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Avnet makes cuts in the North

Simon Quicke

In a move designed to save money Avnet Technology Solutions has announced plans to reduce the number of Northern offices it keeps open reducing the number from two to three, with its Leeds base to be closed.

At the same time it has also revealed that industry veteran Paul Cook is also stepping down from his role as head of general sales and will stay with the business until the end of the calendar year.

The decision to restructure the UK organisation came after a review of the business that the distributor stated "determined it necessary to remove costs relating to business services that no longer align with the needs of its partners and/or suppliers to the extent that they are prepared to pay for them."

As a result of acquisitions Avnet had a handful of offices covering the North and will consolidate its operations around the Warrington and Haslingden offices, where it will look to relocate Leeds staff.

With Cook departing there are also some changes to management with Laura Harman, currently responsible for networking and security, storage, wireless and mobility, and unified communications taking on responsibility for Avnet’s HP business. Matt Tedstone, enterprise sales director of Avnet Technology Solutions, UK, will focus attention on growth areas including storage and services.  

John Toal, vice president and country manager, Avnet Technology Solutions UK and Ireland, said closing down an office was always a difficult decision.

“We will be working with employee representatives to try to minimize this impact. We remain committed to investing in the areas of our business that are driving growth for our business partners and supplier partners. At the same time, it is imperative that we are decisive in taking action to rebalance our resource requirements accordingly.  We will look to take costs out where necessary and at the same time invest in value-creating organic and M&A growth initiatives.”


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