Softchoice Corporation

Softchoice Corporation

February 02, 2011 16:44 ET

Softchoice Mourns the Loss of Lawrence G. Tapp, Chairman of the Softchoice Board

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 2, 2011) - Softchoice Corporation (TSX:SO) wishes to express its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Lawrence G. Tapp who passed away suddenly on Monday of this week.

"On behalf of Softchoice and our board of directors, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to Larry's family and friends, and to his wife, Joanne," said Bill Linton, Vice Chair of the Softchoice Board. "We have lost an esteemed colleague and while we will dearly miss his guidance and leadership, we will always be grateful for his years of service, his friendship and for the many contributions he has made to Softchoice's business and people."

Mr. Tapp joined Softchoice's board of directors in 2002 after a long and noteworthy career that included an eight-year term as the Dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Tapp was elected Chairman of the Softchoice board in 2007. During his tenure, Mr. Tapp provided vital counsel during a period of major organizational transformation. His legacy includes helping to guide the transition of Softchoice from a 'software-only' reseller to one of North America's largest solutions and services providers.

"I am profoundly thankful for the mentorship Larry gave to me personally and to the other members of our senior leadership team," said David MacDonald, President and CEO of Softchoice. "Larry's guidance on strategic acquisitions and during the rapid growth and change of our business was invaluable as was his commitment to ensuring good corporate governance at every step. He will be greatly missed."

Mr. Tapp was active on a number of boards, including Automation Tooling Systems Inc., Talisman Energy, Comcare Health Services and the B.C. Section of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. In recognition of his work in support of aquatic sports in Canada, Mr. Tapp was elected to the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1989.

Softchoice will be announcing a successor for Mr. Tapp in the coming weeks.

About Softchoice

As a leading North American provider of technology solutions and services, Softchoice combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions provider. Softchoice's holistic approach to technology includes solution design, implementation and asset management services, as well as providing access to one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective technology distribution networks in North America. With over 850 employees located in more than 40 branch offices, Softchoice manages the technology needs of more than 15,000 corporate and public sector organizations across the United States and Canada.

Softchoice stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the trading symbol "SO." The common shares of Softchoice are not registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and are not publicly traded in the United States.

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