Bracknell, UK - April 11th 2013 - Avnet Technology Solutions, a leader in global IT solutions distribution and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced the departure of Fabian von Kuenheim, CEO of Magirus, from its EMEA business. For the past six months von Kuenheim has played a key role in the initial integration of the Magirus Group following its acquisition by Avnet, Inc. on 1 October 2012. von Kuenheim will leave the company to pursue new entrepreneurial challenges but will provide advisory support to Avnet for a transitional period until September 2013.
Graeme Watt, president of Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA, commented, “The Magirus integration is going to plan and we are making good progress on realising the short- and long-term goals we have set ourselves as we bring together the two companies. I would like to place on record my thanks and gratitude to Fabian von Kuenheim for everything he has contributed in the short time we have worked together, and I wish him every success in the future.”
Rick Hamada, CEO of Avnet, Inc. stated on the occasion of the farewell of von Kuenheim, “For more than 10 years, I have had the pleasure of knowing Fabian von Kuenheim as an astute businessman, valued industry colleague and personal friend long before his formal inclusion into our Avnet team. Over his long years at the helm of Magirus he always maintained the company’s position to be in touch with the pulse of the market, and he actively promoted a proud culture and philosophy around the vision of being a truly innovative service provider. I wish to thank him in particular for the successful transition of the Magirus Group into our EMEA business in the period since October 2012. His lasting contributions will ensure that this excellent foundation of the Magirus Group will continue to impact our industry as part of the bright future for Avnet Technology Solutions.”
von Kuenheim said, “On 31 March 2013, to the day, it was 25 years since I dedicated myself to the successful development and leadership of Magirus. This was only possible due to the huge support of those within the company in tandem with our customers, partners, vendors and shareholders. My special thanks go to our brilliant employees, all of whom created and embodied our culture, team spirit, ingenuity and understanding of the different nuances of the EMEA market. I look back with pride on what has been created at Magirus, which is now entering a new, successful phase in its development as part of Avnet.”