Exclusive creates European VP role

Distributor Exclusive has restructured its management to give Europe more direction. Although the business has prided itself on keeping management local and empowered, it has moved Julien Antoine (below), currently Group Director of Global Operations to a new position of VP of EMEA while Will Smith, currently Group IT Director, increases his scope to become Group CIO.  

Julien Antoine’s new remit as VP of EMEA recognises "the need for increased scale and support" in the Group’s largest operating region, enabling the structure to flex and adapt to the challenges of a fast changing billion euro business unit. The promotion of Will Smith as CIO, recognises the importance of the Group’s digital transformation and the significance of IT and data intelligence in this journey.

These enhancements to Exclusive Group’s leadership team complement the recent high-profile appointments of Stéphane Duplaix as Director of Strategic Global Alliances, and David Ellis as Group Director of Global Services. 

“Our long-term success has always been centred on the ability to anticipate and adapt to disruption without diluting any of our value, and these important new positions will safeguard these unique strengths as we scale to new levels,” said Barrie Desmond, COO of Exclusive Group.  “Julien and Will bring huge energy and talent to the team and are fully committed to our VAST mission.  These moves also recognise that we need to transform ourselves as well as transforming technology consumption and distribution if we are to maintain our disruptive position.”

Julien Antoine.  “Our value-adding principles are absolutely central to our continuing market relevance and our future growth throughout the region.  There are exciting opportunities ahead as we continue to expand our services capabilities as well as market presence for Exclusive Networks and BigTec.”

“The Group IT function has doubled in recent years, making us well-positioned at the forefront of digital disruption to ensure we are creating value internally, and for customers, partners and vendors,” said Will Smith.  “Customer requirements are constantly evolving and we must continually address these while remaining efficient and easy to work with.  I firmly believe that if you are not disrupting then you risk being disrupted.”