Photo Release -- Tech Data's Dutkowsky Named One of 2012's Top 100 Channel Executives by CRN

CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) today announced that Robert M. ("Bob") Dutkowsky, the company's chief executive officer, has been named one of CRN's Top 100 Executives in the IT Channel for 2012. This annual list salutes the most influential and innovative channel executives in North America.

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Winners were chosen based on nominations from solution providers and ranked executives based on channel influence, effectiveness and visibility, along with business and sales impact. Among the criteria were channel sales volume, channel investment and resources, channel advocacy and visibility, and performance in UBM Channel research projects (including the Annual Report Card and Channel Champions). A panel of UBM Channel editors made the final selections.

"I'm honored to be included by CRN among the top executives in the channel," said Dutkowsky. "However, individuals are only as good as the team around them. I'm fortunate to work with one of the most talented executive teams in distribution, as well as some of the most focused and dedicated people in the channel at Tech Data. This honor is a reflection of our collective efforts and our continued focus on the success of our reseller customers, vendor partners, shareholders and each other."

Dutkowsky, named Tech Data's Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors in October 2006, has guided the company to continued profitable growth to its current position of No. 109 on the FORTUNE® 500. Over the past six years, he has led the company's three-tenet strategy of execution, diversification and innovation, successfully navigating Tech Data through challenging global economic climates, into new geographies and into new markets, including the data center and mobility.

"We're recognizing this year's Top 100 Executives for their commitment to the channel," said Kelley Damore, vice president and editorial director for UBM Channel. "For 2012, our goal was to once again shine a spotlight on the most influential executives in the industry today. But we also wanted to pay homage to the channel advocates, sales and services leaders, innovators and disrupters. We salute all these leaders for their devotion to the technology channel and their willingness to adopt new strategies and policies in order to drive greater sales for partners, while positioning their own company for future growth."

Expanded coverage of the 2012 Top 100 Executives will be featured in the November issue of CRN Magazine and online at

About Tech Data

Tech Data Corporation is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. 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 $26.5 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012, and is ranked 109th on the Fortune 500®. To learn more, visit

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About UBM Channel

UBM Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. UBM Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about UBM Channel, visit us at

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