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Global Executive Gert Labuschagne Named Newark element14 President

CHICAGO, May 07, 2010

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Premier Farnell announces the appointment of Gert Labuschagne to the position of President at Newark element14, its leading multi-channel electronics distributor in the Americas. He is based in Newark element14's Chicago headquarters and is responsible for leading all of its operations within the US, Canada and Mexico.

Gert brings extensive experience of the global electronics industry, having spent more than 20 years in senior leadership positions in South Africa and Asia Pacific. He was president of Altech Distribution, South Africa's largest distributor, and led its joint venture with US-based Arrow Electronics, successfully merging 4 complex and sizeable business units into one dynamic organization. In 1999, Gert moved to Australia to lead Arrow's business there. He was later promoted to the role of Vice President South Asia for Arrow, working across the ASEAN countries and India in addition to Australia and New Zealand, and brings a truly international perspective to his new role.

"Gert is a global executive with broad industry experience, an in-depth knowledge of distribution and a thorough understanding of the needs of our suppliers and customers," comments Harriet Green, CEO, Premier Farnell. "He will continue to drive Newark element14's strategy for growth, and we are delighted to have attracted another global leader of his caliber to join our team."

"I am excited to join Newark element14 at this time of great transformation and opportunity, and I look forward to meeting customers and suppliers very soon, starting with next week's Electronic Distribution Show in Las Vegas." said Gert Labuschange.

Editor's Note: a hi-res image of Mr. Labuschagne is available at

About Newark element14

Newark element14, part of the global Premier Farnell Group, and a leading multi-channel, high-service electronics distributor supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals across the Americas, is known for offering the broadest selection of components and test equipment from 440+ top manufacturers for design engineer and maintenance technicians. With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark element14 through contact centers, a local branch network, field sales force and a world-class website at that offers exclusive tools to manage, track and review purchases, quotes and invoices online. Committed to innovation and reducing its environmental impact, Newark element14 has been making a difference in the electronics industry for 75 years.

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