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Business Observer Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019 3 weeks ago

Tech industry organization names successor to longtime CEO

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Frank Vitagliano takes the reins of the Tampa-based Global Technology Distribution Council.

TAMPA — The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), an international consortium of technology distributors, named Frank Vitagliano CEO.

According to a press release, Vitagliano becomes the Tampa-based organization’s third CEO since its founding in 1998, succeeding Tim Curran, who retired after 16 years in the position.

“Frank is an ideal choice for this dynamic industry role,” states Alain Monié, GTDC chairman and CEO of global distributor Ingram Micro Inc., in the release. “He brings a wealth of related experience from the entire ecosystem, including partnering with top technology distributors, OEMs and solution providers. I’m confident Frank will excel as an extraordinary advocate of progressive partnerships in this era of unprecedented innovation and demand for high-caliber supply-chain relationships across the world.”

Vitagliano, the release states, boasts more than 30 years of experience in the tech sector and has held senior executive positions with IBM, Juniper Networks and Dell. He comes to GTDC from Computex, a Houston-based company — with an office in St. Petersburg — that specializes in data centers, enterprise infrastructure, cybersecurity, cloud and managed services.  

“I’m honored to join the GTDC,” Vitagliano said. “Direct sales were once a relentless focus for many companies, but distributors have done a tremendous job proving that their models not only work but thrive in serving solution providers in all markets and industries — from small and mid-size businesses to large enterprises. The channel’s best years are not behind us. They are here now and ahead. The future looks incredibly bright for distributors.”

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