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DBL Names McCarty VP/GM; Chiarelli, Kuperman Depart

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Brent McCarty has been named VP/general manager of DBL Distributing, a top CE accessories distributor and subsidiary of Ingram Micro, and at the same time announced the departures of Henry Chiarelli, president, and Bruce Kuperman, senior VP of sales.

The changes are effective immediately.

Chiarelli, who joined DBL in August 2006 and was appointed president in 2007 when the company was acquired by Ingram Micro, will remain as a strategic advisor to the new DBL leadership team to ensure a smooth transition for the next four months, according to John Soumbasakis, senior VP/general manager of strategic divisions for Ingram Micro North America.

McCarty, who was senior director of VAR sales for Ingram Micro Canada, will report to Soumbasakis and is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of DBL.

Soumbasakis told TWICE this afternoon that DBL would “continue to be operated as a separate, autonomous business … with its own vendor relationships” and that direct reports to Chiarelli and Kuperman will now report to McCarty.

There were no layoffs announced and no facility changes are planned at this time, he noted.

Soumbasakis said in a statement, “Thanks to the hard work of Chiarelli, Kuperman and the entire DBL team, we are well positioned to extend DBL’s leadership within the consumer electronics market and deliver even greater value to our growing customer base. Under McCarty’s leadership, we will work together to accelerate DBL’s success and achieve more growth for the division.”

DBL is in the process of trying to “cross-sell products between DBL and Ingram Micro. We have done that before with other acquisitions and have leveraged it to great success in the past,” Soumbasakis said.

When asked about current business conditions, he noted, “We are seeing pockets of strength, but business is challenged and volume is lower than last year.”

Ingram Micro reported its first-quarter results yesterday, showing a 21 percent decrease in sales to $6.75 billion for the prior year period. Net income for the quarter was $27.5 million, down from the prior-year period’s net income of $64.1 million. North American revenues, 41 percent of Ingram’s total revenues, were down 16 percent in the quarter to $2.77 billion.