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Kent Joins Avnet Velocity Team

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that Douglas Kent has been named vice president of Avnet Velocity, reporting to chief global logistics and operations officer Gerry Fay. Kent returns to Avnet after 13 years as an international supply chain consultant, research strategist and academic. In this new role, Kent will be responsible for helping Avnet expand its global supply chain practice for direct market customers and suppliers, which require unique solutions to match their growing levels of complexity and desire to mitigate risk.

Avnet Velocity delivers globally available, rapidly scalable, customized supply chain solutions to the direct market for electronic components and equipment. By leveraging its vast supply chain experience and network, Avnet Velocity helps customers and suppliers across a broad spectrum of industries increase collaboration and visibility within their global supply chain networks and improve the performance of their supply chains. Avnet Velocity also expands the company’s presence into a portion of the electronics industry traditionally managed on a direct basis.

“Avnet Velocity sets the standard for best-in-class global supply chain solutions to the direct market,” said Fay. “Avnet’s suppliers and customers alike rely on us to implement working solutions to their global supply chain management challenges as quickly and efficiently as possible. The expertise and exposure that Douglas has amassed in this industry will help us continue to accelerate Avnet Velocity’s international growth. His team supports the constantly changing requirements of manufacturers through rapid solution deployment and the efficient movement of products throughout the entire electronics supply chain.”

Prior to his current position at Avnet, Kent was president of eKNOWtion, a global supply chain consultancy, and director of InForum, a high-tech research and networking firm. Kent’s previous career at Avnet spanned from 1992 to 1999, during which worked for the company as director of supply chain marketing and operations, director of client operations, and vice president at Avnet’s Integrated Materials Services in the U.S. and EMEA. In addition, Kent is currently the European director of the Supply Chain Council, and was an adjunct professor at the International University of Monaco’s MBA programs in operations, logistics and supply chain management. He’s also taught several masters-level courses in the areas of supply chain procurement, consulting and information systems at France’s SKEMA business school, and is one of a handful of SCOR® certified instructors. Kent earned his MBA at Pepperdine University.

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