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Avnet’s Clare Connor wins Chartered Institute of Credit Management Credit Controller of the Year Award 2015

By CreditMan Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has announced that Clare Connor has won Credit Controller of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) British Credit Awards 2015. Clare was nominated by her peers for her outstanding commitment to the role of credit controller at Avnet Technology Solutions, UK, her team contribution and the results achieved. The award was presented at the recent CICM awards ceremony held at The Brewery in London.

Award winners were selected by an independent judging panel following a review of entries that provided evidence of the nominee’s outstanding personal efforts and team contribution to credit management. The panel included industry representatives from the Institute of Export, HSBC, Twentieth Century Fox International Corporation, Amey plc and Lovetts plc.

Connor’s credit control experience spans 17 years, primarily within IT and IT distribution. During her time at Avnet, Clare has played an important role in supporting the integration of acquisitions. She has been integral to the adoption of new processes while developing excellent customer relationships and often exceeding targets and expectations.

Darren Maynard, FCICM, head of credit, Avnet Technology Solutions, UK, said, “Clare’s skill, passion and energy for credit control and her team contribution and personal performance have been outstanding. Clare is committed every single day to maximising her cash inflow and strives for over-achievement. She motivates and mentors the team to perform better and is always first to offer assistance and guidance. In fiscal year 2014 she achieved 125 percent of her target for collections, which is a phenomenal accomplishment.”

Avnet business partner Q Associates Ltd. supported Connor’s nomination. Deana Carpenter, financial controller for Q Associates, said, “I have worked with Clare for more than two years. She is highly professional. I can call her at any time for a statement of account and she will always do it as quickly as possible. Knowing that she is always there at the other end of the phone makes my life easier. You could not wish for a friendlier, more attentive partner.”

As well as winning the CICM, Credit Controller of the Year award, Clare has received recognition within Avnet by being nominated as a ‘super hero’ by her peers in 2014, an award that recognises significant contributions made by individuals.