CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD), one of the world's largest distributors of IT products and services, today announced that Pete Peterson, the company's senior vice president, U.S. Sales, has been selected by the ranking committee of ExecRank as a "Top Sales Executive" for 2012. The rankings are the result of two years of research and feedback from evaluation committees and top Chief Sales Officers (CSO), which yielded an algorithm for ranking Sales Executives based on their performance in 24 key areas. "I am honored for the recognition by ExecRank and pleased to be included among the distinguished list of CSOs," said Peterson. "Ensuring our customers are given the tools they need to be successful in the constantly changing world of IT is a key focus for my team. I look forward to the invaluable opportunities we can provide to our channel partners that will lead to continued profitable growth in the New Year." According to Adam Navrozally, Analyst for the rankings division of ExecRank, "Tech Data has an impressively diverse client base. Mr. Peterson's strong record of success in sales and in building relationships with customers has made him a valuable asset in spreading his company's reputation for identifying the needs of their customers, and providing them with the right technology to stay on top of their fields. He is highly regarded in the IT distribution industry, as well as among other sales executives." About Peterson Peterson leads Tech Data's nationwide Inside and Field Sales teams, providing tens of thousands of U.S. resellers expert support in a wide range of IT products and services. He also oversees the company's extensive Government, Technical and Integration Services organizations, which offer customers an array of value-added support they can leverage to grow their businesses and streamline operations. Peterson has previously held numerous leadership positions at Tech Data, most recently as senior vice president and general manager of the Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division. He has also served as vice president, East and Government Sales.
ExecRank evaluated over 15,000 Sales Executives this year to rank only the Top 250. 2012 has seen a heavy focus on online integration for sales strategies, as well as engagement strategies that break through the clutter and show a positive return on investment. This year also saw many sales executives serve on boards of directors and display a skill set that is applicable to multiple industries, and these achievements factored heavily into these rankings as well.For the complete rankings, please visit www.ExecRank.com . About Tech Data Tech Data Corporation is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 125,000 resellers in more than 100 countries to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users. Tech Data generated $26.5 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012, and is ranked 109th on the Fortune 500 ®. To learn more, visit www.techdata.com . The Tech Data Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10666 About ExecRank ExecRank is the definitive ranking service of leading executives who have achieved the highest level of professional achievement and peer recognition. ExecRank was founded by Jonathan Aspatore, one of the most authoritative figures in business publishing. As former CEO of one of the 5 largest business book publishing houses (Aspatore Books), and current CEO of three other business media companies, Jonathan has published over 5,000 of the world's top business and legal executives, including C-Level executives (CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO, COO) from 74% of the Fortune 500 and senior level partners from 100% of the AmLaw 200 largest law firms. As the creator of the patent-pending, proprietary algorithm that took two years to develop for ExecRank, Jonathan is uniquely qualified to have created a system that ranks leading executives. ExecRank rankings reach over six million readers a year in the United States alone given its partnerships with leading publishers, web sites, trade shows and more.
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