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Avnet Technology Solutions Appoints Henry Godwin as Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa


Dubai, UAE, 19 September 2011:

Avnet Technology Solutions, an IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today named Henry Godwin as regional director for the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Godwin will be responsible for the strategic direction of Avnet Technology Solutions in the region. Godwin will report to Graeme Watt, President of Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA.

“Henry Godwin was selected for this position based on a proven track record in setting up new supplier franchises and driving exceptional results in terms of market share growth and profitability,” said Watt. “He is a high achiever who consistently delivers more than what is asked of him. Henry’s ability to build teams and work with channel partners will help Avnet continue to grow throughout the region, and allow us to create new opportunities for our partners in these markets.”

Godwin joins Avnet from Computacenter, where he was head of category, responsible for product categories spanning the data centre, networking and software. Before working for Computacenter Godwin was vendor divisional leader at Bell Microproducts, where he reported directly to the European Board and was responsible for achieving the revenue and profit targets of the company’s HP business in the UK, and Symantec in EMEA. Throughout his career, Godwin has become known for developing strong vendor relationships and support teams, exceptional supply chain management and an ability to deliver specialized data center solutions that provide partners with a competitive edge in their target markets.

“The Middle East and Africa region remains an emerging market with high growth potential for the IT channel,” Watt added. “Henry will help accelerate the growth of Avnet’s channel in the region by implementing localized programs and developing complete multi-vendor data centre solutions for our partners that include servers, storage, software, and value-added services.”


About Avnet Technology Solutions

As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the business needs of their end-user customers locally and around the world. For fiscal year 2011, the group served customers and suppliers in more than 70 countries and generated US $11.5 billion in annual revenue. Avnet Technology Solutions (www.ats.avnet.com) is an operating group of Avnet, Inc.. Visit: www.ts.avnet.com/ae.


About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers around the world by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 2, 2011, Avnet generated revenue of $26.5 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.


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