Exclusive står stadigt!

[KANALPARTNER] Group marks new ‘Independence Day’ by completing investment transaction with Permira, maintaining its undiluted business approach and aggressive growth trajectory.

Exclusive Group, the value-added services and technologies
(VAST) group, today renewed its declaration of independence by completing a major
investment transaction with funds advised by private investment firm, Permira. Rather than
dilute its distinctive, value-oriented approach by consolidating with other major VAD players,
this catalyst will enable Exclusive Group to extend its vision and create the world’s largest
global specialist VAD in cyber and cloud transformation, with a target to reach $10bn annual
revenue in the years ahead.

Olivier Breittmayer, CEO at Exclusive Group, said: “Cybersecurity and cloud are the leading
business priorities in this age of digital transformation, both as separate disciplines but –
even more so – joined together as a co-dependent whole. Both sectors are becoming
increasingly complex, and both suffer from a huge lack of skills & knowledge. The Industry
needs a VAD that can fill this gap and we aim to do that. We believe we have the right and
relevant focus; vendors, services and skill sets to build a compelling offer for channel
partners and vendors to realise significant profitable growth.”

By pursuing a specialist focus in cyber and cloud, Exclusive Group is addressing the widening
global shortage in skills and knowledge among channel partners and end-user organisations
to enable the desired pace and success of digital transformation. “We have some of the best
people in the world and by far the highest ratio of engineers of any distributor in our class,”
added Breittmayer. “We also have the greatest track record of ensuring local, regional and
global market success for disruptive technologies. Our strategy will see us continue to build
out the strongest possible vendor portfolio in our ‘cyber super centres’ and ‘cloud
competency centres’ – across all relevant segments – and expand our service offerings and
global footprint to meet the demands of any project.”

Michail Zekkos, Partner in the technology team at Permira commented; “Exclusive Group’s
unrivalled focus and commitment to cyber and cloud is very exciting and we are delighted to
partner with the company. We believe that enterprise cloud and cybersecurity will continue
to rapidly converge, creating a tremendous market opportunity for the company to enable
that transition while positioning its channel partners at its forefront. Preserving the
entrepreneurial spirit and independence of the business while continuing to innovate with
speed and at scale will be key to executing on its next phase of growth.”