|Geoff Fancher, Senior Vice President, Comstor US |
A 17-year Cisco veteran, Geoff Fancher currently serves as Senior Vice President of Comstor’s operations in the United States. Fancher arrives at Comstor after championing the field partner organization at Cisco, orchestrating a nationwide team of over 200 partner account managers and partner engineers to achieve more than $8 billion across 8,000 partners . Fancher drove strategic initiatives that directly contributed to Cisco winning the 2012 Computer Reseller News ARC awards in all five categories. He also ran the company’s Channel Advisory Board, influencing program evolution, fostering executive relationships and securing partner loyalty.
Fancher currently holds P&L responsibility for Comstor’s business in the United States – driving its reputation as the market’s premier Cisco-dedicated value-added distributor. In his role, Fancher reports directly to Westcon President and CEO Dean Douglas.
|Lynn Smurthwaite-Murphy, Senior Vice President, U.S. and Canada, Westcon Group |
Lynn joined Westcon in 1997 and her current position is the Senior Vice President, Westcon North America responsible for the development and execution of the business strategy, as well as P&L functions. Additionally, Lynn also lead both the Canadian division as well as the North American Convergence Division for Westcon. She also spent a number of years with Bell Canada in various capacities. Most notable recent accomplishments would be successfully driving double digit growth in Canada during a major economic downturn at the same time as Nortel, the division's lead line filed for Chapter 11. Lynn holds a B.A. from Guelph University, has taken various Queen's Executive Development continuing education courses on strategy and finance and serves on the board of the Halton Children's Aid Society.
| Andy Banks, Vice President, Data Center Practice |
Andy joined Westcon Group in March 2009. He currently leads the Comstor business unit in North America and is focused on growing Cisco's advanced technology offerings in that region. Andy is a 20 year veteran of the IT channel, having held executive and sales management roles at leading manufacturers including Cisco and Avaya. He also has several years of experience at the reseller level, where he managed P&L and business development initiatives. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from San Jose State University.
|Charles (Chuck) Thropp, Chief Financial Officer, Westcon Group North America |
Chuck has served in his current role since March 2003. From November 2001 to March 2003, he was VP Finance for the Voda One division. Prior to joining Westcon Group, Mr. Thropp worked for Fisher Scientific International, Inc, a global distributor of products and services to the scientific research and clinical laboratory markets, where he served as Controller, US Distribution Operations and VP-Controller, Worldwide Strategic Sourcing. From May 1987 to March 1999, Mr. Thropp was employed by the public accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and its predecessors, most recently as a Senior Audit Manager. Mr. Thropp is a certified public accountant with a B.S. in Business Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
|Steve Bernard, Vice President, Westcon Group North America |
Steven Bernard has over 30 years of experience in the communications industry. He joined Westcon five years ago as General Manager and Vice President of Voda One (now Westcon Convergence), the Westcon business unit focused on distributing Avaya and complementary unified communications solutions in the US. During his tenure, Westcon Convergence has enjoyed steady growth, increased market share and was named the 2008 Avaya North American Distributor of the Year. Steve held senior management positions at AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Avaya, in direct sales and channel sales, before joining Westcon. He resides in Flemington, NJ.
|Gahn Lane, Vice President, Service Providers - The Americas |
Gahn joined Westcon Group in March 2009. He is responsible for Westcon Group's service provider channel offerings in North and South America. Gahn is a 20 year channel sales veteran. Prior to working at Westcon Group, he held senior executive roles at Nortel where he oversaw the development of the Company's service provider accounts including AT&T and Sprint. Lane also managed sales of Nortel's entire VoIP and data portfolio and its managed services offerings for these and other customers. Gahn holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of Dallas.
|Dan Forbes, Vice President, Westcon Canada |
Dan is Vice President, Westcon Canada. Dan is a 14+ year veteran having held management positions in sales, marketing and product management. He joined Westcon Canada in 2008 managing the Comstor division of Westcon Canada. His in-depth product knowledge and years of experience helped to make Canada one of Cisco's fastest growing distributor year over year in 2009 during Comstor's first year of operation in Canada. Dan holds a B.A. from the University of Windsor.
|Andrew Warren, Vice President, Westcon Security |
Andrew brings 15+ years executive level channel experience to his new role, specifically in security and distribution. He has held senior level positions in both sales and business development. In his previous role with Avnet, Andrew was responsible for growing the distributor's domestic network security business.
|Gino Cotignola, CIO, the Americas |
Gino is CIO for the Americas since 2006 and is focused on business operations and utilization of IT system solution. Prior to his current role, he served as Westcon Group Director of Applications since 1997. As Applications Director he was responsible for delivering Westcon Group's applications including eCommerce, B2B and middle ware integration with the ERP system and customization of the ERP solution. Gino holds two undergraduate degrees: BS in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University and a BS in Math and Physics from Long Island University: CW Post Campus. He also completed his MBA in Information Systems from San Diego State University.