AVNET - Key Persons


Adalio T. Sanchez

Job Titles:
  • Independent Director / Compensation Committee
  • Member of Avnet 's Board of Directors
  • President of S Group Advisory LLC
Adalio T. Sanchez is president of S Group Advisory LLC, a management consulting firm providing advisory services on business strategy, technology, and operational excellence. Mr. Sanchez is a 35-year information technology industry veteran in the enterprise hardware, software, and semiconductor markets. Mr. Sanchez was formerly senior vice president of Lenovo Group Limited, where he was responsible for the company's enterprise systems, storage, and data center technologies business. Prior to that, he served 32 years at IBM Corporation in various senior executive and global general management roles. During his tenure at IBM, he was instrumental in leading the firm's early personal computers division and later led the transformation and growth of several multi-billion dollar global divisions in the systems, storage, and semiconductors spaces.

Avid Modjtabai

Job Titles:
  • Independent Director
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Directors Member since 2014
  • Member of Avnet 's Board of Directors
Avid Modjtabai held a long career in corporate strategy. She retired from her role as senior executive vice president for Wells Fargo's Payments, Virtual Solutions and Innovation group in March 2020. She was responsible for overseeing the company's robust payments platforms, digital capabilities, online, mobile and phone channels and innovation teams. Ms. Modjtabai worked with Wells Fargo beginning in 1993 and served in a number of diverse senior leadership roles during her tenure. Prior to her most recent role, she was the head of the consumer lending and enterprise-wide operations group. She also previously served as the chief information officer and head of the technology and operations group. As CIO, she was responsible for the core technology functions across the company, including computing, data centers, connectivity and voice and data networks, end-user services, enterprise architecture, application development, information security and technology governance. Ms. Modjtabai has served as Wells Fargo's director of human resources, led the Internet Services Group and held management positions in consumer deposits and the investment group. Before joining Wells Fargo, she was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where she focused on strategy initiatives in financial services. Ms. Modjtabai was named one of the "Most Powerful Women in Banking" by American Banker and one of the "100 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business" by the San Francisco Business Times. She received the "Ellis Island Medal of Honor" for her outstanding personal and professional achievements and her commitment to preserving the richness of her heritage. She is an active member in the community and serves on the board of trustees for The Marine Mammal Center. Ms. Modjtabai earned a master's degree from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from Stanford University. She has served on the Board of Directors for Prologis since February 2020. As a member of Avnet's board of directors, Ms. Modjtabai serves on the Compensation Committee, Executive Committee and chairs the Corporate Governance Committee.

Avnet Board

Job Titles:
  • Investor

Beth McMullen

Job Titles:
  • Global Vice President of Operations
Beth McMullen is global vice president of operations at Avnet. She is responsible for driving consistent and efficient execution of Avnet's global strategy, including the leadership of the Salesforce Global Center of Excellence and Global Data Management. In addition, she oversees the Logistics team and Avnet's Program Management Office. McMullen joined Avnet's Global Information Systems (GIS) team in 2010 and was responsible for leading and transforming a technology program for the legacy Electronic Marketing team, and the GIS Project Management Office. She has continued to play a critical role in the Avnet transformation, holding leadership positions in Global Logistics & Operations and the Logistics Business Transformation Office. Prior to joining Avnet, McMullen held senior leadership positions at DP DHL and Arthur Andersen, LLP. McMullen holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master's degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of International Management.

Brenda L. Freeman

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors Member since 2018 CMO at Arteza
  • Directors Member since 2018 CEO at Arteza Founder of Joyeux Marketing Group
  • Independent Director / Audit Committee / Finance Committee
  • Member of the Avnet Board of Directors
Brenda Freeman is a veteran brand and digital disruptor in the marketing and communications field. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Arteza Art Supplies, one of the fastest-growing e-commerce brands in the country. In 2019, Ms. Freeman launched the marketing consulting company, Joyeux Marketing Group, advising early-stage start-ups on scaling strategies, brand development, customer journey mapping, digital analytics, insights development, communications strategy and experiential. In addition, she served as Senior Advisor to the CEO and was formerly the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Magic Leap, a private company focused on virtual retinal displays. She led the go-to-market strategy, brand marketing, communications, product marketing, digital marketing and all creative efforts. Prior to Magic Leap, Ms. Freeman served as CMO for National Geographic Channels, where she oversaw the channel's marketing and communications functions. She has also served as global head of television marketing for DreamWorks, where she created the DreamWorks TV Marketing Unit responsible for the global launch marketing all kids and family animated content supplied to Netflix. Before DreamWorks Animation, Ms. Freeman was CMO for Turner Broadcasting, a Time Warner division, leading the Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media group for networks. Ms. Freeman received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a joint M.B.A. in finance and marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves as an independent board director for Blue Apron Holdings, Inc., Caleres Inc. and RTW RetailWinds, Inc. As a member of the Avnet Board of Directors, Ms. Freeman serves on the Audit and Finance Committees.

