1/1/2017 to 12/31/2018
Formerly president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, 20-year-plus electronics industry veteran Ed Smith had led the Electronics Marketing Americas sales team as its senior vice president. As president, he reported to Gerry Fay, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Global. He was elected a corporate officer in November 2010. Mr. Smith began his career at industrial distribution company W.W. Grainger. He spent eight years at Avnet, where he held various sales and operational positions, including district manager in Los Angeles and Phoenix, and director of sales for Avnet's Industrial Marketing Group. He left Avnet for the opportunity to serve as president and chief executive officer of SMTEK International, an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, and served on its board of directors. Mr. Smith subsequently returned to Avnet in 2004 to accept the post of senior vice president of sales for Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. He was a recipient of the Avnet Chairman's Award in 2007, which recognizes outstanding achievement. In 2008, he was honored by the National Electronic Distributors Association (NEDA) with its Distinguished Service Award. In 2009, the NEDA Education Foundation elected Mr. Smith as president. During his tenure in California, he served as a board member of the American Red Cross of Ventura County. Mr. Smith currently runs the We Will Never Forget Foundation and serves on the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) board of directors and on its executive committee.