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GTDC Appoints Esprinet CEO Alessandro Cattani as Regional Deputy Chairman for Europe

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 07/09/14 -- The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) today announced the appointment of Alessandro Cattani as its first Regional Deputy Chairman for Europe. This newly created position allows the GTDC to respond more quickly to market conditions and relevant issues in the EMEA region.

Cattani, the CEO of Esprinet S.p.A., (PRT.MI), a EUR 2 billion technology distributor operating in Italy and Spain, was named a member of the GTDC's executive council last October. In this additional role, he will help drive the strategic direction and initiatives in Europe for the GTDC, an industry association for the world's leading technology distributors that annually generates more than $130 billion in global product and services revenue. GTDC members distribute to 187 countries today -- 95% of the world.

Esprinet's CEO since November 2000, Cattani brings more than 20 years of executive leadership to this expanded leadership position within the GTDC. Prior to leading Esprinet, Cattani worked for 10 years on management consulting projects, including the merger of three distribution companies into the current Esprinet, when he was asked to lead the company. Cattani graduated from Milan's Politecnico with a degree in electronic engineering and completed a master of management degree from the Scuola di Direzione Aziendale dell'Universita Bocconi.

"Alessandro's exceptional knowledge of the European technology distribution market has served Esprinet well for many years and now the GTDC will also benefit from his insights and leadership," commented Tim Curran, CEO of the GTDC.

Cattani will work closely with Rick Hamada, CEO of Avnet and chairman of the GTDC, on driving the direction and development of GTDC initiatives in EMEA. "I want to welcome Alessandro to this new position and I look forward to a collaboration that further strengthens distribution relationships in Europe," Hamada commented.

"It is my pleasure to become the first person to accept this new position and I look forward to helping the GTDC become even more successful in the region," Cattani commented. "We recently concluded our 10th European Vendor Summit with record attendance, evidence of the value that distributors are providing in the technology distribution channel in EMEA."

About The Global Technology Distribution Council
The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) is the world's largest consortium of technology distributors, representing more than $130 billion in global sales. GTDC members include ABC Data, AB S.A (WSE: ABPL), ALSO (SIX: ALSN), Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW), Avnet (NYSE: AVT), Computer Gross Italia, D&H, Esprinet (PRT.MI), Exertis, Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM), Intcomex, Logicom (CSE: LOG), Officer Distribuidora, Redington (BSE: REDI), Tarsus, ScanSource (NASDAQ: SCSC), SiS Technologies (HKSE: 0529), SYNNEX (NYSE: SNX), Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD), Westcoast LTD and Westcon Group.

About Esprinet
Esprinet (Italian Stock Exchange: PRT) is engaged in the wholesale distribution of IT and consumer electronics in Italy and Spain, with ~40.000 resellers customers served and 600 brands supplied. Consolidated 2013 sales of EUR 2 billion rank the Company No. 1 in Italy and No. 2 in Spain (No.5 in Europe). Uniquely enabled by its internet-based business model (www.esprinet.com), Esprinet is especially focused on delivering technology to resellers mainly addressing the small-to-midsize businesses (SMB).

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