Avnet is strengthening its position to grow in the global embedded solutions market. It has created a new position of senior vice president of embedded solutions and named Ed Smith to fill the role. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for Avnet’s global embedded strategy and growth plans.
He will continue to lead the EM Americas region until the conclusion of Avnet’s fiscal year 2016. A new EM Americas leader will be announced in the next 60 days, ensuring a smooth and successful transition of responsibilities.
Smith will continue reporting directly to Gerry Fay, president, Avnet Electronics Marketing, worldwide.
“Today, Avnet maintains a leadership position in embedded solutions – and we intend to extend that position,” said Fay. “With the emergence of IoT, cloud computing and big data analytics, the traditional embedded business is being transformed in new and exciting ways. From edge to enterprise, our customers are coming to Avnet for a total solutions approach. Given the size and scale of our global embedded business – and the opportunity to better serve the market – the need for dedicated senior leadership is upon us. With more than 25 years of electronics industry experience, I am confident Ed will successfully guide us as we capitalise on the multiple opportunities being created in this space.”
For the past year, while leading Avnet’s EM Americas region, Smith has also overseen Avnet’s global embedded offering. He has worked across the Avnet enterprise to develop a cohesive global vision and strategic framework for Avnet’s embedded business. He has identified significant opportunities for Avnet to better serve its existing customers, expand its value-offering and advance embedded technologies. Beginning July 3, 2016, Smith will focus solely on Avnet’s embedded business.

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