New CEO, sales chief at Ingram Entertainment

David Ingram yields operational control, staying on as chairman

David Ingram has stepped out of his day-to-day leadership role at Ingram Entertainment, the national wholesaler of movies, video games and other entertainment products that rang up 2011 sales of $549 million.

Taking over as president and CEO of the La Vergne-based company is Robert Webb, who was until recently executive vice president of purchasing and operations. Webb has been with the company since 1987, when he came aboard of product manager, and also is a director of DBI Beverage, a sister company to Ingram Entertainment that also is owned by David Ingram.

In addition, Robert Geistman has been promoted to executive VP of sales and marketing, while W. Donnie Daniel, who previously was executive VP and CFO, has been elected vice chairman. Ingram is retaining the chairman’s role.

Geistman joined Ingram Entertainment as part of the company’s acquisition of Commtron in 1992. He has risen through the ranks in sales and marketing and was in January 2006 named senior VP of sales and marketing.

“Webb and Geistman have demonstrated strong leadership in our company and within our industry. Both promotions are part of our long-term succession plan to retain and cultivate top talent,” said Ingram. “Although I will continue to be involved with Ingram Entertainment, I will depend on these two leaders to manage the company.”

Ingram Entertainment has 10,000 client accounts including big-name retail chains Kroger, Safeway and Toys R Us.