Exclusive Group Acquires Canadian VAD To Expand Presence Across North America

Laurent Daudré-Vignier takes helm as SVP North America as acquisition
of Vancouver-based Fine Tec Canada increases global footprint and
complements existing US operations

PARIS & VANCOUVER, Canada–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Exclusive Group, the value-added services and technologies (VAST) group,
today announced the acquisition of leading Canadian cybersecurity VAD,
Fine Tec Canada, to complement its existing US presence and expand
global coverage to the whole of North America. The deal coincides with
the appointment of Exclusive Group veteran Laurent Daudré-Vignier as SVP
North America to oversee and grow operations across the region. Together
this enables vendor, GSI and reseller partners with a complete solution
for North American value-added distribution services, and boosts the
company’s aggressive global growth trajectory.

“Our success in North America to date has been critical to executing our
global strategy, and our intention has always been to build on our US
presence with the addition of a leading specialist VAD in the Canadian
market,” said Olivier Breittmayer, CEO at Exclusive Group. “We are
focused on growing our regional presence, and will benefit from
Laurent’s outstanding leadership experience in this area. Fine Tec
Canada has a strong local reputation for cybersecurity value-added
distribution, with a committed and like-minded group of individuals who
will be right at home among our team.”

Headquartered in Vancouver, one of Canada’s primary technology centres,
Fine Tec Canada operates throughout the country’s vast interior working
closely with over 100 reseller partners. Its main vendor partners
include Fortinet – a core strategic partner for Exclusive Group. As part
of the acquisition, key management including current CEO Jeff Wu – who
becomes Country Manager for Exclusive Networks Canada, reporting to
Laurent Daudré-Vignier – will remain in their roles to ensure continuity
and execute on an accelerated growth plan for the business.

“Exclusive stands apart by demonstrating unique value both within local
markets and on a global scale, and I am delighted to head up our
enlarged North American operations as we target continued growth across
this region,” said Laurent Daudré-Vignier, SVP North America at
Exclusive Group. “I look forward to working with the Fine Tec Canada
team and bringing them into the Exclusive family. As the 10th
largest economy in the world, Canada represents a huge market
opportunity for our partner base and we are confident in the success we
can achieve over the coming years.”

“This is fantastic news for the Fine Tec Canada team and partner
ecosystem, and demonstrates the global attractiveness of our unique VAD
proposition,” said Jeff Wu, Founder and CEO at Fine Tec Canada. “In
particular, our growing community of reseller partners stands to enjoy
significant opportunities arising from access to the wider Exclusive
Networks vendor portfolio and comprehensive range of value-based
services. We also believe there is huge scope to leverage the worldwide
capabilities of the Exclusive Group to win more major international

The acquisition of Fine Tec Canada comes 18 months after Exclusive
Group’s acquisition of its US-based VAD namesake, Fine Tec – a
separately owned and staffed organisation, but with similar business
models, operating principles and vendor portfolios.


About Exclusive Group

Exclusive Group is building the world’s biggest specialist VAD in
cybersecurity and cloud transformation. Through its best-in-class
portfolio of market leaders and disruptive challengers, unique
reputation for innovative technology expertise, and global services and
logistics infrastructure, Exclusive Group creates opportunities across
the channel ecosystem by bridging skills gaps in cyber and cloud. With
50+ offices across five continents, and presence in over 100 countries,
Exclusive Group is the global value-added services and technologies
(VAST) group with a hybrid distribution model that is optimised for
volume but differentiated by value. Find out more at www.exclusive-group.com.

About Fine Tec Canada

Fine Tec Canada optimises business for IT security & Network solution
vendors, resellers, and their customers—end to end. Starting as a
value-added distributor (VAD) in the year 2000, Fine Tec Canada has
become the heart of an ecosystem comprised of leading and emerging
technology vendors who provide network-security and data-integrity
solutions for our broad network of resellers across Canada. We’ve done
this by maximising sales opportunities for our partners while removing
the hurdles that impede business transactions from before the sale to
after the deployment.


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