TDME begins rebuilding components team

Embattled IT distributor TDME claims it is on the verge of bringing in a number of new staff into its components division.

Embattled IT distributor TDME claims it is on the verge of bringing in a number of new staff into its components division. The hires will replenish employee numbers hit by a wave of staff departures.

Although the crux of the ex-Tech Data Middle East broadline team moved across to TDME when parent Aptec Holdings purchased the business in March, many employees left the company in search of new challenges during the transition period.

TDME suffered a further blow earlier this month when the head of its components unit, Shahood Khan, quit the company to join rival distribution house Empa. Nine former members of TDME's components unit also began posts at Jebel Ali-based Empa on the same day that Khan assumed his new role.

TDME has so far signed SMC Networks and Western Digital - which it will also distribute in Saudi - to its components division and is undergoing "continuous" talks with other brands it aims to bring on board, according to Essam Baghdady, interim managing director of TDME and group VP at Aptec.

Baghdady says the distributor is still committed to operating a dedicated components unit and revealed the arrival of eight new staff to strengthen its resources is imminent. "Offers have been made and accepted," he said. "They will be starting with us after serving their notice period."

Baghdady declined to comment on where those who have been offered a job by TDME had been working previously.

When asked if he was disappointed about the number of ex-Tech Data personnel to have left the company - or had envisaged such a situation happening - Baghdady responded: "We don't comment on staff leaving because (Aptec Holdings) has 500 staff members and we have one of the highest stability rates in the industry. But it's a natural thing, I suppose, that with acquisitions you find that you have a higher attrition rate during the transition period, but it's not affecting the business at all. TDME is very solid, it is growing and it is getting better by the day," he added.

At the time of taking over Tech Data's components and enterprise division, Aptec said it would assume responsibility for up to 14 franchises and distribution agreements formerly held by the broadline distributor. Manufacturers which have pledged their allegiance to TDME so far include Western Digital, SMC, Cisco and Oracle. UPS vendor APC is also understood to have signed a contract with TDME this week.

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