MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 17, 2006 — Ingram Micro Inc., (NYSE: IM), the world's largest
technology distributor, today announced that its Canadian operations has won the Partner
of the Year Award for Operational Excellence at the 2006 Microsoft Partner Program
Awards. The Company was chosen out of a field of top Microsoft Partners for
delivering market-leading customer solutions built on Microsoft technology. The awards
were distributed at a ceremony on May 18, 2006 in San Diego, California at Microsoft's
Channel Partner Summit.
"We are honoured to be recognized for Operational Excellence by Microsoft for the
second year in a row," said Martin Kalsbeek, general manager and vice president, Ingram
Micro Canada. "This prestigious award underscores how our licensing team in Canada
is committed to working with our vendor partners to provide customers with
leading-edge services that will ensure their own operational excellence."
Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 38 entrants in the United States and Canada.
Ingram Micro Canada was recognized for superior operational excellence, meeting or
exceeding specific requirements for the number of valid agreements in a variety of
categories, as well as the number of on-time and valid order submissions. By meeting
these operational criteria, these winners have illustrated their commitment to
providing value and customer satisfaction.
"It is important to Microsoft to recognize resellers and distributors who practice
end-to-end operational management efficiencies as these best practices
significantly enhance the customer experience in the use of Microsoft
technology and licensing services," said John Pompei, director of Microsoft's North
America Enterprise Licensing Division. "The awards program is designed to recognize
resellers and distributors that demonstrate an excellence in this area, enabling them to
provide their customers with the best value and advice for their IT software budget."
The Microsoft Partner Program Awards recognize Microsoft Partners that have
developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past
year. Multiple awards are distributed in four categories: Partner of the Year for
Technology Innovation, Partner of the Year for Sales and Marketing, the Specialization
Excellence Awards and the Microsoft Initiative Awards.
About Ingram Micro
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and
profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs,
outsourced logistics services, technical support, financial services, and product
aggregation and distribution. The company serves 140 countries and is the only
broadline global IT distributor with operations in Asia. Visit