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Avnet names Gallagher CEO

23rd November 2020
Mick Elliott

Phil Gallagher is now officially Chief Executive Officer of Avnet, effective immediately.

Named interim CEO in August on the departure of Bill Amelio, Gallagher, a 37-year veteran of Avnet, has also been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

"The Board of Directors is pleased with the appointment of Phil as Avnet's CEO. His steady hand and his consistent commitment to the technology industry will benefit all of our stakeholders," said Rodney C. Adkins, Chairman of the Board, Avnet. “In today’s dynamic global market, we are confident that Phil’s back to basics approach, as well as his experience and vision for the future, will enable Avnet to continue delivering value to our customers, supplier partners, employees and shareholders.”

Gallagher has held executive leadership positions in sales, marketing, and operations during his tenure at the company.

Prior to his interim CEO position, he was the Global President of Avnet’s Electronics Components business.

Gallagher was formerly the President of the National Electronic Distributors Association and currently serves on the advisory board of Women in Electronics.

“It is an honour to be named Avnet’s CEO,” said Gallagher. “We sit firmly in the centre of the technology value chain and therefore have a tremendous opportunity to build our leadership and market position as we help our customers and suppliers meet their evolving needs. As the company enters its centennial year in 2021, our strategy will build on Avnet’s core distribution business by leveraging our talented people and strong relationships to deliver profitable growth. I am extremely excited about our future.”

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