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Westcon Group Taps Former Avaya Channel Chief to Lead Newly Created EMEA Operations

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, today announced the company has tapped a former Avaya veteran to lead its newly converged European unified communications, European security and Africa/India/Middle East operations.  Jeremy Butt brings to Westcon more than 20-years of sales and marketing expertise, leading successful worldwide channel efforts at Avaya and Motorola. 

While at Avaya, Jeremy Butt managed the company's 9,000 relationships with systems integrators, service providers, distributors, value-added resellers and solutions providers.  He played a central role in the launch and ongoing success of Avaya Connect – the company's first global channel program.

"For more than two decades, Jeremy has built a reputation as one of the premier executives in the channel.  During that time, Westcon has also strengthened our leadership brand across Europe, the Middle East and Africa," said Dean Douglas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Westcon Group.  "Jeremy is a great hire for us – as he'll bring the right mix of experience and leadership necessary to power our next stage of growth."

As newly-appointed EMEA Executive Vice President, Jeremy Butt will bring together separate regional business units into an EMEA regional unit.  Responsible for strengthening partner relationships and expanding the reach of Westcon's Unified Communications and Security business practices, he will drive profitability for new and existing customers and markets across the distributor's eco-system of partners.

"I've been fortunate enough to work closely with Westcon in EMEA on a number of occasions throughout my career.  The company has lived up to its reputation as a customer-centric distributor with an unmatched level of expertise," said Jeremy Butt, Executive Vice President of EMEA, Westcon Group.  "I'm proud to be the newest member of this winning team.  Working together, I fully expect us to not only meet, but far exceed our aggressive goals for the region."

Jeremy Butt joined Avaya in 2008 and led the company's recruitment and integration of Nortel Enterprise Systems channel partners following the acquisition in 2009.  At Motorola, he oversaw the company's PartnerSelect channel program and aligned new technology development with services and channel strategies for bringing new enterprise mobility solutions to market. 

In his new position, Jeremy Butt will report directly to Dean Douglas and will be based in Slough, UK.

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About Westcon Group

Westcon Group, Inc. is a value added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers.  Westcon's teams create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners.  Strong relationships at every level of the Westcon Group organization enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs.  From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue.  Westcon Group's portfolio of market-leading vendors includes:  Brocade, Cisco, Polycom, Juniper Networks, F5, Avaya, Check Point, and Blue Coat.  For more information, please visit:

Media Contact:
Craig Librett
Westcon Group
(914) 357-1747


SOURCE Westcon Group

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