Jennifer will spearhead the company’s strategic initiatives for growth and innovation
Houston, TX (July 17, 2023) – Smith, and leading global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces the appointment of Jennifer Kabbara to the position of President, Americas. In this role, Jennifer will support Smith’s five Trading offices in the Americas region and work alongside her counterparts in EMEA and APAC to cohesively manage Smith’s multinational network of suppliers and customers. She will focus on further developing the company’s highly trained workforce and capitalize on its learning-management system to strengthen Smith’s agility as the industry moves into the next demand cycle.
“Smith’s ingenuity and forward-thinking business strategy has created lasting impacts on the global semiconductor supply chain,” said Jennifer. “I am honored to take on this new opportunity to advance Smith’s growth and continuous-improvement initiatives in the Americas region and around the world.”
Jennifer joined Smith in 1994 as an International Account Representative. During her tenure, she has held numerous leadership positions, including her most recent role as Director of Global Sales, which she has held since 2021. Jennifer was also named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Women in Supply Chain honorees in 2021 in recognition of her leadership and mentorship within the semiconductor industry.
“Time and again, Jennifer has demonstrated her commitment to Smith’s success through her cultivation of our elite learning and development program and effective collaboration across our global Trading teams,” said Marc Barnhill, Chief Executive Officer at Smith. “She consistently brings new and innovative ideas to the table, and I look forward to seeing her insightful contributions drive Smith’s advancement as she steps into this new position.”
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 19 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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