Leadership team

Our Executive Leadership Team

Peter Larocque
President, North American Technology Solutions

Peter Larocque is President, North American Technology Solutions and has served in this capacity since November 2013, having previously served as President of U.S. Distribution since July 2006, Executive Vice President of Distribution since June 2001, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing from September 1997 until June 2001. Mr. Larocque is responsible for SYNNEX’ North American distribution business. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Steve Jow
Senior Vice President, Sales

Steve Jow currently serves as Senior Vice President of Sales and is responsible for distribution sales in the United States. Previously, Mr. Jow served as Vice President of Western U.S. Distribution Sales. Prior to his promotion to Vice President, Mr. Jow served as Associate Vice President of Distribution since September 1999. He has held various sales and management positions within the company, with a major emphasis on managing large format direct marketers, retailers, and outbound VARs. Mr. Jow joined SYNNEX in 1990. Prior to joining SYNNEX, he was in charge of purchasing and assets for a financial VAR in San Francisco, CA. He has a total of 28 years of experience in the computer industry. Mr. Jow attended San Francisco State University.

Stephen Ichinaga
President, Hyve Solutions

Stephen Ichinaga is President of Hyve Solutions. He joined SYNNEX in 1984 and has held a variety of sales and Product Management positions within the company. In October, 1999, Mr. Ichinaga was promoted to Vice President of Business Development, focusing on manufacturing and outsourcing relationships; in 2001, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Systems Integration focusing on our System Builder and OEM customer segment. In 2006, Mr. Ichinaga was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager, System. Mr. Ichinaga manages the Product Management, Marketing, Sales, and Design and Integration departments for this division. Mr. Ichinaga received a B.S. in Managerial Economics from the University of California – Davis.

Eric Kirkendall
Senior Vice President of Sales, New Age Electronics

Eric Kirkendall was hired by New Age Electronics in 2001 as a senior account manager and has built a successful career through solid performance and leadership, helping to drive sales for the Company. Mr. Kirkendall earned a director’s position in 2006, and in 2008 he was promoted to Vice President. When SYNNEX acquired New Age Electronics in 2008, he was tapped to lead sales integration for the two businesses. Since the acquisition, Mr. Kirkendall has provided outstanding leadership, helping to oversee double-digit growth at New Age Electronics, and was most recently promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Sales for New Age. Mr. Kirkendall holds a bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Akron.

Mitchell Martin
President, SYNNEX Canada Limited

Mitchell Martin was appointed President, SYNNEX Canada Limited, in March 2009, with full P&L responsibility for the Canadian business. Prior to this, Mr. Martin served as President, Broadline Division for SYNNEX Canada. He joined Merisel Canada’s Products department in 1989 where he was instrumental in moving many of the industry’s largest suppliers to a two-tiered distribution system. In 1999, Mr. Martin became the Senior Vice President of Product and Inventory Management for Merisel Americas based in El Segundo, CA. In 2000, he returned to Canada as President, Merisel Canada. Mitchell graduated from York University in Toronto with a Master in Business Administration, with emphasis in the areas of product marketing and product management.

Debra LaTourette
Senior Vice President, Human Resources North America

Debra LaTourette, who currently serves as SYNNEX Corporation’s Senior Vice President, Human Resources North America, began her career with SYNNEX in July of 2004 when she joined as Vice President, Human Resources. She was promoted to Senior Vice President, Human Resources North America in December 2011. Prior to SYNNEX, she held a number of human resource management positions and, during her tenure as Vice President of Human Resources of Sears, she successfully merged the Sears Hardware and Orchard Supply Hardware HR organizations, creating a single, 12,000-employee division of Sears. In addition to more than 30 years of HR management experience, Ms. LaTourette also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California.

T.J. Trojan
President and Chief Executive Officer,
SYNNEX Infotec Corporation

T.J. Trojan serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of SYNNEX Infotec Corporation (Infotec Japan). Previously, Mr. Trojan served as Senior Vice President, Product Management since joining the Company in 2007. With over 25 years of industry experience, Mr. Trojan is a seasoned executive with experience leading sales, customer service, product development, and marketing organizations. During his tenure at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc. and other NEC-affiliated companies, he held many positions ranging from Account Manager to, most recently, the President of NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

Otavio Lazarini Barbosa
Executive Vice President, Latin America, Westcon-Comstor Americas

Otavio Lazarini Barbosa currently serves as Executive Vice President, Latin America, Westcon-Comstor Americas and is responsible for the development and execution of both business strategy and P&L functions across the region. A channel industry leader for 25 years, he previously served as General Manager, Westcon-Comstor, Brazil. During this tenure, he significantly drove high-margin growth and solidified the company’s foothold in the region. Coming from Brazilian distributor TelSist Informatica, Otavio helped position that company for acquisition. Otavio has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and an M.S. in Business Administration from Purdue University.

Fred Towns
President, New Age Electronics

Fred Towns is currently President, New Age Electronics. He joined SYNNEX in March 2008, after having served as Senior Vice President of New Age Electronics, Inc. before its acquisition by SYNNEX Corporation. With an extensive background in consumer technology including digital photography, home theater, and digital convergence, Mr. Towns was instrumental in expanding distribution partnerships with Kodak and Panasonic and signing additional contracts with such vendors such as Sharp and Samsung. He was responsible for sales, marketing, and operations supporting distribution, logistics, and product recovery. In addition, Mr. Towns was responsible for web-based training tools and e-commerce initiatives to better support vendors and retailers within the consumer technology channel. Prior to joining New Age, Mr. Towns was a senior vice president at Panasonic, where he progressed through the company in a series of senior management positions. Mr. Towns has creatively designed and implemented new channel strategies, including executing dealer agreements polices, converting small, direct dealers to distribution partners and creating on-line programs for internal and external training.

