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Avnet Hires VP of IoT

Jan. 25, 2016
Distributor announces new role focused on global Internet of Things business; plus, TLC Electronics creates marketing specialist role, and TTI names new senior vice president of finance.

Global technology distributor Avnet, Inc. announced it has hired industry veteran Eric Williams for the newly created role of vice president, Internet of Things. Williams will develop and deploy a global IoT strategy for Avnet, working across the company’s business units to coordinate “edge to enterprise” IoT offerings. Avnet’s business units include its Technology Solutions and Electronics Marketing groups.

“The pace of change in today’s global business environment demands agility and imagination,” Avnet CEO Rick Hamada said in a statement announcing the new position. “Given our total breadth of resources, both our customers and suppliers are asking us to develop new solutions combining multiple elements of technology from the edge to the enterprise.”

Williams most recently was a strategic advisor for CABA Technologies and Moon, Inc., focused on the intelligent LED market. He spent 20 years with Arrow Electronics, serving as executive vice president of Support Net Inc., vice president of global strategy, and vice president of global lighting. Prior to that, Williams held numerous leadership positions in sales and operations at Bell Industries, Inc.

TLC Electronics named Chris Humting to the new role of marketing specialist, effective February 1.

Components distributor TLC Electronics also announced a newly created position recently, naming Chris Humting to the role of marketing specialist, effective February 1. Humting has been with TLC for 10 years, most recently as a product manager. Prior to joining TLC, Humting was a product manager for Arrow Electronics.

“Chris is a seasoned product marketing professional with in-depth knowledge of digital marketing, SEO, and analytics,” said Steven Olson, sales and marketing director for TLC Electronics. “His experience will be a welcome addition to TLC’s sales and marketing efforts to strengthen the prospecting and communication efforts as we continue our aggressive growth initiatives."

In other distribution news, Fort Worth, Texas-based TTI, Inc. announced that Scott Slack has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer. He replaces Nick Kypreos, who is retiring after 31 years with TTI.

“Back in 1983, Nick inherited a non-existent financial accounting system and over the years has built a system considered best-in-class,” said TTI’s CEO Paul Andrews. “I am confident that Scott will continue to build upon our past accomplishments and make the financial decisions that will enable us to continue our growth in the electronics industry.”

Effective February 1, Slack will assume direct responsibility for managing TTI’s financial services for North America, Europe, and Asia. 

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