The president and chief operating officer of Ingram Micro recently had “one of those ‘check the box’ experiences of a lifetime.”

To mark the distributor’s 10th anniversary of going public, Kevin Murai, together with the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, stood on the podium of the historic trading floor to ring the closing bell.

“It’s hard to find the right words to describe it,” said Murai.

But this Toronto-born and bred channel executive is no stranger to milestones.

Murai joined Ingram Micro in 1988 as a management information systems manager and shortly after also began to run the distribution operations along with customer service.

“One of the biggest accomplishments I’ve had through the first 10 years of my career with the company is the continued drive to become No. 1, and in 1998 we captured that position with sales in Canada exceeding $1 billion.”

Later that same year Murai was appointed president of the Canadian business, which, he said, was a major milestone in his career. Since 2000 Murai has been based in Ingram Micro’s Santa Ana, Calif. headquarters.

“When I look at the landscape of the company, we’re in a stronger position today than we’ve ever been.”

“It’s been a lot of hard work that has paid off,” he said.

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