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Channel Leader Jim Dixon Joins IT Hall of Fame

Aug 24, 2016

Former CEO of CompuCom Systems Praised by Industry Colleagues for his Business, Leadership and Personal Skills

San Antonio, Texas – Jim Dixon, the “Comeback King” of the information technology (IT) channel, has joined his many of his industry peers and contemporaries in the IT Hall of Fame.

Dixon, the former CEO, chairman and executive chair of CompuCom Systems Inc., accepted the honor alongside of his family and friends during IT Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held in conjunction with the XChange 2016 event here Tuesday night.

“The IT Hall of Fame inspired my career early on,” Dixon said in accepting the honor. “Being named to the Hall is an honor that I cherish. From my rookie year at IBM to my retirement at CompuCom, the admiration I hold for this industry and the people that define it is immense, and I am eternally grateful to be a member of the IT Hall of Fame. Thank you to CompTIA, The Channel Company and the IT channel community for your support, friendship and inspiration over the last four decades.”

“Jim Dixon is a true leader with an exceptional record of professional success and heart,” said Frank Vitagliano, vice chairman of the CompTIA Board of Directors and vice president, global channel strategies and programs for Dell. “He also happens to be one of the most fun and inspired personalities in the IT industry.”

Dixon served as CEO of CompuCom from 1987 to 1996, growing the firm from $150 million to more than $1.5 billion. He rejoined CompuCom as CEO in 2004, transforming the public company into a private IT outsourcing powerhouse through a series of mergers and acquisitions. Dixon retired as CEO in May 2013 and served as chairman and then vice chairman until early 2015.

“When the channel was still in its formative years during the 1980’s, Jim Dixon was one of the first big brand channel CEOs and he continued to evolve with the industry,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “Jim is an exceptional innovator and leader because of his integrity, enthusiasm and straight talk.” 

Throughout his career, Dixon made it a priority to focus on the “people side of the business” and kept customer satisfaction and company culture top priorities.

“CompTIA is honored to celebrate the inspiration, ingenuity, visionary nature and transformative leadership that has made Jim Dixon the IT channel’s ‘Comeback King,’” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “The IT Hall of Fame honors the careers and contributions of our industry’s top innovators and leaders. Future industry leaders seeking sources of inspiration and motivation need look no further than to Jim Dixon, who represents the best the IT channel has to offer.”

Also joining the IT Hall of Fame this year are Diane Greene, a founder and former CEO of VMware and currently the senior vice president for Google's cloud businesses; and James Gosling, a Canadian computer scientist best known as the father of the Java programming language.

Founded in 1997 by CRN, the IT Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions or provided exceptional service to the IT channel, as well as those responsible for outstanding technology innovations or business transformations. The IT Hall of Fame has been administered by CompTIA since 2010.

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