Cisco Recognizes Westcon Group with “Global Distributor of the Year” and “Multi-Theatre Partner of the Year” Awards

Tarrytown, NY, April 15, 2008 - Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, announced that it has been presented with two prestigious awards at this year’s Cisco Partner Summit, held last week in Hawaii. Westcon was named “Global Distributor of the Year” and “Multi-Theatre Partner of the Year”, an award which has never before been awarded to a distributor.

Westcon Group’s multi-national programs, OneVoice, OneDefense, OneNetwork and OneWave are a fundamental part of its value proposition to customers. Cisco cited these and other key reasons for Westcon Group’s nomination:

- Innovative programs such as OneVoice and OneDefense
- Commitment to growth
- Commitment to emerging markets
- Leadership in developing the SMB market
- Integrity and accountability in its business relationships
- Improved productivity of Westcon Group’s reseller customers

Tom Dolan, President and CEO of Westcon Group, commented: “These awards mark a key milestone for us in our relationship with Cisco. We are proud of the role we have played in strengthening Cisco’s global reach. By bringing multi-national solutions programs into emerging markets and providing single point order capabilities for large multi-national deployments, we have been able to bring unique value to our customers. Cisco has recognized our ability-along with our loyal multi-national customers--to build a highly effective, forward supply chain for Cisco’s products and solutions.”

Riordan Maynard, CEO of Touchbase, a multi-national integrator, added: “Our partnership with Westcon Group is a fundamental reason our business has experienced exponential growth during the last 18 months. Robust programs like OneVoice have helped differentiate us from our competition; we congratulate Westcon Group on this tremendous distinction.”

“I had the honor and privilege of recognizing Westcon Group as Cisco distributor partner award winner,” said Dave O’Callaghan, vice president of distribution for worldwide channels at Cisco. Westcon Group received an award for Worldwide Distributor of the Year, recognizing its performance and success as a Cisco distributor in 2007.”

Cisco also presented Westcon Group with many regional and country awards including:

- Comstor France: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor France: Geography Winner
- Comstor Germany: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor Germany: Geography Winner
- Comstor Netherlands: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor Netherlands: Geography Winner
- Comstor Spain: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor Spain: Geography Winner
- Comstor Spain: European Distributor of the Year
- Comstor UK: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor UK: Geography Winner

About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and Polycom. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit

Jeffrey Touzeau                
Westcon Group, Inc.            
(914) 829-7388   

Read more about the awards Westcon Group won here.



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