Avnet Express Poised for Growth with New Executive Appointment

Avnet Express Poised for Growth with New Executive Appointment

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Avnet Express, the e-Commerce engine for Avnet Electronics Marketing, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announced the promotion of Andy Thorne to vice president, global e-Commerce merchandizing. In this new role, Thorne will be responsible for establishing and implementing effective strategies to expand Avnet's online merchandizing strategies. Thorne will utilize his previous experience as a seasoned design engineer and technical expert to set the strategic direction for the AvnetExpress.com online offering at the enterprise level, reporting directly to Beth Ely, senior vice president of Avnet Express.

"Avnet Express is committed to meeting the online needs of the engineering community on a global scale," said Ely. "Andy brings to this position a unique skill set that will enable him to ensure that the more than 5 million SKUs available from AvnetExpress.com are properly supported and displayed online. Andy will be integral as we evolve AvnetExpress.com, making it easier for engineers to search, find, buy and research today's technologies."

Thorne is a 23-year veteran of the electronics industry. Prior to joining Avnet in 1995, Thorne worked as a design engineer at GE Medical, contributing to the nuclear medicine team. Since joining Avnet, Thorne has held roles of increasing responsibility ranging from director of technical marketing to general manager for programmable logic devices in Avnet's Silica division. Thorne graduated from West Herts College in the United Kingdom and received a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering. He also holds a post-graduate degree in Strategic Management from the Institute of Managers, in London.

Avnet Express gives design engineers and purchasing professionals online access to the world's largest catalog of electronic component products, which tops 5 million parts. Avnet Express offers parametric searching capabilities and the ability to upload a bill of materials (BOM) for easier sourcing of products in a consistent global platform of localized content. The site can be accessed in nine languages and 13 currencies.

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About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's website is located at www.em.avnet.com.

About Avnet, Inc.

Avnet, Inc. (NYS: 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.

Avnet Electronics Marketing
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