Chris Farrow Accelerates Cloud Services Vision for Avnet Technology Solutions, Australia and New Zealand

SYDNEY, 30 April 2015- Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc.(NYSE:AVT), has appointed Chris Farrow to the role of business manager, Cloud Services, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) as part of the company’s local growth strategy. Within this role, Chris is responsible for driving Avnet’s Cloud Services vision, focusing on evolving and strengthening the company’s cloud offerings for partners.

For more than 30 years, Chris has cultivated a successful career in IT, holding a number of senior and executive roles in sales, professional services and product development. During 26 years at IBM, Chris undertook a variety of roles across Australia, Asia Pacific and globally.  More recently, Chris was the national business development manager, cloud, at Data#3, and worked with a number of cloud-based start-up organisations.


“Chris is uniquely qualified for this exciting and innovative role,” says Darren Adams, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Australia and New Zealand. “With his extensive IT services experience, Chris will further build on Avnet’s ability to transform partners’ business performance utilising our world-class portfolio of integrated cloud and managed services solutions.”


Farrow joined Avnet in January 2015 and worked swiftly to implement a number of strategies designed to strengthen and expand upon Avnet’s existing cloud offerings. Chris has acted as the driving force for the launch of theAvnet Cloud Toolset (ACT)which enables managed services provider (MSP) and value-added reseller (VAR) partners to govern, consolidate, manage and track resource consumption across multiple cloud providers. A number of Avnet partners are currently signed up for the Toolset in its initial stages, with a full rollout planned for May 2015.

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About Avnet Technology Solutions
As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutionstransforms 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 inNorth America,Latin America and Caribbean,Asia Pacific, andEurope, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $11.0 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2014. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit


About Avnet, Inc. 
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2014, Avnet generated revenue of $27.5 billion. For more information, visit


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