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Avnet’s Brad Kenney Recognized as a 2013 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader

  Avnet’s Brad Kenney Recognized as a 2013 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader

  Kenney honored for his commitment to increasing the operational and power
 efficiency of Avnet’s North American data center, and managing the company’s
                              rapid data growth

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- December 06, 2012

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today
announced that Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure Brad Kenney was
selected by IDG’s Computerworld as a 2013 Premier 100 IT Leader honoree. The
Premier 100 is a lifetime achievement that spotlights leaders from both the
technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology
leadership and innovative approachesto business challenges.

“Brad has been a vital member of our IT team for more than 25 years, and he
has excelled throughout his career in using technology to continually improve
Avnet’s operational efficiency,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice president
and CIO, Avnet, Inc., and a fellow Premier 100 IT Leader honoree. “Brad and
his team have successfully implemented a series of innovative and practical
projects in Avnet’s data center that have decreased our IT expenses and
reduced our environmental impact. This prestigious award highlights the
valuable role that Brad and his team play every day in helping Avnet achieve
its business goals.”

Under Kenney’s leadership, Avnet’s data center team developed a green IT
culture that has helped the company avoid a multi-million dollar power build
out to its North American data center. As a part of this initiative, Kenney
and his team have conserved energy through virtualization, a system
hibernation script, green lighting, physical improvements, and video
conferencing. The initiative has reduced Avnet’s data center power consumption
by more than six percent, even though its business has significantly grown in
both scale and scope during the past seven years.

Kenney and his team are also heavily involved in helping Avnet manage the
rapid growth of its business critical data, which has more than quadrupled in
the last two years to surpass the one petabyte mark. To address this
challenge, Kenney and his team recently redesigned Avnet’s North American data
storage backup systems and processes, and deployed a new data storage
management system. This system significantly enhanced Avnet’s business
continuity capabilities, decreased the time to recovery in the event of a
system failure and improved the productivity of its data center team.

“The Premier 100 awards program showcases the exceptional work of a dedicated
group of technology-savvy business leaders who are driving huge change in
their organizations through IT,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of
Computerworld. “Every day, these exemplary business leaders make strategic
technology decisions that track to their organizations' top priorities. These
100 men and women keep a keen eye on the changing landscape of political,
economic, regulatory and technology trends that are driving significant shifts
in IT. We are very pleased to recognize the leadership and honor the
achievements of the 2013 Premier 100 honorees.”

The Premier 100 awards ceremony will be one of the highlights of
Computerworld’s annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, to beheld March
3-5, 2013, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spain Tucson, Ariz. The
conference, to be attended by more than 325 influential senior IT managers,
will showcase honorees and other IT innovators as they discuss how to create
competitive IT organizations.

Learn about Avnet's approach to IT on the Behind the Firewall blog:
http://blogging.avnet.com/weblog/cioinsights/
Find out more about Avnet's perspective on the IT market through its Tech
Trends video series: http://www.avnetondemand.com/
Follow Avnet on Twitter: @AvnetComms
Connect with Avnet on Facebook or LinkedIn:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avnet/111721912175548 or
http://www.linkedin.com/company/avnet

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT
influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business
results. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (www.computerworld.com),
bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the
hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network.
Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million
unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, August 2012). Computerworld is published
by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s
leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available
at www.idgenterprise.com.

About Avnet, Inc.

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest
distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded
technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success
by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of
customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For
the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion.
For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

All brands and trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks, and are
the properties of their respective owners. Avnet disclaims any proprietary
interest in marks other than its own.

Contact:

Brodeur Partners, for Avnet, Inc.
Marcia Chapman, 480-308-0284
mchapman@brodeur.com
 
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