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Axel Hartstang has been named president of electronic components
distributor Avnet Electronics Marketing (EM)/ Europe, Middle East and
Africa (EMEA). Hartstang, formerly president and CEO of EBV Elektronik,
replaces George Smith in Europe. Smith has moved to Avnet Computer
Marketing, as its European president. Hartstang reports to Brian Hilton,
co-president of Avnet EM Global.

Hartstang joined Avnet when it acquired the Munich-based EBV Group, a
pan-European semiconductor specialist distributor, as part of the VEBA
Electronics Distribution Group acquisition on Oct. 31, 2000. He is a
veteran in the semiconductor industry, with more than 23 years of
experience in sales, marketing and operations management at Texas
Instruments, Motorola and EBV. He was also recently elected a corporate
officer of Avnet, Inc. by the company's board of directors and also now
serves on the EM EMEA Management Board.

Hartstang joined EBV as president and CEO in early 1998, and over the last
three years implemented a solid strategy for the EBV Group. "Under his
leadership, the EBV Group has just completed two enormously successful
years in sales growth, profits and market share," Hilton said. "We are
delighted to have Axel's special management talent to help steer Avnet
EM's course for the future."

Avnet Electronics Marketing (EM) is the largest operating group of
Phoenix, Ariz.-based Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company with
annual sales exceeding $10 billion. One of the world's largest
distributors of semiconductors, interconnect, passive and
electromechanical components from leading manufacturers, Avnet EM markets,
inventories and adds value to these products and provides world-class
supply-chain management and engineering design services. Avnet EM serves
customers in 63 countries. The company's Web site is located at www.

Contact : Jan Jurcy, Public Relations Dir., Avnet, Inc.

(480) 643-7642

In Europe, Contact: Petra Mayer, Brodeur Kohtes & Klewes

Munich, Germany


Georg Steinberger

EBV Elektronik GmbH


Didier Gerfaud

Director, Marketing Communications, Avnet EM EMEA

33 (0) 1-49-65-26-51

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