Avnet Technology Solutions’ Phil Gallagher and Chris Swahn Recognized as CRN 2014 Channel Chiefs

  Avnet Technology Solutions’ Phil Gallagher and Chris Swahn Recognized as CRN
  2014 Channel Chiefs

Executives recognized for their ability to accelerate growth for Avnet and its
                               channel partners


Business Wire

TEMPE, Ariz. -- February 24, 2014

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 Chris Swahn,
vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, HP
Solutions group, were both selected as 2014 Channel Chiefs by The Channel
Company’s CRN magazine. This prestigious list of the most powerful leaders in
the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving
channel sales and growth within their organizations, while evangelizing the
importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry.

Honored for the second year in a row, Phil Gallagher, president of Avnet
Technology Solutions, Globa ...

Honored for the second year in a row, Phil Gallagher, president of Avnet
Technology Solutions, Global, was recognized by CRN as a Channel Chief for his
role in helping suppliers and partners expand their businesses geographically,
while capitalizing on technology growth markets and services. (Photo: Business

Honored for the second year in a row, Gallagher was recognized for his role in
helping suppliers and partners expand their businesses geographically, while
capitalizing on technology growth markets and services. In 2013, Gallagher
aided in the launch of Avnet Services, a global business model designed to
create greater alignment and increase operational efficiencies for Avnet’s
services offerings. Additionally, under Gallagher’s leadership, Avnet
Technology Solutions expanded its distribution relationships with SAP to
include Asia, the U.S. and Canada, and Cisco and EMC into Latin America,
enabling the regional sale of converged solutions.

“Phil continues to exemplify Avnet’s strategic focus on growth, globalization
and great people,” said Rick Hamada, chief executive officer, Avnet, Inc.
“During this past year, Phil helped Avnet Technology Solutions and its
partners capitalize on high-growth opportunities around the globe, including
new services and solutions. His inclusion on CRN’s list of Channel Chiefs for
the second year in a row is a well-deserved recognition of these

Making his debut on CRN’s Channel Chiefs list, Swahn was recognized for his
success in leading the HP business within Avnet Technology Solutions,
Americas. Throughout the past year, Swahn assisted in accelerating HP’s
turnaround with the channel. With his guidance, Avnet Technology Solutions
became HP’s go-to distributor for converged systems, and Swahn assisted in
launching new converged systems at HP Discover. As a result, Avnet was one of
the first distributors to sell HP’s Moonshot technology. Swahn helped jump
start HP’s offerings in the converged marketplace by leveraging Avnet’s
services capabilities to create exclusive solutions only available to Avnet
Technology Solutions’ HP partners. This included the rollout of Avnet’s
Practice+ for Analytics, featuring IT services, technology solutions and
enablement, with access to Avnet Technology Solutions’ team of 100+ HP experts
holding 500+ HP certifications. Additionally, he aided in positioning partners
to win with HP big data and analytics solutions such as a new healthcare
analytics platform.

“Chris is passionate about helping Avnet Technology Solutions’ employees,
partners and suppliers succeed,” said Jeff Bawol, president, Avnet Technology
Solutions, Americas. “His vision has led to the creation of market-specific
solutions for HP partners to help them capitalize on the latest opportunities
in converged systems, analytics and healthcare solutions. He is a great asset
to the team, and we are proud of his recognition.”

CRN Channel Chiefs were 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.

“We are pleased to highlight the many executives throughout the industry who
work tirelessly to advance the standing of the channel community within their
organizations. The CRN Channel Chief honorees lead, inspire and engage peers
and serve as valuable advocates to help ensure the health and longevity of the
channel within the IT industry. We applaud their efforts and look forward to
their continued success,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.

The 2014 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February/March issue of CRN,
and online at www.CRN.com.

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About The Channel Company

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and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED,
and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and
leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions
for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication,
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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
North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle
East and Africa. It generated US $10.36 billion in annual revenue for fiscal
year 2013. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For
more information, visit http://www.ats.avnet.com.

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 29, 2013, Avnet generated revenue of $25.5 billion.
For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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