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Avnet Electronics Marketing Names Ed Smith Director of Sales for Americas

Tuesday, August 31, 2004 12:20 pm MST

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PHOENIX

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AVT
"Ed brings to Avnet tremendous passion and energy, as well as extensive experience leading successful sales organizations. From design chain to supply chain, I am confident Ed will play a key role in bringing Avnet Electronics Marketing's total value proposition to each and every one of our customer- and supplier-partners."
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 31, 2004--Avnet Electronics Marketing, the largest operating group of Avnet Inc. (NYSE:AVT) announces the appointment of Ed Smith to the position of senior vice president of sales, Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas, reporting to the regional president, Phil Gallagher. "I am very pleased Ed has accepted my invitation to rejoin our organization in this capacity," Gallagher commented. "Ed brings to Avnet tremendous passion and energy, as well as extensive experience leading successful sales organizations. From design chain to supply chain, I am confident Ed will play a key role in bringing Avnet Electronics Marketing's total value proposition to each and every one of our customer- and supplier-partners."

Smith comes to the Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas organization with more than 20 years of industry experience. Most recently, he held the position of president and chief executive officer of SMTEK International, an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, serving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) primarily in the industrial products, instrumentation, medical, telecommunications, financial services, automation, and defense/aerospace industries. Prior to joining SMTEK International in 2001, Smith served as district manager in Los Angeles and director of sales for Avnet Industrial for seven years. In this role, Smith had responsibility for sales in the Los Angeles and Phoenix marketplaces, and sales and operations in Avnet's Industrial Marketing Group, respectively. He has also held various sales management positions with W.W. Grainger, Tristar Material Handling Inc. and PFG Manufacturers Warehouse Inc.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is the largest operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet Inc., a Fortune 500 company with fiscal 2004 sales of more than $10 billion, and one of the world's largest technology marketing, distribution and services companies. Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers in North America and Brazil through product-focused businesses, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated services. The company's Web site is located at www.em.avnet.com.

Contact:

Avnet Electronics Marketing
Jennifer Read, 480-643-2931
Jennifer.read@avnet.com

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Ed Smith, newly named senior vice president of sales for Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas (Photo: Business Wire)