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Sammy Kinlaw Named Tech Data SVP


Tech Data has hired Lexmark, Lenovo and IBM channel veteran Sammy Kinlaw as senior vice president of endpoint solutions for the distributor's Americas region.

Kinlaw is known for his proven partner loyalty, and for finding channel programs that align partner-friendly financing models with hardware.

The high-profile hire comes three months after private equity firm Apollo Global Management acquired Tech Data.

In a prepared statement about the hire, John O’Shea, president, Americas, Tech Data said:

“Sammy’s experience and depth of knowledge across a host of technologies and vendors as well as his deep understanding of the channel make him a perfect fit for Tech Data,. We are pleased to welcome him to the company and look forward to the impact he will have on our business in service to our channel partners.”

Added Kinlaw:

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tech Data throughout my career as a vendor, and I’m thrilled to now join the company at a pivotal time in its transformation. I look forward to bringing my experience from the vendor side to help Tech Data better serve all its stakeholders.”

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.