John (“JT”) Tonnison has served Tech Data’s Executive Vice President and Worldwide CIO since 2009, and has held the additional responsibility as leader of the strategy and go-to-market execution of the company’s worldwide cloud business since July 2015. He is responsible for the
company’s worldwide business systems technology, application software, e-business and IT operations, as well as the commercial direction of the corporation’s cloud offerings. These responsibilities encompass Tech Data’s global SAP ERP rollout and Center of Excellence, supporting 96% of the global business, and the web and e-commerce services that transact more than ¾ of the worldwide sales activity.
JT joined Tech Data in 2001 as Vice President, Worldwide E-Business, leading the development of Tech Data's E-Business strategy and tools and was subsequently promoted through regional IT leadership roles until his CIO appointment in 2009.
Tonnison started his IT career in the UK with a software development company, Mancos, as a Cobol developer and analyst for enterprise software in the Digital Equipment Corporation ecosystem. Subsequently joining one of his customers in the high-tech wholesale area he has held executive management positions in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Germany with TSN, Ameriquest, Log 2000 and Frontline Distribution. In the late nineties and into early 2001 he was working in a West Coast ASP (Application Service Provider) startup, with venture funding from Microsoft and Cisco, focused on small business vertical market solutions.
In April 2015, Tonnison was named to Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders list. A dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusion, he was recognized by the Florida Diversity Council with their LGBT Leadership Award in 2014, honored with the Silver Medallion Award by Community Tampa Bay in May 2015 and as an Outstanding Voice by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in its 2016 Business of Pride event. He serves on the board of Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce and the advisory board of Equality Means Business.