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WWT's Ben Boswell Featured on CRN's A-List 2018

Ben Boswell, Director of EMEA for WWT, was included in CRN's annual A-List, which features the most recognizable figures in the UK channel.

Ben Boswell, Director of EMEA for WWT, was included in CRN's annual A-List, which features the most recognizable figures in the UK channel.

Posted by CRN on November 19, 2017:

Which tech figurehead do you admire the most?

Jim Kavanaugh, chief executive of Worldwide Technology. His will to win, relentless drive for innovation, combined with his mandate for hiring the most talented people, that differentiate themselves not only by their knowledge but the way in which they approach the customer. He has an unparalleled passion for learning, a natural ability for creating market disruption and differention by embracing change. Jim inspires his team through his simple company mission, to be "a profitable, growth company, that is a great place to work". It's like a "three-legged stool" - take one leg away and it immediately falls over.

What's the biggest challenge facing the industry no-one is talking about yet?

The channel must evolve quickly to stay relevant. I believe that both customers and manufacturers are becoming frustrated with the diluted role that large global partners are playing in the wider ecosystem. Being a point of product procurement is not enough; partners need to have a point of view, deliver value quickly and be more accountable for helping customers to drive innovation to deliver faster, tangible business outcomes.

If you could invite three famous people to dinner, who would they be?

Nile Rodgers, Nelson Mandela and Robin Williams.

How has 2017 been for you?

One word: amazing. My wife and I overcame all of the odds to become proud parents to a beautiful baby girl. On the professional front, WWT won third place in the UK 2017 "Great Place to Work" awards, our global customer base continues to grow, and our European business is on track to break through the $750m mark in 2017. I am humbled to be surrounded by so many fun, inspirational friends and colleagues all around the globe.

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