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Newark element14 Names New Senior Vice President Of Marketing

Chicago, IL (February 11, 2003)

Newark element14 Electronics, a division of global Premier Farnell plc (NYSE: PFP, LSE:PFL), and the market-leading distributor of electronic components and value-added services in the Americas, announced today that Jake Ring has been appointed Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Americas.

Mr. Ring, previously the Vice President and General Manager for American Superconductor Corp.'s Power Electronics Business Unit, will lead Newark element14's marketing initiatives in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

"Throughout his career, Jake has demonstrated real leadership and a talent for marketing electrical and electronic products in organizations ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations," Mike Ruprich, CEO of Newark element14 Electronics announced. "His in-depth knowledge of the design engineering market will benefit Newark element14, as we grow our business within this segment."

Ring will also develop new business processes and brand awareness programs to improve the overall productivity and return on Newark element14's marketing efforts.

Prior to his position at American Superconductor, Ring served as the vice president of marketing for Magnequench, Inc., and filled various roles with Emerson Electric Company. Jake Ring holds bachelor's degrees from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis' Olin School of Management.

About Newark element14

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell Ltd, is North America's leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment, and its #1 source for RoHS compliant parts and information. RoHS is the acronym for the European Union's Restrictions of certain Hazardous Substances directive, which took effect July 1, 2006.

Visited by thousands of engineers and electronics buyers each week, Newark element14's RoHS Express site at provides critical information to help companies transition to compliance, including: the latest news, on-demand lead-free soldering webinars, downloadable step-by-step guides to compliance and updates on US and Canadian green laws.

In addition to offering the broadest electronics selection from 440+ top manufacturers for same-day shipping, Newark element14 provides a unique range of value-added services at no charge, including, RoHS Bill of Materials updates, eProcurement implementation and support, and automatic re-reeling for components.

With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark element14 through contact centers, a local branch network in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, a dedicated field sales force and a world-class website at The holder of a General Services Administration schedule (#GS-06F-0044M,) Newark element14 also supports federal government customers through a dedicated website,, and a specially trained team of representatives.

Newark element14's parent company, Premier Farnell Ltd, is a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic, maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and specialist products and services, trading in more than 100 countries with a database of 2 million customer contacts. For general information, visit and Also, you can reach Newark element14's media contact, Janice Fleisher, at 773.907.5941 and at jfleisher@Newark

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