After an unexpected promotion to the top job at Ingram Micro Canada, Martin Kalsbeek has decided to step down as vice-president and GM of the distributor for personal reasons, according to a source inside the company.
Kalsbeek, who has been on the job for exactly two years and four days, will continue to lead the Canadian operation until his successor is named.
When that successor is appointed, Kalsbeek will then remain with the company and work as a consultant with the new leader until the end of the year.
In a prepared statement, Kalsbeek said his decision stems from a need to spend more time with his immediate family and be closer to his extended family on the West Coast. “I do admit this was a difficult decision to make since I am leaving behind a great organization and a very talented team,” he said in the statement.
He added that by staying on he can ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.
Kalsbeek joined Ingram Micro in 1992 in a sales capacity and progressed into various roles within the company including senior director of sales, vice president of operations.
He was instrumental in the implementation of results-driven initiatives that ranged from improving sales coverage to supporting customers with improved customer service, inventory levels, transportation carrier and credit options.
Kalsbeek also focused on the development of strategic relationships with customers and vendors, as well as overseeing new milestones for the company including the launch of Data Capture/POS, managed services, components and consumer electronics divisions in Canada.
Keith Bradley, president of Ingram’s North America region, who was responsible for hiring Kalsbeek after dismissing former president Murray Wright and vice-president of marketing Dave Walsh in one fell swoop back in May 2005, said Kalsbeek has been a significant contributor to the growth of the Canadian operations during his 15-year tenure.
CDN will update this online story later today. We will also feature an interview with Martin Kalsbeek in an upcoming print edition of the magazine.