An industry panel will discuss key issues facing the electronic component distribution industry at next week’s ecsn Electronic Components Industry Annual Dinner in Brighton.
Sponsored by Digi-Key, among the topics on the agenda are:

* The use of Social Networking to promote and market a business
* Conflict Minerals
* The Changing Role of Customer Support in the Channel
* The European Component Distribution Market
* The Challenges ahead for the Distribution Industry including an Update on the Market Forecast for Europe.

The panel will be moderated by Mick Elliott, editor of the Distribution Blog at electronic specifier who has covered the distribution industry for 40 years, almost as long as he has supported Millwall.

Taking up the cudgels on the various topics as members of the distinguished panel are:

* Kriss Haggstrom, Vice President, Strategic Customer Development, EMEA and Asia/Pacific, Digi-Key who has been building teams to serve customers in Europe and Asia/Pacific. From a newly-established office in Munich he has expanded Digi-Key’s EMEA region presence by hiring experienced local sales leaders in Israel, the UK, Germany and the Nordic region.
* Chris Nye is Materials Director at contract manufacturer, Axiom Manufacturing Services and he has many years of experience working at CEMs and OEMs.
* Ken Millar is an industry veteran and long-standing Liverpool supporter, whose career spans working as a FAE for Abacus Electronics to his present position as Senior Sales Channel Manager at Microchip.
* Bob Giddy is another industry veteran having held senior executive positions at National Semiconductor and NEC Electronics (now Renesas). He is Managing Director, Ramehead, a company he has established to support technology start-ups.
Aubrey Dunford, Managing Partner, Europartners Consultants is well known to ecsn members as the presenter of the organisation’s Annual Market Forecast. He is the Editor of the comprehensive Europartners Annual Distribution Report. He spent 25 years at Philips serving in both the Components and Semiconductor businesses.


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