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The Board of Directors provides oversight to the Company’s management in their conduct of business. The Board holds regularly scheduled meetings at least quarterly and otherwise as appropriate to consider corporate decisions requiring its attention and action. The Board has three standing committees, the principal responsibilities of which are described below. Each of the committees meets regularly and has a written charter that has been approved by the Board.
Robert M. Dutkowsky joined Tech Data Corporation in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Dutkowsky oversees all aspects of the company’s extensive worldwide IT products distribution operations. He has more than 30 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, including senior executive positions in sales, marketing and channel distribution with leading manufacturers and software publishers IBM, EMC and J.D. Edwards.
Mr. Dutkowsky began his IT career in 1977 when he joined IBM as a salesman. During his 20 years with IBM, his rise through the ranks included various sales and marketing and general management positions, and tenures as director, Software and Services; vice president, Product Marketing; executive assistant to former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner; vice president, Distribution – IBM Asia/Pacific; and vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing – RS/6000 product line.
In 1997, Mr. Dutkowsky joined EMC as executive vice president, Markets and Channels and was promoted to president, Data General in 1999. During his time at EMC, the company’s annual revenues grew from $2 billion to $9 billion. In 2000, Mr. Dutkowsky was named president, chairman and CEO of GenRad, a manufacturer of electronic test equipment, where he led the company to a successful merger with Teradyne. In 2002, Mr. Dutkowsky served as chairman, president and CEO of J.D. Edwards until the company’s acquisition by PeopleSoft. Immediately prior to joining Tech Data, Mr. Dutkowsky was chairman, president and CEO of Egenera, Inc., a pioneer in physical, virtual and cloud management and automation.
Mr. Dutkowsky serves on the board of directors for SEPATON, a data storage and protection manufacturer, and in 2012 was elected to the board of directors of The ADT Corporation. He is also a member of the board of directors for the United Way Suncoast, the Tampa Bay Rays Foundation and serves on the advisory board of the University of South Florida Business School. Mr. Dutkowsky earned a bachelor’s degree in labor and industrial relations from Cornell University. He is also a recipient of the 2000 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizing distinguished American citizens.
Patrick Sayer has served as a Director since 2012. Mr. Sayer has been the Chief Executive Officer of Eurazeo (a leading publicly-held investment company in Europe) since 2002. From 1995 until 2002 he served as a Director and Advisor to the CEO of Eurazeo. Prior to becoming CEO of Eurazeo, Mr. Sayer was employed by Lazard, (an international financial advisory and asset management firm) for 20 years, last serving as a Managing Director and Head of Lazard’s Technology and Media group. Mr. Sayer is vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rexel SA, and a member of the Board of Directors of other Eurazeo portfolio companies, including Accor and Edenred. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris. Mr. Sayer has a French Financial Analyst Degree and serves as a professor of finance at Dauphine University in Paris.
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