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Distribution veteran French joins Computer 2000

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Azlan is to make Ian French its latest high profile UK appointment with the channel veteran joining the firm immediately as strategic development director.

At the same time, Andy Sheppard who ran the Basingstoke-based networking distributor for the past three years has decided to leave and pursue interests outside of the company.

In a note sent to staff, Andy Gass, managing director at Azlan parent Computer 2000, said he was "sad" to see Sheppard exit the business but added that he had "an excellent foundation on which to build on".

French, who has worked as a channel consultant since leaving Bell Microproducts as EMEA president in spring 2004, has been advising C2000 on building its enterprise business for some months.

Gass confirmed in the memo to staff that French would start with immediate effect and "brings a depth of experience, especially in enterprise range computing that will enhance our organisation and underpin the next stage of our investment in Azlan."

As revealed late last year, Azlan has already recruited Avnet EMEA storage boss Mark Walker to head up its server and storage team from February, as part of plans to build out its data centre operation. He also once ran Bell's storage unit.

Meanwhile, broadline rival Ingram Micro acquired CCD last year to spearhead its assault on the enterprise distribution market and plans to use its significant cash reserves to fund additional purchases in Europe.

John Castle, who worked in enterprise roles at HP for more than a decade joined Ingram in January as business development manager to bolster the former CCD business unit.


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