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Mamidanna quits as head of Ingram Micro India

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After serving nearly three years as the President and CEO of Ingram Micro

India Pvt Ltd, Singapore-based Prasad Mamidanna has decided to call it a day and

set up his own venture in Singapore itself.

Confirming the report to CyberMedia News, the man who had led the company

from the forefront and grew the operation 300 percent annually with revenues

exceeding $ 300 million, he said that April 16 would be his last day in office

at Ingram. He, however, declined to give any further details of his future

plans.

With Mamidanna’s dep-arture, some top-management level restructuring within

Ingram has also happened. Singapore-based KN Sahni who was earlier the President

and CEO of Ingram India, is again taking up this responsibility for the time

being. This is in addition to his existing res-ponsibility of being the head of

the components business of Ingram in Asia. In addition, SP Rajguru who was the

Acting COO of Ingram India, has now been confirmed as the COO. He will continue

to be based at Chennai.

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Mamidanna is credited with establishing Ingram India as a major provider of

IT products and services with nationwide presence throughout India. The company

has consistently been ranked in the Dataquest Top-20 companies in India.

As Acting MD for Ingram Micro Australia, he also managed the restructuring of

business and established a new strategic direction for the operations besides

hiring a new MD.

Mamidanna was responsible for the launch and growth of global industry brands

like Quantum, Intel, Microsoft, HP, Sony, Cisco and Samsung for Ingram in India.

Under his leadership the Indian operations has won numerous vendor awards from

Quantum, Lucent, Samsung, Tandberg and Intel. The company also won industry

awards like Dataquest Top Growth Company in 1998.

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During his tenure, Ingram India successfully expanded into computer systems,

workstations, software, networking products and storage sub-systems with

distribution rights from Compaq, IBM, Sun, Apple, HP, 3Com, Lucent, Cisco,

Nortel, Microsoft, Veritas, NAI and APC.

Starting his career at ACI in Santa Clara, US in 1982, Mami-danna held

various positions at the company and left it as VP and GM in 1988 to set up

Spectra Innovations in 1989. He was instrumental in rapidly growing this San

Jose, Califor-nia-based company into a significant player in the semi-conductor

and RF components and storage products business in India.

The company’s computer products group was subsequ-ently acquired by Ingram

Micro in 1999 and was renamed Ingram Micro India. This opera-tion is now a part

of Ingram Micro Inc, world’s largest whol-esale provider of technology

products and services with revenues exceeding $ 30 billion and with 14,000

associates worldwide.

Mamidanna was also the founder of Amspec (S) Pte Ltd, a distribution

operation, which was acquired by Electronic Resources Ltd, later acquired by

Ingram Micro Inc. He established Specsoft Consulting Inc, a software services

company with customers including Cisco, HP, Auspex, Adaptec and 3Com. This

operation with a team of over 70 plus consultants was successfully sold to

Aptech International in early 1999. (CyberMedia News)

Shubhendu Parth and S Gopikrishna Chennai/New Delhi, April 15

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