Happy Friday the 13th, and welcome to Distribution Watch, our weekly installment of all things distribution-related. This week we’ve got news from the Global Technology Distribution Council and Westcon Group, so sit back, relax and pay no attention to the man in the hockey mask standing behind you.

Global Technology Distribution Council: The international association of distributors awarded its annual Rising Star awards during its annual two-day Vendor Summit, which happened this year in Newport Beach, Calif.

The 12 winners were selected based on their year-over-year sales growth within the NPD Group’s Distributor Track. Without further ado, here are the award winners:

Hardware companies with revenue of $500 million-plus:

  • Gold: Samsung
  • Silver: EMC
  • Bronze: NetApp

Hardware companies with revenue of $100 million to $500 million:

  • Gold: Sharp
  • Silver: Juniper Networks
  • Bronze: Brocade

Hardware companies with revenue of $25 million to $100 million:

  • Gold: Isilon Systems
  • Silver: Symantec
  • Bronze: Aruba Networks

Software companies with revenues of $20 million-plus:

  • Gold: RSA Security
  • Silver: CommVault Systems
  • Bronze: Autodesk

Westcon Group: The unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions distributor announced Jens Montanana has been appointed chairman effective Sept. 3. 
Montanana is founder and CEO of Westcon’s parent, Datatec Limited, which he developed into a global ICT solutions and services leader with more than 6,500 employees worldwide, according to the company. He replaces John McCartney, who will remain a non-executive director of Westcon.

“Jens has a long history with Westcon and played an instrumental role in the growth we enjoyed over the last 15 years. I am pleased he has agreed to take on the role of Chairman of the Westcon Group Board,” said Dean Douglas, Westcon Group president and CEO. “On behalf of the board I would like to thank John for his valuable contribution as chairman during the past 10 years. We are pleased to be retaining his expertise.”

And so ends another episode of Distribution Watch. Tune in next week to see what’s what in the distribution space. Until then, stay safe.