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Ingram Micro Supports RosettaNet for Adoption of Common Electronic Business Interfaces; Loans Two Executives to the Industry Group

SANTA ANA, Calif., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE:IM) , the world's leading wholesale distributor of technology products and services, today announced its support of RosettaNet, a global initiative to adopt common business interfaces created to advance information technology (IT) supply chain interaction worldwide. Ingram Micro has played a key role in the formation of the group, and is loaning two of its executives to RosettaNet.

"Many technology providers have developed their own product standards over time. If we can agree, as an industry, how we describe products and share information, it will result in vastly improved customer service through easier business transactions and increased efficiency in the supply chain," said David M. Carlson, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Ingram Micro Inc. "We look forward to working with our competitors and partners to accomplish this common goal because it will be of great benefit to our resellers and their end-user customers."

Ingram Micro is loaning two of its key electronic commerce experts to RosettaNet for two years. Fadi Chehade, Ingram Micro's vice president, global electronic business, will serve as RosettaNet's chief executive officer. Linda York, Ingram Micro's director of global electronic business, will serve as the group's vice president, operations. Chehade and York will work out of RosettaNet's newly established headquarters in Southern California.

"The lack of global, open and common electronic business interfaces has hampered the IT industry's ability to truly leverage the efficiencies brought about by the Internet," said Chehade. "RosettaNet addresses that head-on with a cadre of industry participants committed to make it happen quickly and pervasively."

About Ingram Micro Inc.

Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE:IM) , headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., is the world's leading wholesale distributor of technology products and services, and a leading provider of assembly and integration services, with 1997 sales of more than $16.5 billion. The company and its affiliates operate in 31 countries, distributing more than 145,000 products to more than 100,000 resellers in 120 countries. Ingram Micro can be found at

About RosettaNet

Founded in 1998, RosettaNet is an independent, self-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an industry-wide initiative to agree on and adopt common electronic business interfaces worldwide. The RosettaNet Managing Board consists of 28 individuals representing global members of the IT supply chain, including ABB, American Express, CHS Promark Electronicsi, Cisco Systems, CompUSA, Compaq, Computacenter, Computer 2000, Deutsche Financial, EDS, Federal Express, GE Information Services, GSA, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Ingram Micro Inc., Insight, Intel, Microage/EC Advantage, Microsoft, Netscape, Oracle, PC Order, SAP Technology, Tech Data, Tech Pacific, Toshiba Information Systems and United Parcel Service. RosettaNet can be found on the World Wide Web at

Ingram Micro is a trademark used under license by Ingram Micro. Inc. All other logos, brand names and product names are trademarks of their respective companies.

Source: Ingram Micro Inc.

Contact: Cindy Ragland, Media Relations of Ingram Micro Inc.,
714-382-3364; or Paula Holland or Tammie Caton of Edelman Public Relations
Worldwide, 650-968-4033, for Ingram Micro Inc.; or Linda York of RosettaNet,
714-480-3820, for Ingram Micro Inc.



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