Westcon Group Named Best EMEA Distributor of the Year by Avaya

Global Distributor Recognised for Outstanding Revenue Growth, Partner Recruitment and Development Throughout 2011

Burgess Hill, UK, November 9th , 2011 – Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, today announced the company has been named "Best Distributor 2011" for the EMEA region by Avaya.  The award was presented by Avaya's Jeremy Butt, Vice President of Worldwide Channels, in front of more than 200 channel partners during the company's recent Partner Conference in Berlin, Germany.

Kicking off a new financial year with its annual partner conference, Avaya reaffirmed its commitment to a customer-centric partner-enabled business model across EMEA and recognised the role channel partners played in this success.  Avaya's Connect EMEA Channel Partner Awards 2011 honored leading members of the company's partner program – those who demonstrated significant revenue performance, technical expertise and overall growth across key solutions areas.

"Westcon is undoubtedly a valued partner, and this award recognises the company's contribution to our business in 2011," said Jan Lawford, Senior Director, EMEA Channels, Avaya.  "During the last year, Westcon demonstrated exceptional technical expertise and an impressive commitment to our business.  Through its sales, marketing and service support programs, Westcon also supported both new and existing partners in developing their skills."

Lawford continued, "We are asking partners to broaden their commitment to the Avaya portfolio while delivering genuine expertise and value to their customers. Westcon's proactive role in helping partners to achieve this, along with an overall commitment to Avaya is why we recognised Westcon with this award."

"Today's announcement builds on our deep and longstanding partnership with Avaya," commented David Grant, Senior Vice President, Westcon Convergence Europe. "We work incredibly hard to continually develop our skill set across Avaya's portfolio to effectively align ourselves with their objectives and have the largest number of Avaya accredited staff in EMEA with a proven ability to accelerate partner growth. We are truly honoured that Avaya has chosen to recognise Westcon for this commitment."

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Runa Macleod

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