Carlo Bozotti

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors Member since 2019 Industrial Partner, FSI
  • Independent Director / Audit Committee / Executive Committee / Finance Committee
Carlo Bozotti brings over 40 years of experience in the electronics and semiconductor industry, and is currently an Industrial Partner of European private equity firm FSI. Prior to joining FSI, he was president and CEO of STMicroelectronics from 2005 to 2018, when he retired. During his time as president and CEO, Mr. Bozotti successfully led the company's efforts to expand its leadership into stable, longer-term markets such as automotive and industrial electronics. In addition to serving on Avnet's board, Mr. Bozotti currently serves on the board of Besi, a leading supplier of assembly equipment for the global semiconductor and electronics industries. He serves as the chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance Committee and Executive Committee for Avnet's board. From 2005 to 2018, Mr. Bozotti was a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists, an advocacy group in the European Union consisting of some 50 European Industrial leaders working to strengthen competitiveness in Europe.

Dayna Badhorn

Job Titles:
  • Global Vice President, Strategic Planning and Corporate Marketing
Dayna Badhorn leads the Global Strategic Planning and Corporate Marketing teams. In this role, she is responsible for working across global business units to identify growth opportunities that will enhance the company's overall business portfolio, financial strength and market value. She also oversees the strategy, planning and development of Avnet's global marketing initiatives, including branding, communications, and content. Badhorn joined Avnet in 1998 and has held leadership roles in sales, technical support, supplier management and business development. In 2010, she was named vice president, strategic planning for the Electronic Components global business, where she led the digital transformation initiative and several other global growth programs. In 2016, she launched and oversaw Avnet's Emerging Business teams to find, evaluate and develop new profitable business opportunities, particularly in the startup space. This included managing the Avnet online communities Hackster.io and element14. Ms. Badhorn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Edward Tsaur

Job Titles:
  • VP, Marketing & Communications, APAC

Georg Steinberger

Job Titles:
  • Vice President, Communications

James A. Lawrence

Job Titles:
  • Independent Director
  • Member of the Corporate Governance Committee
  • Board of Directors Member from 1999 to 2008 and since 2011 Chairman, Lake Harriet Capital LLC
  • Chairman of Lake Harriet Capital LLC
  • Directors Member from 1999 to 2008 and since 2011 Chairman, Lake Harriet Capital LLC
  • Member of Avnet 's Board of Directors
James A. Lawrence serves as chairman of Lake Harriet Capital LLC, an investment and advisory firm. Previously, he served as chairman of Rothschild North America from 2012 - 2015 and as chief executive officer of Rothschild North America and as co-head of global investment banking from 2010 - 2012. Prior to joining Rothschild, Mr. Lawrence served as chief financial officer of Unilever and as an executive director on the boards of Unilever NV and Unilever PLC. Mr. Lawrence joined Unilever in 2007 after serving as the vice chairman and chief financial officer of General Mills, where he was responsible for corporate financial international operations. Mr. Lawrence earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Yale University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is currently a director of International Airline Group, the holding company of British Airways and Iberia, and serves on the board of directors of Smurfit Kappa, a leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions, as well as AerCap Holdings. He previously served on the board of directors of Avnet, Inc. from 1999 until 2008, when he resigned to take on an employment-related role requiring him to relocate to Europe. He rejoined the Avnet board in May 2011. As a member of Avnet's board of directors, Mr. Lawrence chairs the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee and Executive Committee.

Jeanne Forbis

Job Titles:
  • Media Contact
  • Manager, Public Relations

Jo Ann Jenkins

Job Titles:
  • Independent Director
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors Member since 2018 CEO AARP
  • CEO of AARP
  • Directors Member since 2018 CEO AARP
  • Member of Avnet 's Board of Directors
Jo Ann Jenkins is CEO of AARP where she leads the world's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization -- comprised of 2,000 staff members plus 60,000 volunteers and numerous strategic partners. Prior to joining AARP, Ms. Jenkins served as chief operating officer for the Library of Congress. She began her career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, later moving to the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Agriculture in a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibility. In addition to her public service, she served in several private consulting firms, advising major corporations regarding development and implementation of diversity and organizational strategies. Ms. Jenkins is currently on the board of General Mills, which she joined in January 2020. She has also held a variety of board and advisory positions, including with AARP Services, AARP Funds, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, Stanford School of Medicine Board of Fellows, U.S. Small Business Administration Council on Underserved Communities, and Caring for Military Families. Ms. Jenkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program, and also holds honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Spring Hill College and Washington College. As a member of Avnet's board of directors, Ms. Jenkins serves on the Compensation Committee and on the Corporate Governance Committee.

