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Kevin Murai leaves Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro lost some more Canadian content with the announced departure of its president and COO, Kevin Murai

Murai, a 20-year veteran of the distributor and former Canadian subsidiary president, is returning home to Toronto to be with his wife and four children who left a year ago to be closer with her aging parents.Replacing Murai will be Alain Monie, executive vice- president and president of Ingram Micro Asia-Pacific. Murai will stay on for the remainder of the year to aid Monie in making a smooth transition. Monie will continue to operate his region up until October, when he plans to be based full time at Ingram’s headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif., Murai said.

The decision to leave a company Murai has basically grown up in was bittersweet, he said.

“I have made so many good friends at this company and with customers and vendors it will be tough leaving. The key relationships I’ve made that is the bitter part of this. The sweet part is now I will be able to spend much more time with my family,” Murai said.

Murai has been commuting back and forth from Toronto and Santa Ana for a year and said it was not ideal. “It was a difficult decision to move on and start the next chapter of my life,” he said.

Greg Spierkel, the Canadian born CEO of Ingram, called Murai an outstanding leader and said his contributions will benefit the company for years.

But, with his departure and impeding arrival of Monie, Spierkel has had to shift some responsibilities inside the organization.

After the transition period from Murai to Monie, the Asia-Pacific region will be split among two executives who will report to the new COO. Shailendra Gupta will continue to lead the region’s non-China operations, with added responsibility for the Asia-Pacific functional departments.

Meanwhile, Meinie Oldersma will continue to lead the company’s China group, which is made up of mainland China and Hong Kong.

Murai said that Monie is a great executive and is confident in his abilities. I have worked with him for four years as a peer and as a teammate for three years, and he comes with knowledge and experience in IT from Allied Signal. He is also a fun loving guy and smart business executive,” Murai said.

Monie joined Ingram in 2003 after a stint as Latin American division head for Honeywell International. At Ingram Asia-Pacific he was instrumental in the Tech Pacific acquisition.

Murai said he leaves Ingram Micro in great shape and with no regrets. “I have obviously seen a lot in the past 19 years with the hey-day of the industry to the many challenges we faced after the dot-com bubble. We managed to come through that and come out of it a strong company that is positioned for the future,” he said.

As for the future, do not expect him to be the next president of Ingram Micro Canada, but he added that he is not ready for retirement either. “I’ve not had a chance to clear my head and think about the next thing. I want to spend time with the kids and make the transition with Monie as smooth as possible. Then maybe I’ll take a deep breath and it can be anything. Tech is still exciting. I started as a technologist before I became a business person, I think with my experience and skills in distribution, supply chain and technology maybe I will try looking at something different, but I do not know.”