives and each is recognized as an expert in the mobility and IT industries. They both bring an excellent blend of innovation and established best practices to their respective new positions and I am confident they will excel in their new roles and help Ingram Micro continue to drive solid growth, improving profitability and higher returns across our business.”
Wong has held roles of increasing responsibility with Brightpoint Inc., which was acquired by Ingram Micro in October 2012, and has been successful in driving strategy and growth initiatives for the mobility distribution and device lifecycle services businesses for the Asia Pacific region. He joined the company in 2001 when Advanced Portable Technologies — the business he founded in 1992 and grew to $25 million in annual revenues — was acquired by BrightPoint. He has been successful in driving mobility distribution and device lifecycle services strategy and growth for the Asia Pacific region. He attended the University of New South Wales (UNSW), receiving bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering (with honors) and computer science. Wong was also awarded a graduate diploma from the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW and a post graduate degree in applied finance from Securities Institute of Australia.
Thomlinson has been with Ingram Micro Mobility for more than 25 years, which includes seven years at HatadiCorp, a wholesale electronics and network service provision company he owned and led prior to its acquisition by BrightPoint in 1996. He rapidly progressed within the company to senior executive roles, including managing director Australia, president Asia Pacific and president International Operations, and has been integral in helping to drive growth and profitability across the company’s mobility businesses throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific.
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Ingram Micro is the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions. As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics and mobile solutions, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving approximately 160 countries on six continents with the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.