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Avnet makes Murphy IBM business boss

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 10 March 2008

Avnet Technology Solutions has appointed Miriam Murphy as VP for the group’s IBM products business group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Murphy will assume responsibility for the ‘strategic direction and growth of Avnet’s IBM business in EMEA and for managing the relationship with IBM in the region,’ according to the distribution giant.

“IBM and Avnet Technology Solutions have had a successful partnership for many years now. In fact, Avnet is IBM’s number one value-added distributor worldwide,’ said Dick Borsboom, president, Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA. “We are confident Miriam’s appointment will further strengthen our relationship and drive the growth of our business in this area.”

Murphy has been with Avnet in EMEA for almost a decade, joining the company following the purchase of UK-based distributor SEI Marco in 1999. She has held a variety of roles including European product group director within Avnet’s Electronic Marketing operating group. Murphy’s most recent role was VP of operations for Avnet Technology Solutions, a role in which she was responsible for the integration of several acquisitions.

Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, representing US$6 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2007, with locations in more than 30 countries.

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