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Ingram Micro splits CEO and chairman roles

'Best practice'

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Kent Foster, Ingram Micro’s chairman and CEO, is retiring as CEO of the distie giant. But he is staying on to supervise the show as non-exec chairman. Separation of chairman and CEO roles is standard corporate governance practice in Europe, but not yet in America, where many bosses have three hats – chairman CEO and president.

Ingram has recruited in-house for its new CEO, with president Gregory Spierkel (48), who runs European ops, stepping up to the plate. Kevin Murai (41), a fellow president, now gets to be called chief operating officer too. Both men will join the board, following election at the company’s AGM on 1 June.

Spierkel gives an account of himself and goals in a interview with CRN here

Foster's valedictory statement is parked here. ®

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