More than 2,500 pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings arranged for three-day event. Powerful platform to launch, build and manage ICT & CE channels in fast-growing Russia & CIS market

The exhibition area from DISTREE Russia & CIS 2012

SAINT PETERSBURG, PARIS and LONDON – DISTREE Russia & CIS is celebrating its tenth anniversary event this week. The three-day event, which starts today, is taking place at the Pulkovskaya Radisson in Saint Petersburg, Russia. More than 2,500 pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings have already been set-up between delegates using DISTREE Events’ advanced web planning software.

In total, 600-plus executives are confirmed to attend this year’s DISTREE Russia & CIS. This includes more than 150 senior retail buyers representing 110 retail chains operating in the region; senior executives from 70 top resellers, plus close to 300 representatives representing 90 ICT and consumer electronics (CE) vendors and distributors.

DISTREE Russia & CIS 2013 is supported by Platinum Sponsor Sony, Gold Sponsors AMD, Dell, S3 and Toshiba, plus Silver Sponsors Blackberry, Formoza, TP-Link and Ulmart. GfK is an official Event Partner and Content Partner. Additional Content Partners include CONTEXT, Kiki Lab – Ebeltoft Group, Ocean Solutions and VIA.

Frederic Simard, President and co-founder at DISTREE Events, commented: “This year’s event will unite senior executives from ICT and consumer electronics (CE) brands with the region’s most influential channel partners. DISTREE Russia & CIS offers maximum efficiency for all delegates by bringing together all of the channel’s main players in one place at one time.”

The Russian market for ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics (CE) products was worth more than US$40 billion in 2012, according to GfK. The sheer scale of the market and additional growth opportunities across the wider CIS region provide a powerful opportunity for vendors to engage with the key channel partners driving market development.

DISTREE Russia & CIS is far removed from a traditional trade show or exhibition. Using a unique format – developed by DISTREE Events and deployed in fast-growing emerging markets around the world – the three-day event allows each delegate to pre-schedule a personal agenda of one-on-one meetings based on their precise business needs.

Simard continued: “Through a compelling combination of one−on−one meetings, keynote speeches, awards, workshops, exhibition area, boardroom sessions and a programme of evening functions, DISTREE Russia & CIS offers delegates unique and powerful insight into the past, present and future challenges and opportunities in the Russia & CIS channel.”

This year’s DISTREE Russia & CIS event also includes a special 10th anniversary Gala Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 26th June, hosted by Platinum Sponsor Sony. This special evening function will feature a wide array of entertainment as DISTREE Events celebrates a decade of operations in the Russia & CIS region.

“We want to thank channel partners from across Russia & CIS for their continued support during the last decade,” added Simard. “The market has matured and grown during that time. It is inspiring to see how many of the vendors that participate have built significant, sustainable and effective channels in the region, using DISTREE Russia & CIS as a platform for their business development.”

About DISTREE Russia & CIS

DISTREE Russia & CIS is the ultimate professional networking event for senior executives from the consumer electronics, digital device and ICT products channel in the Russia & CIS region. DISTREE Russia & CIS is a focused event for channel executives based on the successful concept of bringing high-level buyers from emerging markets into productive contact with vendors. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @DISTREE_Russia

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