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Avnet Services Collaborates With Specialisterne Spain to Provide Employment for People with Autism


Avnet to employ skills of Specialisterne consultants on SAP System Administrative tasks for customers across Europe

Bracknell, England, 6 March 2014:

Avnet Services, the dedicated services business of Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distributor and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced a partnership with Specialisterne, S.L, to employ the skills of people with autism to provide SAP System Administrative support for Avnet customers throughout Europe.

The strategic partnership with Specialisterne will see a team of specialised IT business consultants, all of whom have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, performing tasks including system monitoring and authorisation management, among others. Specialisterne provides assessment and training for people with autism, the goal being to help them secure meaningful employment in the IT sector. 

“Working with Specialisterne builds on our successful relationship with SAP and provides our European customers with additional systems support. The attention to detail, strong logical thinking and analytical skills of the Specialisterne consultants will help increase the value of the services we offer our customers, whilst providing employment opportunities for people who often face obstacles when entering the labour market,” commented Christian Magirus, vice president, Services, Avnet Technology Solutions.

“We’re very excited to launch this partnership,” says Thorkil Sonne, Specialisterne founder and chairman of the board. “We see a great opportunity here both for Avnet and for the Spanish Specialisterne operations. Specialisterne and SAP entered into a global partnership last year to employ people with autism in SAP Labs around the globe.  Partnering with Avnet is therefore a natural step for us to take on our journey to create one million jobs worldwide for people with autism.”

Avnet Services is a SAP Gold Partner in Europe and has an excellent track record delivering projects across Europe and the United States.


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. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $10.36 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2013. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ats.avnet.com/

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 globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 29, 2013, Avnet generated revenue of $25.5 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

About Specialisterne
Specialisterne is a socially innovative company, and one of the first companies in the world with a team of specialised IT business consultants, all of whom have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Founded in Denmark in 2004, Specialisterne has offices in 12 different countries, established partnerships with a number of key global operations, such as SAP, and has been operating in Spain since July 2013. Specialisterne provides assessment and training for people with autism, the goal being to help them secure meaningful employment in the Information Technologies sector. Specialisterne harnesses the unique skill set of people with autism - attention to detail, strong logical and analytical skills, an above-average ability to concentrate for long periods of time, diligence and zero-fault tolerance - to provide quality business services to the corporate sector. These services range from low-complexity tasks such as data entry, to highly complex software testing, quality assurance and development.

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