Allied names new president

Jan. 16, 2013
As Lee Davidson steps down, Scott McLendon takes the helm at Texas-based top 50 distributor Allied Electronics

Allied Electronics announced this week that Scott McLendon will replace Lee Davidson as president of the electronics distribution company effective April 1. Davidson will take on a new role with Allied’s parent company, London-based Electrocomponents plc.

“My role as president of Allied Electronics has been the highlight of my career,” said Davidson, who joined the company in 2002 as vice president of product management and was named president in 2005. “Over the past 10 years, it has been very exciting being at the helm while the company experienced great milestones. From sales growth and our corporate headquarters and warehouse move to the recent implementation of a new ERP system, working with the great people at Allied has been a real joy.”

Allied grew from a $180 million to a $440 million business during Davidson’s tenure. He has been promoted to vice president of strategic projects for Electrocomponents, a role that will include assisting and developing global strategies for the business.

McLendon joined Allied in 2007 as vice president of product management and marketing, helping build a broad portfolio of products from more than 300 suppliers.

“Lee and I have worked together for years and share a common vision for the direction of the company,” said McLendon. “Delivering a great customer experience, growing the company, and providing a safe and fulfilling place for our employees to advance their careers will remain our company focus. I am excited to assume this new position with such a great company and great employees.”

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Victoria Fraza Kickham | Distribution Editor

Victoria Kickham is the distribution editor for Electronic Design magazine, SourceESB and, where she covers issues related to the electronics supply chain. Victoria started out as a general assignment reporter for several Boston-area newspapers before joining Industrial Distribution magazine, where she spent 14 years covering industrial markets. She served as ID’s managing editor from 2000 to 2010. Victoria has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in English from Northeastern University.