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Avnet Technology Solutions Receives 2007 IBM Global Services U.S. Sales Leadership Award


Distributor Recognized for Exceptional Sales of IBM Global Services and Year-to-Year Systems Growth

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced it was the recipient of the 2007 IBM Global Services (IGS) U.S. Sales Leadership Award, which acknowledges exceptional services sales contributions by IBM Business Partners.

Honored for growth in the systems distribution category, Avnet was recognized for year-to-year growth in systems and non-maintenance systems. The award encompasses the selling of IBM Global Services, including hardware maintenance, remote technical service, software maintenance, business continuity recovery services, and an expansive range of labor-based services including implementation and data migration/mobility. The achievement of this award calls out excellence in renewing hardware and software service contracts, affording customers the highest satisfaction rates in the industry.

íAvnetís outstanding growth in selling IBM Global Services is testament to our sales teamís expertise. This is a group of individuals truly dedicated to supporting the market,í said Lisa Friesenhahn, vice president of leasing, services and remarketing sales for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. íFrom initial sale to partner support solutions, the sales team works hand-in-hand with our partners to provide education and training on every aspect of structuring service transactions, helping them achieve incremental revenue growth within their businesses. Further, Avnetís operational excellence teams use the state-of-the-art Contracts On Line toolset from IGS to continue to set new standards in the technology industry.í

With a comprehensive portfolio of IBM Global Services offerings, Avnetís aftermarket team, Avnet Partner Support Solutions, provides a range of services to help partners maintain existing hardware and software maintenance contracts. The Avnet Partner Support Solutions team reduces the likelihood of renewal business going unfulfilled or being contracted by a competitor, while providing new revenue streams for partners.


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