Kent Foster New CEO at Ingram Micro

BOSTON (03/06/2000) - Ingram Micro Inc., the world's largest wholesale computer and software distributor, has finally ended a six-month-long search for a new chief executive officer and president with the announcement today that Kent B.

Foster will take the helm.

Jerre Stead, former CEO, will remain chairman of the board until his retirement in May at the company's annual meeting of shareowners, at which time Foster will succeed him as chairman.

The company also announced a number of other changes in its organization, including naming Kevin M. Murai the new executive vice president of the company and president of the U.S. operating division, as well as the retirement of 65-year-old J. Phillip Samper from the company's board of directors.

Foster, who was a manager with GTE Corp. for 20 years before joining Ingram Micro, will replace Samper on the board.

Ingram Micro operates in 34 countries and had sales exceeding US$28 billion in 1999.

Ingram Micro, in Santa Ana, California, can be reached at +1-714-566-1000 or on the Web at

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