Rick Hamada Promoted To President Of Avnet Computer Marketing

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Rick Hamada, president of Avnet Hall-Mark North America, has been promoted to president of Avnet Computer Marketing, effective immediately, as part of various executive changes at the Phoenix-based distributor.

An 18-year Avnet veteran, Hamada replaces Andy Bryant, who was promoted to president of Avnet Electronics Marketing. Bryant succeeds Brian Hilton, who is set to retire on June 30, said Avnet executives.

The now-vacant top post at Avnet Hall-Mark, a division of Avnet Computer Marketing, was not immediately filled, although Hamada has "a short list" of candidates from which he will make the appointment, said Avnet executives.

Under Hamada's guidance over the past two and a half years, Avnet Hall-Mark revenue has grown about 75 percent, and Hamada has been "recognized as a top performer in sales and profits among his peers in the computer distribution business," said Roy Vallee, chairman and CEO of Avnet Inc.

Bryant and Hamada will work together to complete the transition during January, said Avnet executives. After the transition and considering candidates and structural options, Hamada then plans to name his successor as president of the $2.85 billion Avnet Hall-Mark division.

Under Bryant, Avnet Computer Marketing revenue grew about 55 percent, not including the acquisition of Kent Datacomm. Avnet Computer Marketing also acquired JBA and Savoir Technology Group, said Vallee.

"I'm very proud to note that Andy has groomed an excellent successor in Rick Hamada," Vallee said. "Rick is a talented executive with experience in both the single-tier and two-tier businesses at Avnet Computer Marketing, and he has an excellent track record of successes."

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