Kevin Murai assumes the presidency of Synnex

After eight months serving as co-CEO of Synnex with its president and founder, Bob Huang, the distributor announced that Kevin Murai will be assuming the president's role and will the sole CEO, effective Dec. 1.

That's the date that Huang will step back from day to day operations at the distributor and take on the role of chairman of the Synnex board of directors. Murai has also been named chairman of the executive committee.

Huang's retirement and Murai's appointment are the culmination of a succession plan put in place when Murai joined Synnex as co-CEO in April. At the time, Murai had been enjoying a brief retirement after stepping-down as president and COO of Ingram Micro in January, following a 20-year career with the rival distributor.

In an interview with CDN following Tuesday's announcement, Murai said he's thrilled about how smoothly the eight-month transition process proceeded.

"It's been going very well," said Murai. "Bob Huang has been very supportive in helping me get to this point, both in terms of learning about the company in a lot more detail, but also leaving me alone to start developing my own relationships with people in the company and getting to know how the company works."

Murai added that, during his time with Ingram Micro, he got to know Synnex and Huang and developed strong respect for Huang and what he accomplished building the business.