Meet the team

Led by the President, Rudy Van Parijs, the members of the Executive Management Team drive the direction, business strategy and operations of Avnet Abacus within Avnet EMEA.

Rudy Van Parijs, President

Rudy’s career at Avnet spans 27 years. For the past eight years, he has been responsible for running EBV Southern Europe. After graduating in electronics engineering, Rudy began his career at the University of Leuven, moved on to a start-up, then to a local Belgian distributor before joining as EBV as a Field Application Engineer in 1991. Since then he has occupied a number of senior roles, including managing the Benelux region and leading the technical organisation of EBV in Poing (while completing his Corporate Finance degree).

Alan Jermyn, Vice President of Marketing

Alan Jermyn, Vice President of Marketing at Avnet Abacus, occupied senior management roles at the Abacus Group for a number of years.

Previous positions include General Manager ECD, General Manager of Dubilier and Eledis and Marketing Director of Micromark C&CD. He joined the Abacus Group in 2000 with the acquisition of passives distributor C&CD, where he was joint Managing Director. Jermyn has over 35 years' experience in electronic component distribution. 

 

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Gitta Buecher – EMEA Asset Manager

Gitta has always worked in distribution, occupying a number of senior roles in marketing, asset and procurement. After graduating with a degree in business administration, she began her career with Astronic and moved to Arrow three years later. She joined Avnet Abacus in Abacus 2012 as Asset Manager for Germany and from 2018 will take on the role of EMEA Asset manager for Avnet Abacus.

Rico Dornieden, Business Controller

Rico Dornieden is the Business Controller for Avnet Abacus, focussing on the key financial drivers of the business and how they can be improved. Prior to becoming Avnet Abacus Business Controller, he spent over six years as Senior Business Analyst for Avnet Abacus. He has a Masters degree in business and previously held similar roles at Sun Microsystems.

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Kieron Murdock, Regional VP North

Kieron Murdock, Regional VP North for Avnet Abacus, is responsible for the Nordics, Benelux and UK & Ireland regions. Previously Director of Avnet Abacus UK & Ireland, Kieron has a 15 year track record in component distribution. He joined Abacus Group in 2003 as Subsidiary Manager for Abacus Solent and was subsequently appointed Regional Sales Manager, for UK south. Earlier in his career he was an Account Manager at Rutronik.

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Marc Reiterer, Regional VP Central & Eastern

Marc Reiterer, Regional VP Central & Eastern at Avnet Abacus, is responsible for supporting the business in Central & Eastern Europe. Previously Regional Director Central Europe, he first entered electronic distribution in 1998. He worked for Spoerle Electronic and then as a Field Sales Engineer at Sasco, before the two companies merged to become Arrow Electronics.

Following time as Supply Chain Manager at Draeger Electronics, where he was responsible for Purchasing and the implementation of logistic solutions, he moved back into Distribution, joining Avnet in 2005. Previously Regional Sales Manager Bavaria with Avnet Time, he has held the positions of Sales Manager CE South and Sales Director CE before taking over responsibility for the business operations of Abacus in Central Europe and taking a role as Managing Director of Avnet EMG GmbH.

Mario Merino, Regional VP South

Mario Merino, Regional VP South, is responsible for Iberia, France and Italy. Previously Regional Director Iberia, he studied Electronics and Software Telecom Engineering and began his career as an electronics designer for Eliop in 1992. Four years later he joined SEI ADM as an FAE for Xilinx.

His career with Avnet began in 2000 when he moved into the role of Technical Manager at Avnet Memec and later as Portugal Sales Manager for Silica. He was appointed as Iberia Sales Manager for Avnet Abacus in 2013. Mario also has responsibility for the business of Avnet Silica in Iberia.

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Henrik Günther, Nordic Director

Henrik Günther, Nordic Director at Avnet Abacus, was previously Managing Director of Abacus Conelec, a specialist electromechanical distribution business in the Nordic region.

He joined Conelec in 1993 as Sales Manager, a position that he continued to hold when the business was sold to Deltron. When Abacus acquired Deltron in 2006, he was promoted to Managing Director. Günther started his career with Tyco Electronics in 1987 in an external sales position.

Laurent Meunier-Beillard, Regional Sales Manager - France & North Africa

Laurent Meunier-Beillard,Regional Sales Manager, France and North Africa at Avnet Abacus, has thirty years’ experience in sales and marketing for IPE components, working at both distributors and manufacturers. 

He joined Avnet Time in 2003 as Business Development Manager for power products and was subsequently appointed as Technical Marketing Manager. Prior to this he had marketing and sales positions at Chloride, Convergie and UR group.

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Marco Donà, Country Director - Italy

Donà first entered the electronic distribution industry in 1978. Since then Donà has gained experience in various market sectors including semiconductor architecture, embedded devices and IP&E, working both for international companies and, for a limited period of time, managing his own company. In April 2008 he joined Abacus ECC after 16 years at Arrow.

Claudia Jocher, Regional Director - Austria & Eastern Europe

Jocher started her career in the IT industry, working for companies such as Compaq, Sun Microsystems and Informix as Sales Manager.  She has developed a great deal of experience in Eastern Europe through various sales roles since 1993, ultimately joining WBC (an EBV company) in 1998 and a year later becoming General Sales Manager for Eastern Europe, Greece and Turkey.

In 2005, Jocher joined Avnet Time as Director of Sales – Eastern Europe, Austria, Greece and Turkey. She continues in this role following the acquisition of the Abacus Group by Avnet in 2009, to become Regional Director, Austria & Eastern Europe.

Eddy Bollaart, Regional Director - Benelux

Eddy Bollart began his career in the electronics industry in 1990. He has a Bachelors degree in electronics, and has held positions in Rodelco (a Sonepar company) and Future Electronics. Bollaart joined Avnet Time in 2007 as a Regional Sales Manager, and following the acquisition of Abacus in 2009 he held various roles before his appointment as Regional Director Benelux in January 2017.

Mark McGill, Country Director – UK & Ireland

Mark McGill is the Country Director for Avnet Abacus in the UK & Ireland and also assumes the role of Country Director for Avnet Silica in the UK & Ireland. Mark joined the Abacus Group back in 2006 and has held an number of roles including Business Development Manager, Sales Manager and more recently as New Business Director. Mark previously spent 9 years with Vishay.