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Smith Names Art Figueroa Chief Operating Officer

Art will oversee the company’s global operations, quality, facilities, security, logistics, and sustainability efforts

Houston, TX (February 5, 2024) – Smith, a leading global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces the appointment of Art Figueroa to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Art will lead Smith’s worldwide Operations teams at its five distribution hubs and guide all operational initiatives and strategy.

“Over the last 40 years, Smith has become a leader in our industry by delivering cutting-edge supply chain solutions that adapt and expand to exceed the wide-ranging needs of our global partners,” said Art. “I look forward to continuing that legacy of consistent and continuous quality as we develop new service offerings to seamlessly connect customers to the electronic components they need.”


Art joined Smith in 2004 as Manager of Corporate Security. He was named Security and Facilities Director in 2012 and Vice President of Operations and Quality one year later. Most recently, Art served as Senior Vice President of Global Operations since 2022. His tenacious commitment to continuous improvement will help drive Smith’s efforts to elevate its operational activities through systems-based processes and the integration of new, innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence.


“Like many of Smith’s leaders, Art has served in different roles throughout his tenure, succeeding in each with his overriding sense of responsibility to our employees and customers,” said Marc Barnhill, Chief Executive Officer at Smith. “Promotions are always cause for celebration, but it’s especially sweet when someone starts in an entry-level position and works their way to the C-suite. Art’s career is emblematic of the many opportunities available to our employees, and it is with great confidence and pleasure that we announce this next step for him.”


About Smith

Founded in 1984, Smith is celebrating 40 years of Intelligent Distribution™. As the leading independent distributor of electronic components, Smith sources, manages, tests, and ships billions of components to partners worldwide in every industry and vertical. Offering a comprehensive suite of flexible and scalable supply chain solutions, Smith identifies and delivers customized service programs to support its customers’ success. The company’s expertise is backed by decades of market data, cutting-edge technology, and a systems-based approach to quality excellence. Smith has generated more than USD $12.9 billion in global revenue since 2019 and ranks sixth among all global distributors. Visit to learn more.


For more information, contact:
Rich Witmer
Smith, Senior Director of Marketing
+1 713.430.2141

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