Ingram Micro has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire French cybersecurity value added distributor (VAD), Abbakan, as part of the expansion of its cybersecurity business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The acquisition of Abbakan expands Ingram Micro’s network of system integrators and telecommunications companies across France.
Sophie Deleval, Chief Executive for Ingram Micro France, added: “This acquisition cements the transformation we initiated two years ago to strengthen our ability to support our partners in developing their business and stay relevant and sustainable. Abbakan’s and Ingram Micro’s teams will combine their expertise, dynamism and engagement to provide an outstanding value proposition to the exciting market in which we operate.”
Abbakan is a leading cybersecurity value added distributor in France. The company provides cybersecurity solutions through a network of partners across the country through its headquarters in Paris and offices in Lille, Lyon, Toulouse and several other locations. Abbakan’s existing customers will now also have access to Ingram Micro’s wider portfolio of cybersecurity solutions and network of experts.
Abbakan CEO, Jean-Charles Vasseur, said: “We are pleased to join forces with Ingram Micro, one of the largest multinational companies with a clear focus on the needs of cybersecurity.”
Abbakan GM, Franck Navarro, added: “This will strengthen our resources and widen our reach across France and, through its global footprint, give our existing vendors and customers a stronger support system.”
Ingram Micro Senior Vice President and Chief Executive META & Cybersecurity EMEA, Dr Ali Baghdadi, commented: “Cybersecurity is high priority for Ingram Micro. One of our global initiatives is establishing Centers of Excellence (COE) around the globe and this strategic acquisition provides us with the opportunity to further enhance our value-added capabilities, while expanding our cybersecurity footprint across France and the rest of EMEA.”
Abbakan will retain its current management and team as part of the expanded Ingram Micro operations in France. The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory and other closing conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019.