Avnet appoints new regional director
Henry Godwin will lead distributor’s operations in the MEA region
Avnet Technology Solutions, an IT solutions distribution and part of Avnet Incorporated, has named Henry Godwin as regional director for the Middle East and Africa (MEA).
Godwin’s appointment comes after the departure of the then managing director Jamal Qaffaf, who quit Avnet Technology Solutions earlier this year to pursue other business interests.
Godwin will be responsible for the strategic direction of Avnet Technology Solutions in the MEA region. Godwin will report to Graeme Watt, president, Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA.
“Henry was selected for this position based on a proven track record in setting up new supplier franchises and driving exceptional results in terms of market share growth and profitability,” said Watt. “He is a high achiever who consistently delivers more than what is asked of him. Henry’s ability to build teams and work with channel partners will help Avnet continue to grow throughout the region, and allow us to create new opportunities for our partners in these markets.”
Godwin joins Avnet from Computacenter, where he was head of category, responsible for product categories spanning the data centre, networking and software. Prior to joining Computacenter, Godwin was vendor divisional leader at Bell Microproducts, where he reported directly to the European board and was responsible for achieving the revenue and profit targets of the company’s HP business in the UK and Symantec in EMEA.
Throughout his career, Godwin has become known for developing strong vendor relationships and support teams, exceptional supply chain management and an ability to deliver specialised data centre solutions that provide partners with a competitive edge in their target markets.
“The MEA region remains an emerging market with high growth potential for the IT channel,” Watt added. “Henry will help accelerate the growth of Avnet’s channel in the region by implementing localised programmes and developing complete multi-vendor data centre solutions for our partners that include servers, storage, software, and value-added services.”