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Premier Farnell Appoints Chris Breslin as New President

Chris BreslinPremier Farnell announced the appointment of Chris Breslin as the new President as Graham McBeth retires from his position as President of Premier Farnell.

The announcement was made by Avnet as they introduced Chris Breslin who is currently the senior vice president for global products at Premier Farnell as McBeth’s replacement at its Investor Day event in New York City held on 14th June.

Assuming his responsibilities, Breslin will report to Pete Bartolotta, Chief Transformation Officer at Avnet as he leads the Premier Farnell business and continues to drive synergies with the Avnet organization.

McBeth took the helm at Premier Farnell when the business was acquired by Avnet in 2016 and has delivered double-digit growth and profitability under his leadership.

Adding to Graham McBeth’s retirement, Pete Bartolotta, Chief Transformation Officer for Avnet, said, “Graham’s ability to lead an organization and get the very best out of his team shows, as the business results speak for themselves. Graham—thank you for the contributions you have made during your time at Avnet.”

Commenting further, Bartolotta on Chris Breslin’s appointment noted, “As Avnet and Premier Farnell continue to deliver on Avnet’s end-to-end ecosystem strategy, the strength of our senior leadership team remains one of our greatest assets, as evident by Chris’ appointment to lead Premier Farnell. He brings the experience, knowledge of the business and leadership style that will help Premier Farnell continue to grow.”

Looking back, Breslin joined Premier Farnell in July of 2014 as Chief Product Officer, and during his tenure, globalized Premier Farnell’s asset and product organization and greatly improved the company’s customer proposition by adding several dozens, new suppliers.

Prior to Premier Farnell, Breslin spent five years as the Chief Operating Officer for Crescent Electric Supply Company. He was responsible for the company’s $1B P&L and grew their operating profit significantly in a span of three years. Breslin has more than 14 years in the industry in various management positions.

Breslin is said to assume the new position immediately and McBeth will stay with Premier Farnell until the end of July, allowing time for a thorough handover between the leaders.

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