Carol Giles Neslund appointed Vice President and General Manager of Westcon-Comstor Security Solutions Practice
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Sept. 8, 2016 – Westcon-Comstor has promoted Andrew Warren to executive vice president, North America, responsible for driving the company’s U.S. and Canadian operations. He also becomes the value-added distributor’s newest member of its Executive Leadership Team where he will help shape the company’s future. Carol Giles Neslund joins Westcon-Comstor, succeeding Warren, as vice president and general manager of the fast-growing Westcon-Comstor Security Solutions Practice.
Under Warren’s direction the security solutions practice grew from $275 million to more than $1 billion in sales and today represents more than half of Westcon-Comstor’s North American business. Over the past months Warren assumed leadership responsibility for Comstor US, the Cisco Systems-solutions division of the company. Warren began his career with Westcon-Comstor in 2010.
“Andrew has done a superb job developing our security practice, cementing our reputation as the leading security distributor globally,” said Dolph Westerbos, WestconGroup CEO. “He is the ideal successor to Lynn Murphy, who after an impressive 18-year success record at Westcon-Comstor is pursuing other learning opportunities. I am pleased that Lynn and Andrew have had six months to ensure a smooth transition."
Prior to joining Westcon-Comstor, Warren spent six years at Avnet, and he has more than 20 years of executive-level channel experience.
“The entire Westcon-Comstor team works hard every day to ensure we have the right solutions for our customers,” Warren said. “Our success comes from a carefully constructed strategy to capture high-growth opportunities in security, collaboration, networking and data center. Together, we are transforming the industry through our innovative cloud, global deployment and services capabilities—all backed by a world-class team. I look forward to continuing that mission into 2017 and beyond.”
Neslund’s executive and channel leadership roles with technology companies, including Avaya, Seagate Technology and others, include running billion dollar businesses and demonstrate a history of success within dynamic markets. Her deep understanding of vendor, reseller and end-user business models and needs has contributed to her ability to drive rapid business growth in the channel.
“Carol’s passion for driving growth and meaningful, measurable change has benefitted the channel in countless ways,” said Westerbos. “We appreciate that spirit and believe her vision aligns quite well with ours, which will enable us to continue to deliver new and innovative solutions for our customers and business partners.”
Warren’s appointment is effective September 1, and Neslund’s is effective September 12.
Westcon-Comstor (WestconGroup Inc.) is a value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in Security, Collaboration, Networking and Data Center. The company is transforming the technology supply chain through its capabilities in Cloud, Services and Global Deployment. Westcon-Comstor combines expert technical and market knowledge with industry-leading partner enablement programs. Westcon-Comstor delivers results together through deep partner relationships. The company goes to market under the Westcon and Comstor brands.
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