Avnet Technology Solutions has moved fairly quickly to fill the post left vacant after Phil Gallagher called time on a three decade career at the distributor, choosing an internal applicant for the role.
Patrick Zammit, who has been president of Avent Electronics Marketing EMEA, has been promoted and takes up the position with responsibility for running the day-to-day operations of the global channel player.
Zammit is starting his 22nd year at the distributor and will report into Avnet CEO Rick Hamada and will have the benefit of Gallagher's advice for a bit longer as the channel player ensures there is a smooth transition.
“I believe Patrick is the right leader to take advantage of new opportunities for profitable growth at Avnet Technology Solutions which will contribute to the long-term success of Avnet,” said Hamada.
“His achievements as president of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA include a significant increase in profitability as well as increases in market share in both the semiconductor and IP&E markets. He has expertise in managing complex multicultural and geographic markets and is known as a passionate business leader with the ability to develop strategies that deliver market-leading results," he added.
Zammit joins at a time when the distributor is positioning itself for the future looking at how it can add value to the cloud and growth vertical markets as well as making plans for new financial models, including utility pricing.
Gallagher revealed his intention to step down last September "to focus on new career opportunities in line with his personal goals", but had always indicated he would stay until a successor had been found.