Bob Dutkowsky joined Tech Data in 2006 as chief executive officer (CEO) and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. In June 2017, he was elected chairman. In his role as CEO, Dutkowsky is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and oversees all aspects of the company’s extensive worldwide technology distribution operations. He has more than 30 years of experience in the information technology (IT) industry, including senior executive positions in sales, marketing and channel distribution with leading manufacturers and software publishers IBM, EMC and J.D. Edwards.
Dutkowsky began his IT career in 1977 when he joined IBM as a salesman. During his 20 years with IBM, his rise through the ranks included various sales and marketing and general management positions and tenures as director, software and services; vice president, product marketing; executive assistant to former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner; vice president, distribution, IBM Asia/Pacific and vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, RS/6000 product line. In 1997, Dutkowsky joined EMC as executive vice president, markets and channels and was promoted to president, data general in 1999. During his time at EMC, the company’s annual revenues grew from $2 billion to $9 billion. In 2000, he was named president, chairman and CEO of GenRad, a manufacturer of electronic test equipment, where he led the company to a successful merger with Teradyne. In 2002, Dutkowsky served as chairman, president and CEO of J.D. Edwards until the company’s acquisition by PeopleSoft. Immediately prior to joining Tech Data, he was Chairman, President and CEO of Egenera, Inc., a utility computing company.
Dutkowsky serves on the board of directors for U.S. Foods, United Way Suncoast and Moffitt Foundation, and he serves on the advisory board of the University of South Florida Business School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Cornell University, and is also a recipient of the 2000 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizing distinguished American citizens.