Sunday, April 19, 2009


PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its continued commitment to employee development and engagement, global technology distribution and services company Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) today announced the promotion of MaryAnn Miller to Chief Human Resources Officer, effective immediately. Miller reports to Avnet Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Roy Vallee and is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of Avnet’s global human resources and organizational development teams. Miller has also been appointed to serve on the Avnet Executive Board and was previously added to the Avnet Global Executive Council, which play significant roles in setting Avnet’s overall strategic direction. She succeeds Steve Church, who now leads Avnet’s Operational Excellence initiatives.

“Avnet is committed to investing in the development and personal growth of our people,” said Vallee. “MaryAnn’s substantial experience in employee programs, performance, career development, and business performance make her the ideal person to help Avnet continue to attract, develop and engage the best employees in the industry today.”

Previously, Miller served as senior vice president of global human resources for Avnet, as well as vice president of talent and organizational effectiveness. In recognition of her contributions, she was a recipient of Avnet’s 2009 Chairman’s Award. She came to Avnet in 2006 with more than 25 years of experience in HR and business management in diverse industries. Prior to joining the company, Miller was Vice President of HR for the Electronic Systems Segment at Goodrich Corporation, a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. She also served as vice president of corporate services and was a corporate officer at OrthoLogic, a publicly traded biotechnology company.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business. MaryAnn serves on the Executive MBA Advisory Board of the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU.

About Avnet

Avnet, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2008, Avnet generated revenue of $17.95 billion. For more information, visit