Photo Release -- Tech Data Appoints Gregory S. Banning to Vice President, SMB Sales and General Manager, Costa Rica Operations

Clearwater, Florida, UNITED STATES

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) today announced that it has appointed Gregory S. Banning to Vice President, SMB Sales and General Manager, Costa Rica Operations. In this role, Banning is responsible for overseeing the development and deployment of Tech Data's small- to medium-sized business (SMB) sales strategy, while leading its dedicated 150-person SMB sales force. In addition to his SMB executive role, Banning has functional responsibility for the management of Tech Data's 250-person operations center in Costa Rica.

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"We are pleased to have Greg leading our SMB sales force and Costa Rica operations center," said Pete Peterson, Senior Vice President of U.S. Sales at Tech Data. "With a diverse background both within and outside the technology industry, Greg offers a fresh perspective to this position through his proven track record of success. He is a dynamic leader with outstanding sales and leadership capabilities, as well as a driving force in pushing his team to deliver results."

Banning recently rejoined Tech Data after serving in various sales executive management roles with HNI Corporation (NYSE:HNI). Most recently, he served as Vice President, Education Sales for The HON Company, a leading provider of workplace solutions and HNI's largest operating company. Banning was previously with Tech Data from 1991 to 2000, holding multiple sales management positions and progressing to Director of Client Services. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from Eckerd College.

"I was excited at the opportunity to return to Tech Data and look forward to working with the SMB sales team to maximize our customers' experience in the channel," said Banning. "We have a solid, diverse team in place, both in the U.S. and Costa Rica, and I look forward to accelerating continued profitable growth."

About Tech Data

Tech Data Corporation is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 125,000 resellers in more than 100 countries to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users. Tech Data generated $24.4 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011, and is ranked 109th on the Fortune 500®. To learn more, visit

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Gregory S. Banning