Tech Data Corporation has announced the appointment of David Watts to the position of managing director UK and Ireland. Watts will assume full responsibility for Tech Data’s operations in the UK and Ireland.
Watts joined Tech Data in 2007 and has worked in numerous senior roles. He was appointed deputy managing director in February 2016, having held the post of commercial director for almost five years.
Commenting on his appointment, David Watts stated: “I’m looking forward to working with our leadership team and the amazing people in Tech Data UK & Ireland to continue growing our business by delighting our customers and vendor partners. You will see us being a better partner to our customers and innovating to address the needs of a fast-changing market. Success will be demonstrated by improving Tech Data’s position as the go-to distributor and trusted advisor to the channel.”
Andy Gass, senior vice president, UK & Ireland and Digital, Europe said: “David has been a core part of the team that has driven strong growth in revenues and profitability over the last few years. Following the integration of Avnet Technology Solutions, we are ready to launch the next phase of our growth strategy. The combination of David driving our business operations, together with me focusing on the strategic development and the digitalisation of our business model and go-to-market strategy, will ensure that we meet the needs of and innovate with our vendor and reseller partners.”
In November 2017, Gass took on the role of Senior Vice President, UK & Ireland and Digital, Europe, with a remit to drive the development and execution of the Tech Data’s digitalisation strategy in Europe, as well as contributing to the strategic development of the UK & Ireland business.
Gass joined Tech Data in 1993 and his previous roles include that of Senior Vice President, Azlan, and Regional Senior Vice President for Western Europe. He has led a succession of important initiatives, helping to formulate the long-term strategy for Tech Data’s UK and European operations. He has also been instrumental in the successful completion of several acquisitions over the past decade.