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Newark element14 Recruits Senior eCommerce & Product VPs

CHICAGO (March 8, 2005)

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global Premier Farnell plc and the leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment in North America, announced two senior-level appointments: Jeff Shafer, senior vice president, product and Susan Fischer, senior vice president, marketing and e-commerce. Both newly created positions report to Paul Tallentire, president of Newark element14, and are effective immediately.

Mr. Shafer joins Newark element14 with close to 30 years of experience in the electronic component distribution industry, including 10 years at Arrow Electronics, and 17 years with TTI Inc. in sales and management roles. Most recently he served as vice president, passive product marketing for TTI in Ft. Worth, TX. He will lead product management, product data, pricing and customer segment initiatives at Newark element14.

Ms. Fischer's extensive background in technology, direct marketing, and e-commerce includes 4 years at CDW Computer Centers, where she created and executed an award-winning e-business strategy. Most recently, she was president of ComMarketing, Inc. in Bloomingdale, IL, a digital strategy and integrated marketing firm serving Fortune 1000 companies.

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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