Five former Bell staff have been handed top-level positions in Avnet’s post-acquisition UK management team.
Avnet Technology Solutions virtually doubled the size of its UK operation when it bought rival distributor Bell in the summer for $252m.
After taking the reins of the enlarged EMEA business, Graeme Watt promised the union would be a merger of equals for Bell staff and several of Bell’s old team have secured slots in the new UK line-up.
An internal memo was sent out today introducing the team that will report into new UK managing director John Toal, who himself hailed from the Bell side.
Former Bell sales chief Paul Cook has been named as one of three UK sales directors. He will look after key accounts, SMB and integrator sales teams.
Heading up Avnet's enterprise computing sales efforts will be Matt Tedstone, while Laura Harman retains her role as sales director with responsibility for networking and security, storage and wireless mobility and document management. The arrangement reflects Avnet’s desire to blend its technology-focused sales model with Bell’s customer-segmented approach.
Linda Patterson remains in her position as UK marketing director. However, three former Bell heads – Nick Lee, Margaret Duke and John Pereira – will fill the top slots in finance, HR and logistics respectively.
Toal stated: “With the new team in place our focus will now be to deliver profitable growth and to be the best VAD in the market.”
Toal also confirmed that former Bell director Colin McGregor had departed to set up his own people development consultancy.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Colin for the last eight years and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for his outstanding contribution to the business over that time,” Toal said.
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