Steve Raymund

Founder and Former Chairman/CEO of TechData
Steven A Raymund

Steve Raymund

Founder and Former Chairman/CEO of TechData


Steven A. (Steve) Raymund served as chairman of the board of directors of Tech Data, a Fortune 108 corporation based in Clearwater, Florida from 1991 until his retirement in June of this year. Tech Data distributes high tech products from leading suppliers such as HP, Cisco, and Apple to resellers in the Americas and Europe. He retired from the CEO position in October of 2006 after serving the company for 25 years – 20 of those years as CEO. During Steve’s tenure, Tech Data’s revenues grew from $2 million in 1981 to some $21 billion in 2006. 

Steve is also a director of Jabil, Inc. and WESCO International, Inc. He has been a director of Jabil, Inc. since 1996 and is chairman of their audit committee. Jabil is an $18.4 billion diversified electronics contract manufacturer based in St. Petersburg, Florida, with operations around the globe. In 2006, Steve joined the board of WESCO International, Inc., a $7.3 billion distributor of electrical products based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steve is chairman of WESCO’s audit committee. 

In 2016, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recognized Steve on their NACD Directorship 100 annual list of leading corporate directors, corporate-governance experts, policymakers, and influencers who significantly impact boardroom practices and performance. List nominees were evaluated in four key categories: integrity, mature confidence, informed judgment, and high-performance standards.

Active in the community, Steve also serves on the board of trustees of John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Inc.; the board of advisors for the Moffitt Cancer Center; the board of trustees of the University of Oregon Foundation; and the board of directors of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc.

Steve’s areas of expertise include,

Global Management and Leadership: Tech Data operates in North America, Europe, and South America, where Steve has worked on issues relating to compliance, strategy, oversight of business operations and coordination of complex regional integration. As a board member of Jabil, Steve has traveled to Mexico and China many times to visit factories and review operations.

Distribution: Steve has extensive experience at Tech Data partnering with the world’s largest IT manufacturers to represent and sell their products on three continents. As a WESCO board member, Steve has applied much of his distribution experience and learning to assist and oversee management in industrial markets.

Compliance and Audit: Steve serves as chairman of two Fortune 500 public company audit committees and has gained invaluable real-world experience in helping companies manage risk and compliance.

Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is fluent in Portuguese and currently divides his time between St Pete Beach, FL and Telluride, CO.

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