Westcon Group Announces European Operational Changes for 2009, Including New Financial Director

Tarrytown, NY, December 11, 2008 - Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, announced changes to its European operational structure including the promotion of Richard Hodgetts to the position of European Financial Director. Hodgetts, who was previously Westcon Group UK Finance Director, replaces Jon Toohey, who has resigned after holding the position for three years. Westcon Group also announced that Barry Shakespeare, executive vice president of Westcon Group Europe, has resigned and is leaving his position effective January 30th, 2009.  Westcon will begin the process of evaluating candidates for his replacement.

Hodgetts, a Chartered Management Accountant and a seasoned veteran of Westcon Group’s finance team, joined the Company in June of 2004 as Financial Director of the Westcon UK business practice, based in Slough, England. He played an instrumental role in spearheading Westcon’s growth and expansion in the UK over the last several years and helped create the framework for the consolidation of Westcon and Comstor UK’s back office functions, completed in early 2006. In addition, Richard has been a central figure in the commercial aspects of Westcon’s product distribution and services businesses throughout his tenure at the Company and has been instrumental in the integration of acquired companies.

John O’Malley, Chief Financial Officer of Westcon Group, commented: “Richard brings an enormous breadth of experience and deep relationships with both customers and vendors alike to his new role. Since joining the Company, Richard’s responsibilities have expanded continuously and he has enjoyed success with each new challenge. His skills, experience and leadership will help Westcon Group scale opportunities for our European customers and help expand our presence as we look toward growth in other European geographies.”

“Over the past several years, we have realized enormous efficiencies by centralizing our European operations,” commented Hodgetts. “Our customers continue to experience the benefits of this on a Pan-European basis as we become their trusted partner for local, regional and global transactions. I look forward to working with the entire finance team and delivering even greater opportunity on behalf of our customers.”

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 and Comstor 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



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