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Press Release

19 February 2008

Bracknell, UK

Sun Microsystems Channel Development Partner of the Year 2007 makes new appointment

Avnet Technology Solutions Ltd (Avnet) is pleased to announce that Eric Murphy has been appointed Sales Director of the Avnet Sun Division UK and Ireland.

This appointment is effective immediately and is designed to strengthen Avnet Technology Solutions’ position as the largest distributor of Sun Microsystems technology and services in the UK. In fact Avnet won Channel Development Partner (CDP) of the Year 2007 at Sun’s annual CxO Partner Awards in London at the end of last year.

“Avnet is the largest Sun distributor worldwide in terms of revenue generated via our business partners” said Matthew Gower, Vice President of sales UK, Ireland and Nordic at Avnet. “Because of the size and resources available throughout the Avnet organisation we are able to match the structure of Sun’s product business groups which means closer collaboration between vendor and distributor. In both EMEA and the UK, Avnet Technology Solutions has a talented team capable of tapping into the extensive programmes and incentives available from Sun and presenting them to the benefit of local business partners. Eric brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the role of Sales Director and under his leadership we intend to build on our success last year by continuing to develop existing business partners and acquiring new ones.”

Eric Murphy joined Avnet in May 2007 as an Account Manager and has eight years experience in the Sun distribution business.

Eric Murphy commented, “Our aim at Avnet is to enable business partners to sell solutions by attaching systems, storage, software or services to existing skill sets and offerings. By building a virtual team to include our contacts within Sun, Avnet and the business partner we are able to deliver outstanding customer service and innovative technology to meet customer needs. Winning Sun’s CDP of the Year 2007 award was a proud achievement and great recognition of the success of our team and our partners. We are in great shape to build on the success of last year and deliver more incremental business for Sun and our partners during 2008.”

The annual Sun Microsystems CxO Partner Awards are granted in the UK and Ireland as part of the SunSM Partner Advantage Program, which is open to independent software vendors (ISVs) resellers, channel partners, systems integrators and service providers.


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Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) representing US$6 billion in annual revenue for calendar year 2007, with locations in more than 30 countries. As a global technology sales and marketing organization, Avnet Technology Solutions has sales divisions focused on specific customer segments and a select line card strategy enabling an exceptional level of attention to the needs of its customers and suppliers. Visit

For more information please contact:

Avnet Technology Solutions

Linda Patterson, Marketing Director

Tel: +44 (0)1344 662000


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