Avnet heads west

Avnet heads west

Value-added distributor boosts staff and geographic touch

Looking to increase its geographic spread, Avnet Technology Solutions is boosting staff numbers in Victoria and Queensland and has opened a Perth office.

"We had a great finish to the last calendar year and we are seeing that continue this year, which is why we are expanding," marketing director, Michael Costigan, said.

"For the fiscal year ending July 1, Avnet generated worldwide revenue of $US14.25 billion."

Costigan said it decided to venture across to Perth because it had seen IBM and HP business grow in that market. He also cited strong demand for NetApp and CommVault storage solutions. The Perth office will be headed up by state manager, Chris Arter, who was appointed in December.

"We want to build up our staff numbers in WA, Queensland and Victoria and we are on the lookout for extra sales and technical people," Costigan said. Avnet's national sales manager, Cameron Inchley, has been relocated to the company's Victorian office, bringing that state's staff count to four.

"We wanted to have a greater focus in Victoria and strengthen our position in that market," Costigan said. "We have a lot of solution providers there and we wanted to get more geographical coverage to where our business partners are situated."

The company has also hired Tasha Soltonovich to the newly created role of IBM product marketing manager. She will be charged with driving promotions to Avnet's reseller base around the IBM Systems X and storage portfolio. She previously worked as a product manager for Cellnet.

The company has also internally promoted Ashwin Naicker from sales team leader to the role of business development manager for its HP business unit.

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