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By | Paul Kunert 4th March 2014 12:59

Ingram Micro veteran returns to... Ingram Micro

Bhavesh Patel made 'European god of all things beautiful'

Distribution veteran Bhavesh Patel has re-joined Ingram Micro (IM) as exec director of global business development for the Mobility side of the house.

Patel took leave from the broadline tech distie in spring 2009 to hook up with his former IM UK boss Meine Oldersma at comms wholesaler 2020 Mobile Group.

But 2020 was acquired by mobility distie Brightstar in December and late last month Patel returned to his old stomping ground, though in a European rather than national role.

Major tech distributors have placed bets on the mobility space with Tech Data setting up a joint venture with BrightStar in Europe, which it now owns outright - TD Mobility - and IM shelling out $850m on BrightPoint.

The management at Brightstar re-entered Europe via the 2020 acquisition in December, rebranding as Brightstar 2020, led in the UK by Jim Michel, former local head of TD Mobility.

Patel rekindles his affair with IM at a time when the firm going through the most significant restructure in its European history to cut costs.

A source at a rival told us, "it is wonderful to see Bhavesh back [in the IT channel], he is going to be the European god of all things beautiful".

Popular channel figure Patel was unavailable to comment at the time of writing. ®

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