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Avnet Technology Solutions Selected As IBM Global Training Provider, Further Extending Its Value-Added Services Offerings

Avnet Technology Solutions, a leader in global IT solutions distribution and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced it has been selected by IBM to serve as an IBM Global Training Provider, further cementing Avnet’s existing relationship with IBM as one of its largest global partners. Avnet will now offer its global network of reseller partners, as well as end users, in-depth training programs to build competency and knowledge around the entire IBM portfolio.

The centers supporting this global training role will commence on July 12, 2013, in two phases, starting with: Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the U.K. and Ireland, and the U.S. Phase two will include: Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Phil Gallagher, global president, Avnet Technology Solutions, commented, “Serving as an IBM Global Training Provider advances our long-term strategic goals by enhancing our IBM portfolio and expertise. Being recognized as a trusted training provider by one of the leaders in IT on such a global scale allows us to further expand our value-added services offerings, especially following our recent launch of Avnet Services. More importantly, it helps drive education to enable our partners and resellers to grow and better address end customers’ business challenges.”

Bob McDonald, vice president, IBM Training, said, “With its proven track record in delivering quality training and value-added services worldwide, Avnet will help to develop, maintain and optimize our clients’ IBM technical skills, knowledge, and expertise in advanced solutions for mobile, cloud, analytics and social business.”

As an IBM Global Training Provider, Avnet offers the complete portfolio of more than 2,500 IBM training courses to IBM employees, reseller partners and customers around the world directly and through its global network of experienced IBM Training Partners.

One such partner is Jack Morton Worldwide, a leading global provider of technical training for individuals and organizations. Paula DeFeo, senior vice president, managing director at Jack Morton Worldwide, who has led IBM’s training programs across North America, said, “We’ve been delivering comprehensive training programs for IBM clients for 20 years, which makes us a highly competent partner in this arena. We look forward to collaborating exclusively with Avnet to define, develop and offer IBM education solutions that meet the needs of IBM customers worldwide.”

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