Robert M. Dutkowsky
Robert M. (“Bob”) Dutkowsky was appointed executive chairman of Tech Data’s Board of Directors in June 2018. In this role, he serves as a strategic advisor to Tech Data’s chief executive officer (CEO), providing support in vendor, customer and community engagement, as well as special projects, as directed by the CEO or Board. Bob joined Tech Data Corporation in 2006 as CEO and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. In June 2017, he was elected Chairman.
Under Bob’s leadership as CEO, Tech Data has transformed into a global end-to-end IT distributor with an offerings portfolio that spans from endpoint devices to the most advanced data center solutions and next-generation technologies. During his 12-year tenure, the company's revenues grew from $21 billion to more than $36 billion, while non-GAAP earnings per share increased by more than 550 percent.
Bob has more than 40 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, including senior executive positions in sales, marketing and channel distribution with leading manufacturers and software publishers IBM, EMC, and J.D. Edwards.
Bob began his IT career in 1977 when he joined IBM as a salesman. During his 20 years with IBM, his rise through the ranks included various sales and marketing and general management positions, and tenures as director, Software and Services; vice president, Product Marketing; executive assistant to former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner; vice president, Distribution – IBM Asia/Pacific; and vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing – RS/6000 product line. In 1997, Bob joined EMC as executive vice president, Markets and Channels and was promoted to president, Data General in 1999. In 2000, he was named president, chairman and CEO of GenRad, a manufacturer of electronic test equipment, where he led the company to a successful merger with Teradyne. In 2002, Bob served as chairman, president and CEO of J.D. Edwards until the company’s acquisition by PeopleSoft. Immediately prior to joining Tech Data, he served as chairman, president and CEO of Egenera, Inc., a utility computing company.
Bob serves on the boards of directors of Raymond James Financial, Inc., Pitney Bowes Inc., US Foods Holding Corp., United Way Suncoast and the Moffitt Research Committee, as well as the advisory board of the University of South Florida Business School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Cornell University. He is also a recipient of the 2000 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizing distinguished American citizens.