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Ingram Micro

When the market for computers and other tech equipment returned after its four-year funk, Santa Ana (Calif.)-based Ingram Micro was ready. The world's largest wholesale distributor of computer and electronic products nearly doubled its distribution outlets in 2004 by buying Asia-Pacific powerhouse Tech Pacific for $554 million. The move helped boost sales 13%, to $25.5 billion, that year. And with 70 distribution centers and operations in more than 100 countries, Ingram Micro got a lift from a stronger euro. Now the tech distributor -- which supplies hardware and software to CompUSA, Office Depot, Amazon.com, and others -- is venturing into the wireless world with an expanded deal with Vodafone to distribute wireless devices in Europe as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Clearly, the funky days are long gone.

Company Info

Revenues* $26.2 BILLION
Revenue Growth 12.1%
Return on Equity 9.9%
Total Return9.4%
Profits* $224.8 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

Ingram Micro Inc., an information technology (IT) wholesale distributor, provides sales, marketing, and logistics services to the IT industry worldwide. The company distributes and markets various IT products from computer hardware suppliers, networking equipment suppliers, and software publishers. It has four primary product categories: networking, software, systems, and peripherals. Networking category includes networking hardware, communication products, and network security products. Networking hardware includes switches, hubs, routers, wireless local area networks, wireless wide area networks, network interface cards, network-attached storage, and storage area networks. Communication products incorporate voice over Internet protocol communications, modems, phone systems, and video/audio conferencing. Network security hardware includes firewalls, virtual private networks, intrusion detection, authentication devices, and appliances. Software products include business application software; operating system software; entertainment software; middleware, developer software tools; security software, such as firewalls, intrusion detection, and encryption software; and storage software. Systems category offers various systems, such as servers, desktops, portable personal computers, tablet personal computers, and personal digital assistants. Peripherals category offers various peripheral products, including printers, scanners, displays, projectors, monitors, panels, mass storage, and tape. It also includes other products and services, such as components, including processors, motherboards, hard drives, and memory; supplies and accessories, such as ink and toner supplies, paper, carrying cases, and anti-glare screens; consumer electronics products, such as cell phones, digital cameras, digital video disc players, game consoles, and televisions; and various other services, such as installation services, professional services, service provider and carrier services, warranties and support, configuration and assembly, packaged services, and mobile communication services. The company sells its products to the resellers in various sectors, such as corporate resellers, direct and consumer marketers, and government and education resellers. Ingram Micro is headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif.

No. of Employees


Data provided by Capital IQ
Kent B. Foster

Kent B. Foster

AGE: 61


Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

CEO Bio >

Total Compensation*


Total Value of Options**

$ 29.5 MILLION

Degrees Held


* Latest available fiscal year
** The sum of the net value of options exercised and held in the latest available fiscal year

Key Executives

Kent B. Foster, Kevin M. Murai, Gregory M.E. Spierkel, Keith W. F. Bradley, Henri T. Koppen, Thomas A. Madden, Alain Monié, Larry C. Boyd, William D. Humes, Alain Maquet, Karen E. Salem, Matthew A. Sauer, James F. Ricketts

Board Members

Kent B. Foster, Howard I. Atkins, Martha R. Ingram, Linda Fayne Levinson, Kevin M. Murai, Gregory M.E. Spierkel, John R. Ingram, Dale R. Laurance, Gerhard Schulmeyer, Orrin H. Ingram II, Michael T. Smith, Joe B. Wyatt

Data provided by Capital IQ
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