Avaya Recognises Westcon Convergence as EMEA Distributor of the Year

Westcon Convergence Demonstrates Excellence and Outstanding Performance in Delivering Networking Solutions for Enterprises and Small Businesses BURGESS HILL, UK -- (MARKETWIRE) -- 11/26/07 -- Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, announced that its Westcon Convergence business has won Avaya's EMEA Distributor of the Year Award. Avaya is a global leader in business communications applications, systems and services. The award was accepted by Simon Minett, chief operating officer of Westcon Group Europe and Middle East, at a reception held in Paris earlier this month. The Avaya EMEA Distributor of the Year award was presented to U.K.-based Crane Telecommunications for the last three consecutive years. Earlier this year, Crane was acquired by Westcon Group, which launched the specialised business unit Westcon Convergence back in July 2007. Tim Brooks, Westcon Convergence Sales and Marketing Director, was also awarded for "Upholding Avaya Values." "This award is particularly significant since Westcon Convergence has upheld the same standard of excellence that Crane brought to its Avaya-focused reseller base for three years in a row," commented Runa Macleod, UK marketing director of Westcon Convergence. "Through our ConvergencePoint program, we offer an unparalleled degree of focus so we are able to help Avaya-centric resellers take their businesses to the next level." "Westcon Convergence has excelled in the support it offers to enterprise resellers and has demonstrated an impressive ability to drive growth in the channel," said Carlos Sartorius, president, Avaya EMEA. "We are pleased to recognize this commitment and acknowledge Westcon's success." Russell Atwood, CEO of Bristol-based CCT added, "As a new Westcon Convergence customer who has formerly done business with Crane for many years, we can say unequivocally that we have received outstanding support from Westcon in identifying new market opportunities and delivering highly effective IP communications solutions. This new organization marks a new era in how we are able to work with our distributor." For more information on Westcon Convergence and its award winning solution program, ConvergencePoint, please visit http://uk.convergencepoint.westcon.com to learn more or to register. About Westcon Group Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, convergence and mobility for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel and Avaya, Inc. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit www.westcongroup.com. Contact: Jeffrey Touzeau Westcon Group, Inc. (914) 829-7388 jtouzeau@westcongroup.com