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European Semiconductor Specialist EBV Elektronik named Senior Vice President John Langford (48), as its new Director of Sales and Marketing for South Europe (France, Iberia and Italy), in addition to his current responsibilities as Director of Sales and Marketing for North Europe (UK, Ireland, Nordic region) and the Republic of South Africa. He has been acting in the combined role for the last 10 months. He worked in the distribution industry for over 17 years before he joined EBV in March 1996 as General Sales Manager to set up the EBV UK & Ireland organisation, which was launched in June 1996.

In 1997, Langford became Director of Sales and Marketing for the UK and Ireland. On the acquisition of Electrolink in 1998, the Republic of South Africa also became part of his responsibilities. During 2000, John was appointed as Director Sales and Marketing North Europe, which included additional responsibilities for the Nordic region.

Langford comments, It is a great privilege to lead a very talented sales team in such a large and varied geographic region. In this task I am ably assisted by very good local country and regional directors who have all continued to grow their market share during very challenging market conditions. We all look forward to further growth as we strive to convince ever more customers of the benefits that a strong trading relationship with EBV can bring - through a good, innovative distributor's fundamentals of design support, component pricing, customer care and logistics.

Patrick Zammit, President EBV Elektronik, expressed his delight when John Langford accepted his new position, John has done a brilliant job in building the EBV organisation in the UK. He and his team achieved outstanding growth in sales, coupled with a strong increase in market share, and firmly positioned EBV amongst the top three distributors in the UK. John basically started our UK organisation from scratch in a very short time and was able to replicate the EBV spirit that has made the company successful over the years. Under John's capable leadership, his regions have become main contributors to EBV's European success story.

Langford holds a degree from the University of Manchester.

About EBV Elektronik

EBV Elektronik, an Avnet Company, is a pan-European semiconductor distribution specialist and firmly positioned among Europes top two semiconductor distributors. EBV ELEKTRONIK offers extensive design support through more than 90 field application specialists, and services customers via a highly efficient centralized warehousing facility in Poing, Germany, operated by Avnet Logistics. EBV Elektronik employs 757 people in 50 locations across Europe.

Information about EBV Elektronik is available on the World Wide Web under http://www.ebv.com

Contact at EBV Elektronik:

Bernd Schlemmer

Manager of Communications

Im Technologiepark 2-8

85586 Poing

+49 (8121) 774-233

b.schlemmer@ebv.com

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