Synnex toasts CEO Kee Ong's $1.5 billion decade

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Synnex toasts CEO Kee Ong's $1.5 billion decade
Synnex executives Bob Tang, Kee Ong and Darren Tan

The Synnex Australia executive team surprised long-serving chief executive Kee Ong at the staff Christmas party last Thursday night with a special award to recognise his 10 years in the top job.

Company chief financial officer Bob Tang said that the year Kee Ong took over, in 2005, Synnex was a $500 million company. It cracked $1 billion in 2009; this year it broke through the $2 billion barrier.

"Synnex's achievements are not because of me. It is because of team Synnex," said Ong. "And more importantly, it is because of vendor support –  all of the vendors partners who support us so we can achieve our number together."

[Photos: Synnex celebrates Christmas]

The growth in 2015 came despite Synnex only adding four people to its headcount, which is around 430 staff. "Our revenue-per-headcount is very, very high in the market," said Ong. He revealed that Synnex expects to grow headcount by 10 percent in the year ahead.

The CEO told guests to expect "another big wave of transformations", including its growth of cloud. "We will be there, we will not miss this opportunity."

In a corporate video, the distributor broke out some of its other claims to fame. The company processes 6,500 orders per day nationally, with 40 percent of its shipments now being driven through its Sydney warehouse, which was opened in August 2014 at a cost $45 million.

The distributor previously revealed to CRN that the facility is already at 80 percent capacity already and could soon be expanded.

Synnex also staked its claim as the only distie in Australia to stock all three major operating systems: Windows, Apple and Google.

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