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Ingram Micro Hires 'Technology Superstar' Chris Ward to Head Global Cloud Technical Services

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Stephen Burke

Uprise Partners Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Brian Gagnon said: “I’ve worked with Chris on his VAR side and the maker side of the business and he always does the right thing for the channel.

Chris Ward, a 25-year technology veteran delivering breakthrough technology solutions at outstanding solution providers Connection and GreenPages, has been hired as Director of Global Cloud Technical Services at Distribution Behemoth Ingram Micro.

said Brian Gagnon, co-founder and chief technology officer of Uprise Partners, a next-generation MSP focused on business strategy and security. “I’ve worked with Chris on his VAR side and the maker side of the business and he’s always doing the right thing for the channel. Ingram is someone who really understands technology and the channel.” have obtained.”

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Gagnon, who has known Ward for 15 years, said he sees tech veterans as the rare breed of people who understand both technology and sales.

“Chris is a unique Renaissance man in a dying art called technology,” Gagnon said. “He knows every part of the data center and cloud stack, but he is also personable and knows how to sell technology solutions without being a sales person. Chris has been an executive for many years and can design architectures for any client, big or small, because he’s been dabbling in technology all his life in the industry.

Ward made the announcement on Monday in a LinkedIn post. This included tributes from more than 100 of his industry leaders, including Brad Maltz, senior director of his DevOps Portfolio at Dell Technologies and DevRel. Justin Crotty, Senior Vice President Channels, Net Enrich. AJ O’Donnell, Partner Marketing Manager at Acronis. Natasha Spears, Business Development Manager at Cisco. Nutanix National His partner is Clive Anthony, his manager.

The appointment comes as Ingram Micro increases cloud service pricing with its Xvantage artificial intelligence and machine learning digital experience platform, which is integrated with the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.

Ingram Micro leaders and colleagues also commended the appointment. Ingram Microcloud’s Vice of Technical & Services Tim Fitzgerald, his president, wrote in LinkedIn’s reply to Ward’s appointment:

Ward was Senior Vice President of Technology Solutions at Connection, ranked 26th on the 2022 CRN SP500 for nearly five years from March 2017 to December 2021. Gross profit to $20 million.

Ward noted on LinkedIn that he was the executive sponsor and chief architect of Connection’s largest and most complex digital transformation engagement.

Prior to Connection, he spent 10 years at GreenPages Technology Solutions at No. 169 of the 2022 CRN SP500 and spent 4 years as Chief Technology Officer driving technology strategy and vision.

At GreenPages, Ward led the Chief Technology Officer’s office, which consisted of “practice directors and enterprise architects responsible for evaluating cutting-edge traditional and cloud-based solutions.”

Ethan Simmons, managing partner at cloud consultancy and AWS service partner Pinnacle Technology Partners, acknowledges that Ingram has made significant strides in the cloud market working with partners.

“Ingram is doing everything it can to build cloud capabilities that enable our partners to do more,” said Simmons. “AWS offers so much that no one AWS partner can do it all. Leveraging Ingram Micro will definitely enhance the capabilities of our AWS services.”

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