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Avnet unveils leadership transition for Avnet Electronics Marketing

American distribution group Avnet has promoted Gerry Fay to serve as global president for Avnet Electronics Marketing, one of two global operating groups within Avnet. Effective October 1, 2013, Fay will be responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day operations and performance of the group globally. Fay joined Avnet in 2005 with the company's acquisition of electronic component distributor Memec, where he was president of Memec Americas. Previously, he held numerous strategic roles, including chief operations officer for Memec's supply-chain and logistics group and chief operating officer for ATLAS Services, a division of VEBA Electronics. At Avnet, he was named senior vice president of global strategic accounts for Avnet United and created the Avnet Velocity global supply-chain solutions practice at Avnet Electronics Marketing. Currently, he serves as Chief Logistics and Global Operations Officer and is responsible for global warehousing, semiconductor programming, computer and integration center services and operations, global trade compliance and enterprise-wide risk mitigation. A corporate officer and senior vice president, Fay is a member of the Avnet Executive Board and will continue to report to Avnet CEO Rick Hamada. Fay succeeds Harley Feldberg, who was promoted to global president of Avnet Electronics Marketing in July 2004. Feldberg joined Avnet in 1981 and was promoted through a series of progressively more responsible positions, including serving as president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas and president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia. During his tenure with Avnet, he has held executive posts in sales, marketing and business management. Feldberg will remain with Avnet to assist in the smooth transition of leadership.

Il Triangolo distributes Nodis

Italy: broadliner Il Triangolo has inked a distribution deal with new Italian vendor Nodis, which has developed a line of mobile smartphones, mobile phones and audio products.

ActionIT targets retail with Nicole Mintrop

Germany: PC component and storage specialist ActionIT has hired Nicole Mintrop as retail market manager. Nicole was previously working for broadliner B.Com as key account manager.

Gem appoints CE category manager

United Kingdom: retail specialist Gem Distribution has named Danielle Barker as its new category manager for consumer electronics. Barker brings experience from her past positions at ACCO Brands, Dixons Retail and Mac specialist Computers Unlimited. She will report to head of category Jon Sutherland.

Inline displays on Iiyama

Russia: broadliner Inline has added Iiyama monitors to its catalog.

Incom signs with Edimax

Poland: cabling and networking vendor Edimax has expanded its distribution network with PC component and peripheral specialist Incom.

Rectron prints on Ricoh

South Africa: broadliner Rectron has been chosen by Ricoh as an official distributor for its consumer, SOHO and small business printers, multifunction devices, consumables and solutions.

Mohamed Mobasseri to leave Comguard

Middle East: Mohamed Mobasseri, who was sales and marketing director for network and security VAD Comguard and key to its recent growth, has recently left the distributor for yet unknown whereabouts.

Entatech stores on A-Data

United Kingdom: broadliner Entatech has added A-Data SSD and USB hard drives to its catalog.

New offices for Computerlinks

France: network and security VAD Computerlinks has moved to larger offices in Clamart, near Paris, to answer more efficiently to the needs of its resellers and its planned growth.

Arrow ECS launches xSP Central Module of ArrowSphere platform for MSPs

American multispecialist Arrow Electronics has launched ArrowSphere xSP Central, a new online module that enables the managed service provider community to forecast and report on various service provider license agreements in one central platform. A key feature of the tool is the ability to simulate and predict the total cost of operating a particular cloud service for the end customer. The new offering is a complementary module to the ArrowSphere cloud services aggregation and brokerage platform launched in 2012. The platform includes patent-pending metering and reporting capabilities and provides MSPs with a centralised online dashboard to generate pricing models, evaluate vendor program options, automate monthly reports and perform various analyses, such as profit threshold and capacity planning. The efficiencies gained through the automation of such tasks, in combination with additional ArrowSphere capabilities, enables MSPs to increase their focus on value-creation activities. After a successful pilot with a set of MSPs and software vendors, ArrowSphere xSP Central is now available in all countries where Arrow has enterprise computing solutions ECS operations (Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom in the EMEA region).

Herbst officially new Tarsus CEO

South Africa: Anton Herbst, who was interim CEO of broadliner Tarsus Technologies following the resignation of Pierre Spies, has been permanently appointed to the position by holding company MB Technologies.

Gem appoints sales manager

United Kingdom: retail specialist Gem Distribution has appointed James Taylor as sales manager as part of the office products business.

Enterasys chooses ITway

France: network infrastructure vendor Enterasys has appointed networks and security VAD ITway as an official distributor in the country.

More gaming for Entatech

United Kingdom: broadliner Entatech has expanded its gaming portfolio with Mionix gaming surfaces, mice and keyboards.

EET Europarts back on acquisition track

Spain: sparepart specialist and broadliner EET Europarts has unveiled plans to acquire a local distributor to grow its marketshare in the country. The target will be a small-size distributor, with up to 40 employees and a turnover of €20m. No more specific details have been communicated yet.

Asustek appoints Ingram Micro

India: Asustek has appointed broadliner Ingram Micro as a national distributor for its desktops, all in one PCs, LCD monitors and projectors across the country, along with its existing distributor Rashi Peripherals. The decision to appoint Ingram Micro was taken keeping in mind the customer demand, channel expansion and strategic plans of the company. ASUS now aims to tap a newer market base, verticals and channel base with this strategic appointment. In the coming months ASUS will be conducting various roadshows and channel programs to create awareness in the channel about the new development.

More acquisitions for ALSO

Germany: having failed to acquire supply specialist Alpha International through Dutch group Safin, German distribution giant ALSO has not stopped acquisitions. The company has quietly put a hand on remarketing specialist Webinstore, Berlin-based Cora-IT service provider (field services, service desk, CO services, information security and distribution logistic – whose services will be white-branded for resellers) and Braunschweig-based Lumit GmbH, all for undisclosed amounts.

Sony Mobile in Action

Poland: Sony has appointed broadliner Action as an official distributor for its latest Xperia smartphones.

Overseas on the phone with Ginzzu

Russia: PC component specialist Overseas ventures in the mobile phone market with Ginzzu rugged products.