Avnet announces the launch of Education Services in Asia Pacific, appoints Michael Costigan to drive success of its 6th strategic business unit

Strategic business unit to help deepen technical expertise of partners in high-growth areas, and enable them to optimise IT assets and achieve better business outcomes
SINGAPORE, 05 September 2016 – Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced the launch of Education Services in Asia Pacific. The newly formed strategic business unit (SBU) will offer flexible training and enablement services and solutions to Avnet’s regional partners and suppliers. Through Education services, Avnet will enable customer to have a better understanding of the emerging technologies - including big data, cloud, security, and converged and hyper-converged solutions, among others that are shaping today’s business. Avnet appointed Michael Costigan to lead the business concurrent to his function as regional vice president for Marketing and Business Innovation. 
Education Services will operate alongside Avnet’s next-generation technology SBUs namely, Data Center, Cloud, Security and Enterprise Networking, Cognitive Computing & Internet of Things, and Mobility. All six SBUs will be integral to providing robust offerings through transforming technology into business solutions for Avnet’s customers.
 “Education and enablement are an intrinsic part of the value Avnet brings to our partners and suppliers. Through this offering, we  help our partners gain, or, deepen their technical expertise providing  them an edge to  seize greater opportunities in today’s rapidly evolving  technologies and business environment,” said William Chu, President of Avnet Technology Solutions, Asia Pacific. 
“Michael Costigan is most suitable to drive the success of this new SBU as he has a long and distinguished history with the company, has great familiarity with Avnet’s education services offering , and more importantly he has a deep understanding of the Asia Pacific region and our stakeholders’ business.   Michael will add the Education portfolio to the regional marketing and supplier business units that he currently leads across the Asia Pacific region for Avnet.” added Chu.
Avnet follows the footsteps its Technology Solutions counterparts in the Americas and the Europe, Middle and Africa regions that have already launched their Education Services SBUs to market and received an excellent response from partners.
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About Avnet, Inc.
From components to cloud and from design to disposal, Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology by providing a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. Avnet is a global company ranked on the FORTUNE 500 with revenues of $26.2 billion for the fiscal year 2016. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.
Media Contact:
EASTWEST PR for Avnet Technology Solutions, Asia Pacific
Melinda Lim
Phone: 65-6222-0306
Email: avnet@eastwestpr.com 

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