London, 21st August 2018 – In 1988, Frank Salmon embarked on a journey to become the UK and Ireland’s largest independent storage distributor. By enabling people to transfer data from their desktop PCs to their portable notebooks using a 5¼-inch external floppy disk drive, the business started to connect vendors, resellers and end users which is still the essence of the business today.
Thirty years on, CMS Distribution has grown into a global business with over 350 employees in Europe, APAC and the US, and has made 6 acquisitions with revenue of just under £500m.
To continue and support this phenomenal journey of growth and expansion three new directors have been appointed in recent months: Tony Scully (Sales Director), Andrew Uden (Director of Retail Services) and John Fitzgerald (Chief Information Officer).
Tony Scully is a channel veteran with over 30 years’ experience and tenures at Computers Unlimited, Exertis and TechData. He will lead the Retail business to accelerate growth and drive operational excellence, so CMS Distribution can exceed customer and vendor expectations. “I was impressed and intrigued by the outstanding growth and development CMS Distribution has achieved in the last 30 years. I found CMS to be a forward-thinking distributor that is on a journey with clear goals to help them reach their destination, and I am very excited to be part of such innovative technology distributor.” Connect with Tony on Linkedin and Twitter.
Andrew Uden (Director of Retail Services) agrees that CMS is an exciting place to work and said, “With the huge exponential growth within CMS, there is an opportunity to support the commercial operation in developing compliance measures that ensures we’re selecting the right products, minimising any potential risks and securing the supply chain, so we can step forward confidently and grow the business.” Andrew has come from an expansive 30-year career in technology, retail and aviation, and has worked with companies such as Maplin, Tesco, Walmart and the RAF. Connect with Andrew on Linkedin.
To support future growth and operate on a global level, John Fitzgerald (Chief Information Officer) has brought his 25 years of experience in the financial industry to CMS Distribution. John envisages underpinning business operations and change while enabling, innovating and maximising efficiency. He’s worked with businesses such as AIB and EBS Limited and says about his role, “The goal is to maintain and enhance IT infrastructure, while introducing automated and data-driven insights and forecasting. I will also be focused on automating and improving the efficiency of processes and data-based decision making. This will deliver consistency, predictability and streamlined processes to allow greater flexibility in terms of integration and changes to the business.” Connect with John on Linkedin.
Frank Salmon welcomes the new team and looks forward to the accelerated growth and increased value he is confident they will bring to the business.