EET Group, Europe´s IT and technology distributors, announces that it has appointed Soren Drewsen as new CEO as of August 1, 2017. Soren Drewsen succeeds CEO John Thomas, who after 20 years with the company, has decided to step down to spend more time with his family. John Thomas will join the Board of Directors of EET Group, and will remain a shareholder along with majority owner FSN Capital. Smooth transition to new CEO Bo Rygaard, chairman of the Board of Directors said: “John Thomas informed me about his decision quite some time ago. Although I regret his decision, I fully respect it, and I am at the same time pleased that John Thomas will join the Board of Directors, and in that role, secure a smooth transition to the new CEO. I want to thank John Thomas for his significant and invaluable contributions to the company for so many years. John Thomas has been instrumental in making EET Group a leading European technology distributor.” John Thomas said: “It has been a very difficult decision. EET Group has been on my mind 24/7 for the past 20 years. With the right successor in place, however, it is now time for me scale down and spend more time with my family. I am very grateful for the time I have spent with EET Group and proud of the results we have achieved, including strong financials, a great organisation, more than 40 acquisitions and a number of awards from customers and vendors.” Soren Drewsen as new CEO To continue the successful journey of EET Group, the Board of Directors and the existing CEO have after a diligent process appointed Soren Drewsen, 51, who holds a Master of Science and Bachelor degrees in both Marketing and Organisation from Copenhagen Business School. He joins EET Group from a position as Vice President and Group Managing Director and head of North Europe at Icopal/BMI Group. Bo Rygaard, chairman of the Board of Directors said: “Soren Drewsen has comprehensive executive management experience from different ownership structures in multinational operations and industries, and I’m confident that Soren Drewsen is the right profile to execute on our strategy of becoming the market leader within each of our seven defined business areas on a pan-European scale.” Soren Drewsen said: “I am extremely impressed with the development EET Group has been through in the past 15 years, and I am very excited to join the company. I’m looking forward to take EET Group into the next growth phase and deliver on the agreed strategy.”
Agix Distribution provides IP solutions for professional installers and integrators in France With the acquisition of Agix Distribution, which is EET Europarts' eighth acquisition this year, the company is well on the way to boost its expansion in Southern Europe. Agix Distribution was established in 1983, and is today one of the leading Axis distributors in France. IP surveillance provider The company has specialised in providing IP surveillance solutions for professional installers and integrators. The product range includes network cameras, NVRs, software, servers and IR-Lighting, as well as technical training and product support. CEO at EET Group, John Thomas, says, "Agix Distribution has a strong position in the French market, distributing quality products to professional surveillance customers, so it is a perfect match for EET Europarts. Additionally the acquisition will further enhance EET Europarts´ longstanding cooperation with Axis Communications, the market leader in network video. All in all we look very much forward to be adding more business and new competences to our Surveillance & Security division and at the same time bring even more highly skilled employees from Agix Distribution into our French organisation." Strengthening value proposition Agix Distribution has a loyal customer base, and merging the two companies will strengthen the value proposition to Surveillance & Security customers in France, with regards to products and assortment, as well as with regards to service and customer support. Alain Dumouchel, Managing Director at Agix Distribution says: "We look very much forward to become part of EET Europarts, bringing our long-time experience and competences within the surveillance business together with the focused Surveillance & Security teams at EET Europarts. In the new setup we will continuously be backed by a local warehouse in France, but additionally we will be supported by an extensive group procurement and administrative infrastructure, and we will of course keep the same partnership relations with our suppliers, including Axis, Camtrace, Cam-IP etc. All things considered I feel very confident, that jointly we are ready to take significant market shares going forward." Save Save
As part of the acquisition, EET Europarts will establish a UK warehouse for customers to pick up goods or request deliveries Chiltern IT Ltd, founded in 1982, is the UK's oldest IT parts distributor, specialising in nationwide emergency delivery. The company is family owned and located nearby London. Chiltern IT has 15 employees, and is a well-known and very reputable spare parts distributor in the UK market. Serving spare IT part customers in UK Managing Director & Owner at Chiltern IT, Graham Nye, is very pleased with the sales to EET Europarts: "EET Europarts is Europe´s largest spare parts distributor, and a very successful company. I strongly believe, that the impact of EET Europarts´ unique and effective sales and distribution model, in combination with the specific know-how and competences of Chiltern IT, will create lots of synergies for our spare parts customers. Also I am convinced, that joining forces with EET Europarts and becoming part of a strong financial and administrative infrastructure is right for Chiltern IT." Establishing UK warehouse As part of the acquisition, EET Europarts will establish a UK warehouse, so customers can come and pick up goods or have them delivered within few hours or next day at a required time. CEO at EET Group, John Thomas, says; "Chiltern IT has a very strong reputation in the UK market, and I am confident, that merging the two companies will strengthen the value proposition to the spare parts customers in UK, in all aspects, with regards to products and assortment, as well as with regards to service and customer support. We look very much forward to be adding new competences to our spare parts business, and at the same time bring even more highly skilled employees into our organisation."
Company has been chosen one of 33 National Public Champions out of 709 businesses As the "National Public Champion" for Denmark EET Group / EET Europarts is going head-to-head with the other 32 National Public Champions in a second public vote, competing for the title of "European Public Champion." Chosen as one of 33 National Public Champions, out of 709 businesses, EET Group / EET Europarts will now compete in a second public vote which runs until 16 April 2015, and will result in the company with the most votes being announced as the overall European Public Champion. “We are extremely proud to be named the National Public Champion for Denmark, based on the votes from the public," says Group CEO John Thomas. "The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies, and we are now looking forward to the next round and would like to encourage as many people as possible to see our video and vote for us as a nominee for the overall European Public Champion Award.” Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards says: “It is a fantastic stamp of approval to be voted best in class by the public, and this voting stage has provided a wonderful opportunity to engage clients, staff, stakeholders, and potential new customers. Well done to all our National Public Champions.” The European Business Awards is an independent Awards programme designed to recognise and promote excellence, best practice and innovation in the European business community. This year it engaged with over 43,000 businesses from 33 European countries.