Houston, TX (September 25, 2023) – Smith, a leading global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces that Minji Hong, President, APAC, and Terry Fu, Vice President of Operations and Counterfeit Detection, Asia, have been named among the winners of the 2023 Women in Supply Chain award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive. The award recognizes female supply chain executives who have proven track records of excellence in the industry and empower other women to achieve more. Jennifer Kabbara, Smith’s President, Americas, and Megan Pedigo, Smith’s Director of Purchasing – Services and Peripherals, previously received the award in 2021.
“Minji and Terry are committed to developing key business improvements and willingly impart their knowledge and insights to their teams, which helps Smith to drive advancement and innovation in the semiconductor supply chain,” said Marc Barnhill, Smith’s Chief Executive Officer. “Congratulations to them on this well-deserved win, and I look forward to their continued accomplishments.”
Since joining Smith as a sales representative in 1998, Minji has played an instrumental role in developing the company’s presence in the APAC region. Helping to establish Smith’s Seoul office, Minji was later named the location’s General Manager and has consistently been among Smith’s top salespeople throughout her tenure. Minji supports some of the world’s largest technology companies with market expertise to help guide strategic business decisions.
Terry began her career at Smith in 1999 as a receptionist and later joined the Operations team as an Import/Export Coordinator. She worked her way up to Operations Manager and then Director of Operations before being named to her current role in 2018. Terry oversees the daily workflow of the company’s Singapore and Hong Kong Operations departments—the latter being the company’s largest by volume—and works to maximize her team’s efficiency and productivity.
“This year, we received over 400 submissions, the highest amount of applications not only for this award, but also for all of our awards,” said Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “While there’s still more work to be done, what we’re doing is working. From truck drivers to CEOs, what these winners are doing matters to the future of all supply chains.”
Founded in 1984, Smith sources, manages, and distributes the electronic components that go into everything from mobile phones and computers to appliances and automobiles. In 20 cities around the world, Smith’s legion of employees communicates in 50 languages and dialects and buys and sells components 24 hours per day, generating global annual sales in excess of $4.7 billion in 2022. Smith is always moving: helping manufacturers navigate market shifts; customizing supply chain solutions; testing components using cutting-edge technology. The support of Smith’s flexible Intelligent Distribution™ model optimizes customers’ supply chains from beginning to end, including offering customized options for IT asset disposition that deliver maximum ROI, sustainability, and security. Smith’s testing and logistics hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, and Singapore cover critical areas like quality management, counterfeit prevention, and environmental safety. Smith’s operations, purchasing, and sales worldwide are seamlessly integrated with the company’s global IT infrastructure, offering real-time, global inventory and logistics visibility. Smith is the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranks number six among all global distributors. For more information, please visit www.smithweb.com or reach out to a Smith representative any time of day at +1 713.430.3000.
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