PHOENIX, AZ – May 17, 2016 — / — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that it has received the 2015 EMC Distributor Partner of the Year Awards for both North America and Latin America from EMC Corporation. These awards distinguish EMC partners who have exceeded their joint sales and business goals – Avnet reached substantial growth in the two regions, driven in large part by the sales of EMC storage, big data, cloud, backup and recovery products and solutions. These honors also celebrate Avnet’s performance in terms of the investments made in these regions such as new internal resources, executed marketing campaigns and newly recruited business partners.

The award was presented on May 3 to Avnet at the 2016 EMC® World Global Partner Summit in Las Vegas, at which Avnet introduced its new software-defined storage solution, featuring EMC technology, in the U.S. and Canada.

“Avnet has been successfully working with EMC for more than 15 years to deliver consistent value to the channel, and this is one of the key reasons EMC honored us as the North America Distributor Partner of the Year,” said Eric Barnhart, vice president of Avnet’s EMC solutions business unit in the Americas. “This award highlights our team’s dedication to helping our EMC partners succeed, as well as Avnet’s ability to help EMC blaze the trail in creating innovative solutions for the channel based on EMC technology. We provide real-world solutions for our partners through our cutting-edge marketing programs, services innovation, supply chain support, engineering capabilities, and sales engagement and operations.”

“Receiving the Latin America Distributor Partner of the year from EMC underscores the significance of Avnet and EMC’s relationship and Avnet’s continuing commitment to hone our unique capabilities and provide value to our EMC partners,” said Eduardo Barron, vice president, Avnet Technology Solutions, Latin America and the Caribbean. “Avnet leads the pack when it comes to bringing EMC solutions to market, providing seamless success for our partners and reducing the complexity of building world-class converged solutions.”

“With a proven track record of excellence and a deep understanding of information technology’s role in achieving core business outcomes, Avnet is well deserving of this year’s Distributor Partner of the Year Awards for North America and Latin America,” said Scott Millard, vice president, Americas Channel Sales for EMC Corporation. “We are thrilled to honor this level of commitment – Avnet has built innovative solutions that help EMC modernize customers’ data centers and redefine their businesses. For that reason, I am excited to recognize Avnet as EMC Distributor Partner of the Year in these two regions.”

As a value-added EMC solutions distributor, Avnet supports EMC in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America. 2015 marked the 15th anniversary of the Avnet and EMC partnership. Throughout this long-standing relationship, Avnet has helped EMC bring innovative solutions to market. For example, Avnet has enabled EMC partners to adopt their choice of converged and hyper-converged solutions, which allow partners to design and deploy new solutions that offer their SMB, mid-market and enterprise customers the cloud and data center benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure at the price points and sizes that align with their needs.

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