Gary Palenbaum
Senior Vice President, Product Management

Gary Palenbaum currently serves as SYNNEX Corporation’s Senior Vice President, Product Management. He joined SYNNEX in 1999 and has held numerous executive positions during his tenure. In 2007, Mr. Palenbaum was promoted to Senior Vice President of Consumer Electronics. In 2016, he shifted responsibility to several product categories including Client Mobility, Power & Accessories, Visual Products and Print. He is primarily responsible for cultivating and increasing SYNNEX’ growing presence within each of these categories. With approximately 27 years of management experience and a comprehensive IT knowledge base, Mr. Palenbaum is ideally suited for this role.

Scott Barke
Senior Vice President, SYNNEX PRINTSolv Wide Format

Scott Barker has held the position of Senior Vice President, SYNNEX PRINTSolv Wide Format since joining SYNNEX in January 2010, and is responsible for the Wide Format solutions business. Mr. Barker has over 33 years of experience in the graphics, printing, and distribution industry. He has founded a number of companies that have played significant roles in the development of U.S. distribution channels, including BSA Sales, Computer Graphics Technology, and Tekgraf Corporation. Prior to SYNNEX, Mr. Barker worked for Xerox Corporation and Apple Computer. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Georgia.

Tim Rush
Senior Vice President, Operations

Tim Rush has served as Senior Vice President, Operations since 2001; before that, he was named Vice President of Operations in 1997. He previously held positions as Vice President of Merisel FAB, Inc.; and Director of Procurement and Vendor Relations and Director of Inventory Quality of Vanstar Corporation. From 1983-1994, Mr. Rush held various sales management positions at Infomax, Inc. Mr. Rush received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and an Associate of Science degree in Computer Studies from Keene State College in 1983.

Alan Buttery
Senior Vice President, Financial Operations

Alan Buttery is Senior Vice President, Financial Operations. He joined SYNNEX in 1997, and his roles have expanded over time to include responsibility for North America Financial Solutions, Accounts Receivable, Customer Service, and responsibility for U.S. Accounts Payable. Mr. Buttery provides additional support to other SYNNEX business units including Concentrix and SYNNEX Infotec Japan, and he continues to develop innovative financial solutions for all of our constituents. Mr. Buttery has over 20 years of financial operations experience including work in the banking industry.
Mr. Buttery holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management of Human Resources from Central Wesleyan College and a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Robert Stegner
Senior Vice President, Marketing, North America

Robert Stegner joined SYNNEX Corporation as Senior Vice President, Marketing, North America, in September 2007. He is responsible for all marketing efforts in the United States and Canada. With over 25 years of progressive channel marketing/sales management experience, Mr. Stegner is a seasoned professional whose marketing leadership has generated tremendous results throughout his career. Prior to joining SYNNEX, Mr. Stegner most recently served as Vice President of Worldwide Market Development for Ingram Micro Inc. Prior to that, at Ingram Micro, he was Vice President of North American Channel Marketing and U.S. Product Marketing, where he led the U.S. product marketing team in developing programs, goals, and strategies. He was responsible for all channel programs focused on the small-to-medium business (SMB) and the government/education markets, as well as, reseller services.

Peter Coleman
Senior Vice President of HP Enterprise Technology Solutions

Peter Coleman currently serves as Senior Vice President of HP Enterprise Technology Solutions. Before joining SYNNEX in December 2009, Mr. Coleman had most recently served as Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee at Agilysys, Inc. During his tenure, he was Executive Vice President of the approximately $600 million Technology Solutions Group Division, where he was responsible for the P&L, development of the strategic direction, and day-to-day operations. Prior to that, Mr. Coleman was President of the Agilysys Keylink Systems Group enterprise computer distribution operating division.

Michael P. Van Gieson
Senior Vice President, Product Management

Michael P. Van Gieson currently serves SYNNEX Corporation in the role of Senior Vice President, Product Management. He joined SYNNEX in 1997 as Assistant Vice President of Product Marketing and was promoted to Vice President of Tier One Product Management in 1999. He is responsible for developing and aligning strategies for U.S. sales and value-added services and also is responsible for sales and marketing for SYNNEX’ key vendor partners. Mr. Van Gieson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management from Clemson University in 1979 and has held several executive positions in the distribution industry, including Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Merchandising at Gates/Arrow Distribution and at Liuski International.

David Dennis
Senior Vice President of Product Management

David Dennis currently serves as Senior Vice President of Product Management for HP product offerings. Previously, Mr. Dennis served as Vice President of Product Management for the HP product lines. He has held a variety of sales and product management positions for the company since 1994. Prior to SYNNEX Corporation, Mr. Dennis held the position of Manager of Sales Operations for Conner Peripherals, where his customers included top tier distribution accounts. Mr. Dennis graduated from California State University, Chico, in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing.

Andrew Warren
Executive Vice President, North America, Westcon-Comstor Americas

Andrew Warren is currently Executive Vice President, North America, Westcon-Comstor Americas and has more than 15 years of executive channel experience. He previously served as Senior Vice President of the Westcon US Security Practice. In this role, Andrew led his team to surpass $1 billion in annual sales by strengthening vendor relationships and building new avenues for solution providers to profit in the channel. Prior to joining the company, Andrew championed sales efforts for six years at another distributor and defined sales strategies for communications vendor Evolving Systems. He also held management positions at General Dynamics and Verizon Wireless. Andrew has a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing from Colorado State University.

Gary Gulmon
Senior Vice President and Chief information Officer

Gary Gulmon joined SYNNEX in 1982 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He has worked in various accounting, finance, and IS positions while successfully moving from manager to director and to his current position. Mr. Gulmon graduated from San Jose State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting with a minor in Math.

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