Tim Curran, CEO, GTDC

Timothy J. Curran has more than three decades of leadership experience in high-tech sales, strategic planning and reseller channel management. As chief executive officer of the Global Technology Distribution Council, he is responsible for the strategic direction of an international trade association that represents members with more than $130 billion in annual sales.

In his role, Curran champions the value that distributors provide to their vendor partners, solution providers and investors, while strengthening partnerships and addressing industry-wide issues and opportunities. He has been a featured speaker at industry events around the world, explaining distributors’ transformative capabilities in the wake of constantly changing business and technology landscapes.

Curran also has spearheaded launches of the GTDC’s sales-out data collection and reporting initiatives in North America, LATAM and Europe; a comprehensive distribution education program; and he oversees numerous executive-level events, service partnerships and industry research.

Before being appointed to the GTDC in 2002, Curran was senior vice president of sales at Tech Data, the world’s second-largest provider of IT products and logistics services, where he led an organization with more than 1,100 sales, technical support and customer service representatives strategically aligned in dedicated divisions focused on specialized reseller needs. Before Tech Data, he was vice president and group general manager of Panasonic Computer Peripherals Company.

His industry expertise also includes serving as vice chairman of CompTIA, a reseller trade group, and as a member of the editorial board at CRN, the industry’s leading trade publication. He is an adjunct professor at University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, and a leadership coach at Eckerd College’s Leadership Development Institute. His international background includes experience in Japan and Southeast Asia on economic issues relative to the computer industry and as a research consultant on U.S.-Japan economic relations.

Curran earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and he completed his doctorate in international political economics at Columbia University.

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