Tech Data invests in talent development with Asia Pacific hire

Tech Data invests in talent development with Asia Pacific hire

Kraabel will report directly to Beth Simonetti, with dotted line reporting to William Chu.

Tech Data has revealed a key appointment to its human resources (HR) division in Asia Pacific, with Tom Kraabel taking the helm across the region.

Kraabel has regional responsibility for talent management and retention, organisational and performance management, training and development, in addition to succession planning, employee benefits, and compensation. 

Kraabel will report to Tech Data's senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Beth Simonetti, with dotted line reporting to Asia Pacific president, William Chu.

As vice president of human resources for Asia Pacific, Kraabel will lead the regional strategic direction and operations of the IT distributor's HR function from its regional headquarters in Singapore.

“Tom is an excellent addition to our Asia Pacific leadership team,” said Chu. “As we continue to transform our business and deliver new value to our partners, it is key that we have a highly skilled and experienced team that support this.

“Tom will draw from his wealth of knowledge and entrepreneurial nature to ensure our employees, our partners, and our business continue to grow and thrive,” added Chu.

A veteran with more than 20 years of HR experience, Kraabel held senior positions at Pall Corporation, MasterCard, Ingram Micro, and Honeywell across the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the US.

Kraabel is also a co-chair of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Human Capital Committee, with Bachelor’s degree in business from Luther College and a Master’s degree in HR and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business.

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