Rocking 40 Years!

July 10, 2019 Marilyn Hall

In 1979, the Sony Walkman was born, Joe Clark was elected Prime Minister of Canada, and it snowed in the Sahara Desert. In that eventful year, Geza Czige and Lorraine Mecca, a wife and husband power team, formed Ingram Micro, then called Micro D. Since then, we have consistently and exponentially grown from the early days in Southern California to a global powerhouse operating on 6 continents and in 160 countries. On July 16, 2019, we celebrate 40 years of providing technology products and services to customers!

Our numbers speak for themselves. We are now a $50 billion organization, employing 30,000+ associates, globally. We have also completed over 35 acquisitions, which allowed us to expand in areas of e-commerce, mobility and cloud platforms and solutions.

Bill Brandel, Canadian Country Chief Executive (pictured left), leads an innovative team of associates. With headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, our Canadian footprint also includes offices in Quebec and British Columbia. We have been relishing in this 40th birthday celebration with several activities including barbecues and a charity contest; culminating with a grand party on July 16!

At Ingram Micro, people are essential to our success, and so we pride ourselves in providing a friendly and inviting atmosphere for our associates. As a testament of our commitment to our associates, Ingram Micro Canada received recognition as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America. 

(Pictured right: artist’s concept of Mississauga Headquarters which opened in 1999)

We were excited to recognize more than 25 associates who have completed 25 years or more with us! Our longest-serving associate is Fausto Izquierdo who has been with Ingram Micro for 31 years!

And it doesn't stop there; we are also well-recognized in the industry. Check out some of our amazing achievements:

  • Geographical Region Award as Distributor of the Year at Cisco Partner Summit 2018 in Canada
  • Distribution Partner of the Year, North America at McAfee Americas Partner Summit 
  • Ingram Micro Canada recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America
  • Ingram Micro Canada wins Intel Innovation Award for North America in IoT innovation at the Intel Partner Connect
  • Bill Brandel - Ingram Micro Canada, Country Chief Executive, made Top 10 Newsmakers of the Year in 2018

(Pictured left: Ingram Micro associates enjoying the 40th Birthday BBQ & Road Hockey at Mississauga Headquarters)

What do the next 40 years hold for Ingram Micro? The future is an open road. What is certain is that we will continue to evolve along with technology. For now, our focus is on building hybrid data centres, enhancing security solutions and the Cloud business, and leading in 3rd party logistics through our Commerce and Lifecycle Services. Here’s to our continued success, achieved through our mantra, ‘It’s the People’!

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