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Avnet’s Steve Phillips Inducted into CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame

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Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that its CIO, Steve Phillips, was selected as a 2015 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame from IDG’s CIO magazine. The CIO Hall of Fame honors established information technology (IT) executives and visionaries whose leadership has significantly impacted the field of IT.

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Steve Phillips Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Avnet, Inc. (Photo: Business Wir

Steve Phillips Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Avnet, Inc. (Photo: Business Wire)

Phillips joined Avnet as CIO in 2005, following the company’s acquisition of electronics distributor Memec. Under Phillips’ leadership, his team has provided highly scaled IT that has empowered Avnet to continually meet the evolving needs of its customers, employees and suppliers. They have been at the forefront of Avnet’s capabilities in big data and analytics, bring your own device (BYOD), digital business and Green IT. Phillips and his team have also led the IT integration of more than 50 companies around the world, assisting Avnet in expanding its global footprint.

“Steve and his team have strategically leveraged IT to accelerate Avnet’s success over the last decade,” said Rick Hamada, CEO, Avnet, Inc. “This prestigious recognition further validates Avnet’s business-centric IT strategy and culture of innovation. We applaud Steve and his team for their vital role in helping Avnet grow profitably, expand our capabilities, enhance customer service and increase operational efficiencies.”

Phillips also embraces Avnet’s commitment to making a difference in the communities where the company’s employees live, work and play. From 2008-2011, he served as the chairman of the Arizona Technology Council, a trade association, where he helped support the Arizona Competitiveness Package that encourages businesses to invest in jobs and facilities in Arizona. Phillips is currently furthering the partnership between academia and the IT industry as a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Information Systems Department of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He also is chairman of the board for Wick Communications – a U.S.-based news and specialty publications company.

“Being named to the CIO Hall of Fame is a reflection of the incredible teamwork among Avnet’s employees and our consistent focus on helping Avnet and our customers achieve their business goals,” said Phillips. “We’ve worked in partnership to create a highly collaborative and hard-working environment, where IT is a competitive advantage for our company, customers and suppliers. I deeply appreciate the dedication of our employees around the world who strive each day to find new and innovative ways to grow and succeed.”

The CIO Hall of Fame was first created in 1997 to spotlight 12 outstanding IT leaders who had significantly contributed to and profoundly influenced the IT discipline, the use of technology in business and the advancement of the CIO role. Ten years later, in 2007, CIO inducted its second class of honorees into the CIO Hall of Fame during CIO magazine’s 20th anniversary celebration. CIO continues to showcase this elite group of CIOs – now numbering 78 – during the CIO Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

“Entrance into the CIO Hall of Fame is the mark of a distinguished, highly respected career in IT, and the men and women chosen for this honor are carefully vetted by our alumni judges,” says Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief, CIO magazine & events. “Since our first class of honorees in 1997, each new group represents IT leadership at its very best. The five outstanding CIOs chosen this year are transforming businesses with technology, collaborating across the C-Suite, and demonstrating the kind of innovative spirit that inspires us all.”

The CIO Hall of Fame awards ceremony will take place on August 11, 2015, which will be held during The CIO 100 Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

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About CIO Magazine

CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise. The award-winning CIO, CIO Magazine (launched in 1987), CIO executive programs, CIO custom solutions, CIO Forum on LinkedIn and CIO primary research-provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) , a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2014, Avnet generated sales of $27.5 billion. For more information, visit

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