At The Governor's Celebration Of Innovation, Avnet Receives Large Company Innovator Of The Year Award. Photo (L-R): Steve Zylstra, President And CEO, Arizona Technology Council; Dan Allaby, Director, Cloud Offerings, Avnet Cloud Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas; Tim FitzGerald, Vice President, Digital Transformation, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas; Sandra Watson, President And CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority.

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, was recently recognized by the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority at the 2016 Governor's Celebration of Innovation. Avnet was selected as the Large Company Innovator of the Year for its Avnet Cloud Marketplace - a digital platform designed to help partners capitalize on cloud computing opportunities. These annual awards honor the visionaries of Arizona's technology ecosystem whose passion and dedication energize Arizona's rapidly growing technology community.

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At the Governor's Celebration of Innovation, Avnet receives Large Company Innovator of the Year Award. Photo (L-R): Steve Zylstra, President and CEO, Arizona Technology Council; Dan Allaby, Director, Cloud Offerings, Avnet Cloud Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas; Tim FitzGerald, Vice President, Digital Transformation, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas; Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority.

The Avnet Cloud Marketplace offers comprehensive solutions from leading cloud service providers, flexible payment models and a powerful cloud management toolset all in one place, enabling partners to quickly and cost-effectively expand their cloud offerings. The marketplace provides a comprehensive platform that spans the entire cloud ecosystem, delivering a way to easily buy, bill, manage and optimize cloud services. Additionally, partners can create their own branded cloud storefronts in the marketplace to sell cloud services and solutions, making them the single-source cloud providers and trusted advisors their customers need.

"Cloud computing offers businesses a more efficient and cost-effective way to develop and manage their IT infrastructure. It is truly revolutionizing IT departments across all industries. With the development of our Avnet Cloud Marketplace, we are providing our partners with the best possible solutions to support their customers' evolving needs in this critical area," said Jeff Bawol, president of Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "This award validates the incredible efforts of our team to provide our partners with innovative digital platforms that help them profitably grow their businesses."

The Avnet Cloud Marketplace is one of the many ways Avnet is helping its partners excel through specialization while capitalizing on the high-growth, next-generation technologies that are redefining the future. In addition to cloud computing, partners can leverage Avnet's in-depth expertise in complementary technology market segments, including cognitive computing, data analytics, data center, internet of things (IOT), mobility, security and enterprise networking.

"The Governor's Celebration of Innovation highlights the innovators in science and technology making a critical impact on the economic future of Arizona," said Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "As one of the largest public companies in Arizona, Avnet gives our state a competitive edge as a global leader in technology and I congratulate them on their well-deserved award."

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About Avnet, Inc.

From components to cloud and from design to disposal, Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology by providing a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. Avnet is a global company ranked on the FORTUNE 500 with revenues of $26.2 billion for the fiscal year 2016. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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