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April 23, 2024


ECIA Welcomes New Distributor Council Members
Three senior executives join the Council to address common industry challenges.

Atlanta — ECIA is pleased to announce the following new members of the Distributor Council:

  • Kevin Hess – Senior Vice President Marketing - Mouser Electronics
  • Aiden Mitchell – Senior Vice President - Global Marketing and Engineering, Arrow Electronics
  • Riad Nizam – President - Master Electronics

ECIA has three councils reporting directly to the Board of Directors. The Distributor, Manufacturer and Independent Manufacturers’ Rep Councils are made up of 13-15 members and have oversight responsibility for their specific priorities and agenda items. The council meetings are a forum for the groups to discuss their individual constituent needs and issues.  All members are invited guests to the appropriate council meetings.

“The ECIA Distribution Council is responsible for representing hundreds of distributors in our industry,” noted Karim Yasmine, Future Electronics Executive Vice President, Global Product Marketing & Supplier Management, and current Chair of the Council. “The addition of these three industry veterans to our council will drive significant value to the Distribution Council and to the Association. Coming from very diverse backgrounds and with such a solid understanding of our business, we already saw a massive value from these three gentlemen at the recent council and joint council meetings held in Orlando, Florida,” he added.

“I look forward to working with these three accomplished individuals to set goals and objectives that reflect the distribution industry’s specific priorities,” commented ECIA CEO and President David Loftus. “ECIA’s strength is in the collaboration leading to process optimization, continuously improving the efficiencies and profitability throughout the entire component channel. Robust and productive interaction among the three constituencies, is the key to insights leading to action.”

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.