American distributor Avnet has promoted Patrick Zammit to serve as global president for Avnet Technology Solutions, one of two global operating groups within Avnet. Zammit previously served as president of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA. Zammit will be responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day operations and performance of the group globally. Zammit's appointment is effective immediately, and he will report directly to Avnet Chief Executive Officer Rick Hamada, succeeding Phil Gallagher. 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 the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated €8.3 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2014. Zammit began his career with Arthur Andersen and joined Avnet in 1993. He held a series of positions in finance, operations and strategic planning and served as president of EBV Elektronik, an Avnet company, before being promoted to regional president of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA in 2006. He graduated from the Business School ESLSCA with the French equivalent of a master's degree in business administration. Zammit succeeds Phil Gallagher who remains with Avnet to help ensure a smooth leadership transition.
Avnet eyes return to European M&A scene
After taking a break to "digest" its latest acquisitions, American multispecialist Avnet could be set to get back on the M&A trail in Europe next year, with converged systems, security, and licensing renewals earmarked as key target areas. The firm has not made any buyouts in Europe for a year, since the acquisition of German embedded electronics specialist MSC. A voluntary hiatus as the distributor seemingly needed time to digest Magirus, the last major acquisition in the past seven or eight years. Now that is its ready to enter the M&A arena, Avnet may look to turn its focus towards different areas. The future deals are geared towards new competencies and higher-value market areas, such as onverged systems, security (on a pan-European basis, especially around Cisco and RSA), license renewals and services (source : Channelnomics EU).
Semiconductor specialist Avnet Abacus has received the franchise for the full product portfolio for Delphi Automotive PLC's Connection Systems. Delphi( interconnection solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries and other market sectors will thus be available through Avnet Abacus offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Avnet loses its President
Semiconductor specialist Avnet Abacus has expanded its extensive range of passive components with new high-temperature and high-reliability capacitors from AVX and Panasonic Europe. Targeting diverse applications in aerospace, defence, industrial and medical markets, the capacitors are designed to offer high-reliability operation in often-extreme environmental conditions. Increasing levels of integration in aerospace and defence industries have led to electronic systems often being positioned in close proximity to heat sources such as automobile or aircraft engines, therefore demanding components that can operate above usually specified temperature limits. Maximum operating temperatures are also increasing significantly, in some cases beyond 200°C, particularly in applications such as automotive systems or down-hole drilling equipment. In addition, there is more and more demand for electronic systems that offer precision and stability at temperatures up to 175°C in industrial and medical fields. To meet these demands, Avnet Abacus is now stocking through its offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom, a range of high-temperature capacitors from AVX and Panasonic.