Biggest Companies of the 2012 Inc. 5000

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CDW

Thomas Richards, CEO
Vernon Hills, Ill.

No. 4,579
2011 Revenue: $9.6 billion
Three-Year Growth: 18.97%

One of the Inc. 5000 companies with the highest revenue last year, CDW lands on the list again. Founded in 1984 as one of the first businesses to market computers directly to customers, CDW has grown to over 6,700 employees, and now offers complex technologies that include virtualization, data center optimization, and cloud computing. Thomas Richards joined the company as president and COO in 2009, and became CEO in 2011, the same year the company ranked No. 4,834 on the Inc. 5000.