AVNET COMPUTER MARKETING ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE IN EUROPE Tuesday 9 January 2001 PDF Print Avnet Computer Marketing (CM), an operating group of global electronic components and computer products distributor Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), today announced the appointment of George Smith as president, Avnet Computer Marketing, Europe. An Avnet veteran of over 22 years, Mr. Smith has held several executive management positions within the company, most recently as president of Avnet Electronics Marketing (EM), Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for two-and-a-half years. Prior to his recent role within EM, Smith led CM in its initial expansion efforts into Europe in 1997. "George has a proven track record of leadership and success in the States and abroad," said Andy Bryant, president, Avnet Computer Marketing, Worldwide. "His extensive knowledge and understanding of our business, with emphasis on customer and supplier partnering, will allow his impact to be significant and immediate." Since 1997, Avnet CM has continually expanded its two-tier distribution presence throughout Europe, and today provides extensive value-added support of the reseller community on a pan-European basis. Current operations are located in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Key supplier partnerships include IBM, Compaq, Unisys and SUN Microsystems, with partnerships varying on a country-by-country basis. "My immediate focus will be on continued operational excellence and customer satisfaction," said Smith. "Avnet CM has developed an excellent model designed specifically to support the growing needs of the European reseller community, and I'm anxious to further extend this model profitably on a pan-European basis." Mr. Smith replaces Ken Moss who has elected to pursue opportunities outside of Avnet. - ends - ABOUT AVNET COMPUTER MARKETING Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., Avnet Computer Marketing is a $2.7 billion operating group of Phoenix, Ariz.-based Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT). Avnet Computer Marketing, Europe, is part of a worldwide business focused on the value-added distribution of enterprise computing systems, software, storage and services, marketing exclusively to the reseller channel. Avnet, Inc. is a global distributor of electronic components and computer products and services from leading manufacturers and is a Fortune 500 company with annual sales exceeding $10 billion. For more information about Avnet Computer Marketing, please visit its Web site at: www.avnet.com CONTACT: Sean Fanning Vice President of Communications, Worldwide Avnet Computer Marketing Phone: (480) 794-5503 Email: Sean.Fanning@avnet.com or Patrick McAvoy Brodeur Worldwide Telephone: (602) 954-0044 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org In Europe, Contact: Petra Mayer, Brodeur Kohtes & Klewes +49 89 5904 2330 email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.