Musical Chairs Continues at Arrow

Kevin Gilroy, who headed Arrow Electronics' Enterprise Computer Solutions Group for the past 15 months, is leaving for personal reasons. He's the fourth person to hold the top position in the last two years.

Andy Bryant, a former Avnet executive, will replace Gilroy. Arrow CEO Michael Long thanked Gilroy for his service in a prepared statement. That statement is short on specifics, so it's difficult to know whether Gilroy's departure is linked to an upcoming Arrow earnings conference call scheduled for April 23. Gilroy, a former HP executive, certainly knows the channel and enterprise market well, but his knowledge of the electronics distribution business was limited.

Even so, this is not great news for Arrow, which is having a problem finding and keeping an executive in that key position. The division just launched a new business group focused on midmarket solutions. Bryant may bring some stability to the ECS division, but he'd got a difficult path to navigate, given the past turnover in the grouo.

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