Avnet’s Ger Purcell Recognized as a 2014 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader

  Avnet’s Ger Purcell Recognized as a 2014 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader

Purcell honored for his dedication to operational excellence, helping Avnet to
                efficiently expand its global scale and scope

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- December 4, 2013

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today
announced that Ger Purcell, senior vice president of IT for Avnet, Inc., was
selected by IDG’s Computerworld as a 2014 Premier 100 IT Leader honoree. The
Premier 100 spotlights leaders from both the technology and business sides of
companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative
approaches to business challenges.

“Ger has an incredible ability to create high levels of collaboration between
business leaders and IT professionals in a way that drives tangible business
results for Avnet,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice president and CIO, Avnet,
Inc. “In particular, he led a multi-year IT initiative to create a common
applications portfolio globally that has significantly improved Avnet’s
operational efficiency, saved millions of dollars and created the foundation
for Avnet to innovatively meet the needs of its business partners in the
future. This prestigious award highlights the valuable role that Ger plays
every day in helping Avnet achieve its business goals.”

Purcell joined Avnet in 2008, and he is responsible for creating the IT
strategy for one of Avnet’s operating groups – Avnet Technology Solutions. In
this role, Purcell led the development and deployment of a common application
portfolio. This has enabled Avnet Technology Solutions to leverage its global
scale and scope, while significantly reducing costs. Additionally, Purcell and
his team have played a critical role in integrating more than 20 companies
that Avnet has acquired into Avnet Technology Solutions, helping the operating
group efficiently expand its footprint in Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle
East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America; and North America.

Purcell has also played a key role in evolving the IT skillset of Avnet’s
employees. For example, he developed a “Technology Day” initiative that
provides Avnet’s IT team with an opportunity to participate in sessions to
learn about new technology areas, which is followed by a job shadowing
program. In addition, he leads Avnet’s Global Development Centers located in
China, which are instrumental in creating a “follow the sun” IT support model
for Avnet.

“The Premier 100 awards program, now in its 15th year, shines a well-deserved
spotlight on a group of talented, creative and hard-working men and women.
These IT executives are driving technology innovation in business, education
and government across the country and around the world,” said Scot Finnie,
editor in chief of Computerworld. “Technology advances quickly, and these
leaders excel at keeping pace with the changing needs of customers and
employees, and making fast technology decisions that map to their
organizations' top priorities. They have developed a deep bench of talented IT
staffers at their organizations and managed to keep their own skills fresh by
constantly mastering new technologies and processes. We are privileged to
recognize the leadership and achievements of the 2014 Premier 100 honorees.”

Purcell is one of three Avnet IT leaders that have received this lifetime
recognition. Phillips became a member of the Premier 100 in 2011, when he was
honored for his ability to develop innovative IT strategies to drive growth
opportunities for Avnet that have helped the company respond to market changes
and enhance customer service. Additionally, Avnet’s vice president of
enterprise infrastructure, Brad Kenney, was named to this list in 2013 for his
commitment to increasing the operational and energy efficiency of Avnet’s
North American data center and managing the company’s rapid data growth.

Purcell will receive his award at the Premier 100 awards ceremony at
Computerworld’s annual Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference, to be held March
2-4, 2014, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz. The
conference, to be attended by more than 350 influential senior IT managers,
will showcase honorees and other IT innovators as they discuss how to create
competitive IT organizations. Additional information is available at

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About the Premier 100

The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have
had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. These are
individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT
teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision
innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute
IT strategies. Each year, nominees are invited to complete a questionnaire
that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience
and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld’s IT Leader
Index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches our
definition of the IT Leader, we analyze the data. Each year, 100 honorees are
selected to receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous
honorees can be viewed at:

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT
influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results.
Computerworld’s award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), publication,
focused conference series, custom solutions and custom research forms the hub
of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides
opportunities for IT solutions providers to engage this audience.
Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.8 million
unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, November 2012) and was recognized as the
Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 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 29, 2013, Avnet generated revenue of $25.5 billion.
For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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