Ger Purcell joined Avnet, Inc., in May 2008, and he is a senior vice president of IT. In this role, Purcell is responsible for the global IT team that supports Avnet's Technology Solutions operating group. He reports to Avnet CIO Steve Phillips and is a member of Avnet's IT leadership team.
Prior to joining Avnet, Purcell spent 12 years at Gateway in a number of key management and executive positions. Most recently, Purcell was the CIO at Gateway where he was responsible for setting the strategy and direction for Gateway's IT function. In this role, Purcell also led Gateway's Business Excellence initiative and introduced Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Purcell also held senior IT roles at Gateway that included responsibility for IT client service, IT governance and the project management office.
Prior to joining Gateway's IT team, Purcell was the director of operations for Gateway in EMEA, with responsibility for all materials and manufacturing functions in the region. Purcell also held a number of engineering and operations roles with EG&G Instruments and Europlex Technologies before joining Gateway.
Purcell received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland. He is married with four daughters. Purcell loves to golf and is an avid sports fan.