Tech Data announced in April that Dutkowsky, who has been the company's CEO since 2006, is stepping down in June when COO Rich Hume is set to take over.
Hume's rise to CEO has been part of a long-term succession plan, a spokeswoman told CRN. When he joined Tech Data in 2016, he was the company's first-ever COO and the heir apparent to Dutkowsky. When Dutkowsky steps down, he will become the Clearwater, Fla.-based company's executive chairman. Hume, on the other hand, has been nominated to join Tech Data's board of directors.
During his two years at Tech Data, Hume, a 30-year-plus IBM veteran, oversaw several major changes in the company, including Tech Data's 2017 $2.6 billion acquisition of Avnet Technology Solutions. That acquisition gave Tech Data, which at the time was a traditional broadline distributor, access to advanced technology from Avnet, one of the industry's largest value-added distributors.