Bracknell, UK – 11 March 2015 – Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has announced that Clare Connor has won Credit Controller of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) British Credit Awards 2015.

Clare was nominated by her peers for her outstanding commitment to the role of credit controller at Avnet Technology Solutions, UK, her team contribution and the results achieved. The award was presented at the recent CICM awards ceremony held at The Brewery in London.

Award winners were selected by an independent judging panel following a review of entries that provided evidence of the nominee’s outstanding personal efforts and team contribution to credit management. The panel included industry representatives from the Institute of Export, HSBC, Twentieth Century Fox International Corporation, Amey plc and Lovetts plc.

Connor’s credit control experience spans 17 years, primarily within IT and IT distribution. During her time at Avnet, Clare has played an important role in supporting the integration of acquisitions. She has been integral to the adoption of new processes while developing excellent customer relationships and often exceeding targets and expectations.

Darren Maynard, FCICM, head of credit, Avnet Technology Solutions, UK, said, “Clare’s skill, passion and energy for credit control, her ability to deliver on targets, and her team contribution and personal performance have been outstanding. Clare is committed every single day to maximising her cash inflow and strives for over-achievement. She motivates and mentors the team to perform better and is always first to offer assistance and guidance. In fiscal year 2014 she achieved 125 percent of her target for collections, which is a phenomenal accomplishment.”

Avnet business partner Q Associates Ltd. supported Connor’s nomination. Deana Carpenter, financial controller for Q Associates, said, “I have worked with Clare for more than two years. She is highly professional. I can call her at any time for a statement of account and she will always do it as quickly as possible. Knowing that she is always there at the other end of the phone makes my life easier. You could not wish for a friendlier, more attentive partner.”

As well as winning the CICM, Credit Controller of the Year award, Clare has received recognition within Avnet by being nominated as a ‘super hero’ by her peers in 2014, an award that recognises significant contributions made by individuals.

About The Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM)
The CICM is Europe’s largest professional association for the credit community. Formed over 75 years ago, the Institute was granted its Royal Charter in 2014. The trusted leader in expertise for all credit and collections matters, it represents the profession across trade, consumer and international credit, and all credit-related services.
The Institute promotes professionalism and best practice through its award-winning Credit Management magazine, and our CICMQ quality accreditation scheme recognises outstanding organisations. It gives members a voice, influences government policy and direction, and collaborates with other business organisations. Its close relationship is exemplified through its management of the Prompt Payment Code for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the highly acclaimed CICM Managing Cashflow Guides which the Institute authored.
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About Avnet Technology Solutions
As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions transforms technology into business solutions for customers around the world. It collaborates with customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the changing needs of end-user customers. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $11.0 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2014. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit

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