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January 30, 2023



ECIA Announces New Leadership for the Manufacturers’ Council 
Rob Kirch passes baton to Tom Wichert 

Atlanta— ECIA is pleased to announce that Tom Wichert, Executive VP Sales & Marketing, TDK-Lambda Americas Inc. will chair the Manufacturers’ Council. This group is one of three ECIA constituent councils that along with the Distributor and Manufacturers’ Representative Councils provides oversight responsibility for that group’s specific priorities and agenda items. Tom will also join the ECIA’s Board of Directors. 
As Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at TDK-Lambda Americas Inc, Tom directs and coordinates all company sales and marketing activities and aids the President in formulating and administering organization policies. “During this historic period of shocks and ‘Black Swan’ events, ECIA provides members with the knowledge, tools, and resources to improve their business performance,” remarked Tom. “The structure of ECIA leverages the strength of three councils; Manufacturers, Distribution, and Sales Representatives to empower the industry’s overall capacity for growth and profitability. I am honored to be nominated as Chair for the Manufacturers’ Council. I always get back more than I give!” 

“I want to thank departing Council Chair Rob Kirch for his leadership. We are grateful for his service and guidance to ECIA during his tenure,” commented David Loftus, President and CEO of the association. “Looking forward, Tom will be an outstanding chair for the Manufacturers’ Council and wonderful addition to the ECIA Board of Directors,” he continued. “His 25 years of experience in driving component channel activities will be invaluable as we accomplish our mission to strengthen and improve the efficiencies of the electronic components supply chain.” 

About ECIA

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. For more information, visit or call 678-393-9990.