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Distribution Expert Brings Extensive Experience in Value-Added Service Implementation

Chessington, UK: Feb. 4 – Bell Microproducts Inc. (Nasdaq: BELM) today announced the appointment of Martin Blaney as Chief Operations Officer to its European Division. Mr. Blaney will take responsibility for all back office functions in Europe, including finance, credit, logistic and warehousing, IT, and human resources. He will report to Ian French, President, Bell Microproducts Europe and to Jim Illson, CFO & Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations, Bell Microproducts Worldwide.


Ian French, President, Bell Microproducts Europe, said: "Following a period of rapid and successful expansion in Europe, the time is right for Bell Microproducts to ensure the necessary operational controls are in place for us to continue to benefit from an exciting growth phase. Martin is a respected figure in our industry; his skills and experience will be a valuable asset to Bell Microproducts Europe."


Martin Blaney is a UK Chartered Accountant. Mr. Blaney founded the Winprime Group that included a leading distributor of hardware and software in the UK market. This business was founded by Mr. Blaney and its investors in 1981 and sold to Ingram Micro in March 1991.


At Ingram Micro, Mr. Blaney was vice president for the western region running the UK, Holland and Spain with sales of over one billion dollars and a staff of 950. Later he was appointed as Vice President for the Central Region, which included Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and returned the business to profitability. Mr. Blaney also had the responsibility for integrating several acquisitions for Ingram Micro in Europe as well as running several value-added pan European divisions.


Most recently, Mr. Blaney acted as Managing Director and Senior Partner of PFSWeb in Liege Belgium. This company is regarded as a leader in the field of outsourced logistics, business process and transaction management, combined with e-commerce. PFS ships over one billion dollars of blue chip client revenue.


"Martin brings over 20 years of experience in distribution logistics and value-added services which are particularly pertinent to Bell Microproduct's ongoing strategy," stated Don Bell, President and CEO and Chairman of the Board. "Our focus and commitment to service, logistical excellence and customer satisfaction will greatly benefit from Martin's guidance and advice. We are very excited to welcome him aboard."


"Bell Microproducts is an innovative and strong competitor, poised to capitalize on the immense European opportunity," states Mr. Blaney. "I am excited about the opportunity to further develop its storage focused value-added distribution business, to enhance its logistics capability to better serve our European customers and continue the company's focus on delivering the best of breed service. Bell Microproduct's storage and enterprise focus will provide the European resellers with a different class of service and access to a wide range of key storage products and expertise."


Press contacts

Ian French, President, Bell Microproducts Europe

020 8286 5000


Ambrose McNevin, Transom Media

020 8444 7649



About Bell Microproducts

Bell Microproducts is an international, value-added provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial markets. The company's offering includes semiconductors, computer platforms, peripherals, and storage products of various types including desktop, high-end computer and storage subsystems, fibre channel connectivity products, RAID, NAS and SAN storage systems, back-up products, storage management software, and extensive support, integration and installation services. Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.


The company's products are available at any level of integration, from components to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions. The company adds value with a broad range of services including testing, software loading, kitting, mass storage system integration, and computer system integration. Trained and certified technical personnel complete each of these processes at Bell Microproducts' ISO 9002 facilities. Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 125 brand name product lines, as well as its own BellStor and Rorke Data storage and Trademark(R) computer brands, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at www.bellmicro.com.


Safe Harbor Statement

This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's current views of future events and financial performance, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from such statements for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: the ability to successfully integrate the operations of recent acquisitions, industry conditions, changes in product supply, pricing, and customer demand, competition, other vagaries in the computer and electronic components markets, changes in relationships with key suppliers, foreign currency fluctuations and the other risks described from time to time in the Company's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K). Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisi
ons. Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.


SOURCE Bell Microproducts Inc.


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