CRN Selects Two Avnet Technology Solutions Executives as 2013 Channel Chiefs

  CRN Selects Two Avnet Technology Solutions Executives as 2013 Channel Chiefs

    Avnet’s Phil Gallagher and Jeff Bawol recognized for their ability to
             accelerate growth for Avnet and its channel partners

Business Wire

TEMPE, Ariz. -- February 28, 2013

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an
operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced that Phil
Gallagher, president of Avnet Technology Solutions, Global, and Jeff Bawol,
president of Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, were both chosen as 2013
Channel Chiefs by UBM Tech Channel’s CRN magazine. This prestigious list
consists of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel. It
recognizes executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and
growth within their organizations while evangelizing the value the channel
provides the IT industry.

Phil Gallagher, president of Avnet Technology Solutions, Global, chosen as a
2013 Channel Chief by U ...

Phil Gallagher, president of Avnet Technology Solutions, Global, chosen as a
2013 Channel Chief by UBM Tech Channel's CRN magazine for his role in helping
suppliers and partners expand their businesses geographically, while
capitalizing on technology growth markets and services. (Photo: Business Wire)

Named to the list for the first time in 2013, Gallagher was honored for his
role in helping suppliers and partners expand their businesses geographically,
while capitalizing on technology growth markets and services. Gallagher
significantly enhanced Avnet’s services capabilities in the Americas and EMEA
in 2012 through the acquisitions of Ascendant Technology, BrightStar Partners,
Canvas Systems, Genilogix, Mattelli, Pepperweed Consulting and TSSLink. These
acquisitions provided new ways for partners to support their customers in the
IT lifecycle while further driving hardware and software sales. Gallagher also
increased Avnet Technology Solutions’ ability to expand its partner and
supplier base in EMEA through the acquisition of Magirus Group. Additionally,
under Gallagher’s leadership, Avnet introduced its SolutionsPath^® methodology
in Asia Pacific and EMEA, providing channel enablement and resources for
partners to profitably target high-growth technology and vertical market

“Phil embodies Avnet’s strategic focus on growth, globalization and great
people,” said Rick Hamada, chief executive officer, Avnet, Inc. “Being named a
Channel Chief is well-deserved recognition of his ability to lead the global
team in helping Avnet and our partners capitalize on high-growth market
opportunities. His leadership is definitely an asset for the entire Avnet team
and channel, including our suppliers, partners and employees.”

CRN selected Bawol as a Channel Chief for the third time, further recognizing
his role in transforming Avnet into a solutions distributor that is uniquely
positioned to help suppliers and partners achieve profitable growth. Under
Bawol’s leadership, Avnet was selected to bring Oracle’s Healthcare
Information Exchange and Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics solutions to
the U.S. and Canadian channel because of Avnet’s proven ability to develop and
foster an ecosystem of highly-skilled healthcare IT solution provider
partners. Bawol also continued to expand Avnet’s sales and technical support
for partners around converged solutions, such as those based on Cisco, EMC,
HP, IBM, NetApp and VMware technologies. In addition, Bawol sponsored Avnet’s
investment in the tools and resources needed to help partners successfully
target the cloud computing market in the U.S. and Canada. As a result, Avnet
launched Avnet Cloud Solutions, a team dedicated to developing off-premise
cloud computing solutions, and entered into strategic relationships with
leading cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and

“Jeff is a terrific asset to our organization, as well as a strong advocate
for our partners and suppliers,” said fellow CRN Channel Chief Phil Gallagher.
“His passion for innovation and his role in evolving the distribution industry
to the next level is core to all of his achievements. Because of Jeff’s
approach to solutions distribution, our suppliers and partners have realized
long-term success through market specialization and are strategically poised
throughout the Americas to capitalize on the latest opportunities in cloud
computing, converged systems and services.”

For more than 10 years, Channel Chiefs have been selected by the CRN editorial
team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue
and public support for the importance of IT channel sales.

“The 2013 Channel Chiefs list recognizes vendor and distribution executives
dedicated to driving channel programs in the IT marketplace,” said Kelley
Damore, senior vice president, editorial director, CRN. “Our annual Channel
Chiefs issue is a must-read for IT solution providers evaluating new vendors
or looking to expand solution offerings. These are the people, the products
and the programs that any savvy solution provider needs to know. We
congratulate this year’s Channel Chiefs for their stellar record of business
innovation and applaud them for their continued dedication to the partner

Selected by CRN's editorial staff, the 2013 Channel Chiefs list is featured in
the February 2013 issue of CRN magazine and will be featured online at

Follow Avnet Technology Solutions, Global on Twitter: @AvnetTSGlobal.
Follow Avnet Technology Solutions, North America, on Twitter: @AvnetAdvantage
and @AvnetTSChannels.

About UBM Tech Channel

UBM Tech Channel, a UBM company, is the premier provider of IT channel-focused
events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With
over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Tech Channel has the unmatched
channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives
managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to
accelerate technology sales. To learn more about UBM Tech Channel, visit us

About Avnet Technology Solutions

As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates
with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and
hardware solutions that address the business needs of their end-user customers
locally and around the world. The group serves customers and suppliers in the
Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US
$10.8 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2012. Avnet Technology
Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit

About Avnet

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

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