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Avnet Executives Named to CRN’s “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” List

Tim FitzGerald and Phillip Privett Recognized as Unsung Heroes of the IT Channel

Tim FitzGerald, vice president, Cloud Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas and Phillip Privett, vice president, Converged and Data Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas
Tim FitzGerald, vice president, Cloud Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas and Phillip Privett, vice president, Converged and Data Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced that Tim FitzGerald, vice president, Cloud Solutions, Avnet Technology Services, Americas, and Phillip Privett, vice president, technology and solutions, Converged and Data Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, have been named by CRN as two of the “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” in the IT channel for 2014. Selected by the CRN editorial team based on ongoing feedback throughout the year from solution providers and other industry executives, CRN’s list celebrates under-the-radar channel management team members from some of the industry’s top vendors and distributors. These unsung heroes might not be household names, but they work tirelessly to create, promote and manage the programs and policies that support the IT channel and help it thrive.

FitzGerald was recognized for his role with solution providers, managed service providers and independent software vendors and their customers in solving their business challenges through leveraging the advantages of cloud computing (visit Avnet CloudReady for more information). FitzGerald, a 25-year Avnet veteran, has received several industry recognitions, including selection by CRN as one of the Top 100 U.S. Executives in the Channel and a Top 10 Channel Services Leader of 2011, and is a frequent speaker on cloud computing, data center technologies and the channel.

Privett was named for his work managing and leading the pre-sales technical design teams, field technical consultants, and the converged solutions program management team. Privett is a 33-year Avnet veteran and has held several executive leadership positions, including product marketing, business development and field sales.

“Tim and Phillip exemplify Avnet Technology Solutions’ passion in helping our employees, partners and suppliers succeed,” said Jeff Bawol, president, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “Their efforts have contributed to our commitment to offer our partners and their customers the latest opportunities in cloud computing and converged solutions. They are true team players, and we celebrate their recognitions.”

CRN’s “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” in the IT channel for 2014 were selected by the CRN editorial team as unseen channel professionals from channel organizations who consistently drive success for their partners. These individuals roll their sleeves up and lead their channel programs with resolve, excellence and creativity.

“The IT industry has a tendency to shine the spotlight on its top executives, but at CRN we know that there are a lot of other hardworking people who deserve to be recognized for their contributions as well,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN. “This list is our way of recognizing some of the people who are in the trenches, working hard on behalf of the IT channel every day and making decisions that help tip the scales toward channel success.”

The “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” list is featured in the October issue of CRN and can be viewed online at

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About Avnet Technology Solutions
As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions transforms technology into business solutions for customers around the world. It collaborates with customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the changing needs of end-user customers. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $11.0 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2014. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit

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 28, 2014, Avnet generated revenue of $27.5 billion. For more information, visit

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