Long-time Tech Data Canada VP Greg Myers takes Lenovo Canada channel chief role

Myers’ retirement from Tech Data last month turns out to be an extended vacation, as the veteran distributor moves into Stefan Bockhop’s old position at Lenovo Canada.

Greg Myers, Lenovo Canada’s new channel chief

Greg Myers has been named the new Channel Chief at Lenovo Canada. The position has been vacant since Stefan Bockhop, Myers’ predecessor in the role, was promoted to run Lenovo’s server channel business in April.

Myers announced his retirement from Tech Data Canada in May, ending an almost two decade-long year run with the distributor. He joined the company as Vice-President of Marketing in September 1999. When Vice-President of Sales Frank Haid retired in 2013, Myers added that role to his bailiwick as well. After Rick Reid, who had been President of Tech Data Canada, announced his plans earlier this year to retire, Myers was seen by some as a possible successor. However, in the wake of the Avnet Technology Solutions acquisition and the change that was planned to the Tech Data Canada business model, Myers opted to leave.

Myers’ retirement from Tech Data clearly didn’t indicate a plan to hit the golf course full-time. His LinkedIn account quickly listed his position as “Free Agent Looking For Next Big Opportunity To Grow As a Leader.” That opportunity was revealed late on Friday afternoon, when Lenovo Canada announced Myers had come on board as Channel Chief.

The irony here is that Lenovo Canada made the appointment later on the same day that Tech Data Canada announced its new leadership team in Canada, who take over immediately. It’s likely nothing more than a coincidence, but if so, it’s still an interesting one.

Myers has worked for a hardware vendor before. While he came to Tech Data from Kortex Computer Centres, a Canadian VAR that was ultimately acquired by Insight Canada, before that he worked at NEC Technologies for ten years, and became Vice-President of Sales and Marketing there as well.

ChannelBuzz will follow up with Myers to discuss his plans with Lenovo.