Ken Arnold - CHRO

Job Titles:
  • Chief People Officer
Ken Arnold is Avnet's chief people officer. He is a member of the Avnet Executive Leadership Team and responsible for leading our global human resources team to attract, develop, engage and reward employees. Arnold's career includes more than 20 years of experience in human resources and information technology includes experience as vice president of human resources for multiple business units, in talent acquisition, and as director of human resources, information systems and payroll operations. He holds bachelor's degrees in both finance and economics from Tougaloo College, plus certifications in human resources from University of California, Los Angeles, and in organizational development from Harvard Business School.

Lauren Levinson

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President, Brodeur Partners

Max Chan - CIO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Vice President of IT for Avnet Technology Solutions
Max Chan is Avnet's chief information officer. In this role, he is responsible for all information technology (IT) areas throughout the Avnet ecosystem, including the delivery of strategic business IT and digital transformation initiatives. He oversees the resources and capabilities of the global IT team and ensures that the organization maintains a robust and optimized IT environment. Chan joined Avnet in 2013 as vice president of IT for Avnet Technology Solutions in Asia Pacific. He led critical system implementations and enhancements, helped build Avnet's Global Development Centers and drove process improvement initiatives in the region. In 2016, he transferred to Phoenix to take on the global application and business relationship management role and was promoted to CIO in 2019. Prior to joining Avnet, Chan held several IT leadership roles, including chief information officer, Asia at VF Corporation, and vice president, IT Global Supply Chain, Building Efficiency at Johnson Controls. Chan earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Malayan University, Malaysia, and a Master of Business Administration in strategy from University of Birmingham, UK.

Michael A. Bradley

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors Member since 2012 Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Teradyne, Inc
  • Directors Member since 2012 Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Teradyne, Inc.
  • Independent Director / Audit Committee / Finance Committee
  • Member of Avnet 's Board of Directors
After a 35-year career with Teradyne, Inc., Mr. Bradley retired as president and chief executive officer in 2014. In his tenure as CEO from 2004, Teradyne attained the leading market position in semiconductor chip testing and expanded into the testing of consumer devices like smart phones, tablets and a wide array of mobile communication products. Teradyne leads the worldwide electronic test equipment market with a broad portfolio of products that span component and system level test of mobile-consumer, automotive, industrial, storage and defense electronics. At Teradyne, Mr. Bradley held a variety of finance, marketing, sales and general management positions. He was the Company's chief financial officer from 1999-2001 and served as the president of the Semiconductor Test Division, the Company's largest unit, from 2001-2003. In 2004, he was appointed to the Company's board of directors, a position he continues to hold after retirement. Mr. Bradley holds an AB degree from Amherst College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Since 2001 he has been a director of Entegris, Inc. a leading supplier of contamination control and microenvironment handling systems for the semiconductor fabrication industry. As a member of Avnet's board of directors, Mr. Bradley serves on the Audit and Finance committees.

Michael McCoy - Chief Legal Officer

Job Titles:
  • Chief Legal Officer
  • General Counsel
Michael McCoy was named the general counsel and chief legal officer for Avnet in April 2020. In this role he leads the company's global legal, trade compliance and security teams. He is a member of the Avnet Executive Leadership Team and a corporate officer. McCoy joined Avnet in 2010. As an expat living in Brussels, Belgium, he recently served as general counsel, international, overseeing Avnet's legal teams in EMEA and Asia Pacific. He also previously served as Avnet's corporate secretary. Before joining Avnet, he worked at two international firms representing companies in securities, governance and M&A matters. McCoy began his legal career as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.

Oleg Khaykin

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Corporate Governance Committee
  • Board of Directors Member since 2018 President and CEO of Viavi Solutions, Inc
  • Independent Director / Audit Committee / Finance Committee
  • Member of Avnet 's Board of Directors
  • President and CEO of Viavi Solutions, Inc
Oleg Khaykin is president and CEO of Viavi Solutions, Inc., and he is also a member of their board of directors. Prior to joining Viavi, Mr. Khaykin served as a senior advisor at Silver Lake Partners. Previously he had served as president and CEO, and as a member of the board of directors, at International Rectifier from 2008 until its acquisition by Infineon AG in 2015. During his tenure, he successfully turned around the company and transformed it into the world leader in power semiconductors. Mr. Khaykin has also served as Chief Operating Officer of Amkor Technology, Inc., and vice president of strategy and business development at Conexant Systems, Inc. and Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. He was previously a member of the board of directors of Newport Corporation until its acquisition by MKS Instruments (2010-2016), Zarlink Semiconductor, Inc. (2007-2011), and Marvell Semiconductors Mr. Khaykin holds an MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) with High University Honors from Carnegie-Mellon.

Phil Gallagher - CEO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Member of the Executive Committee
Phil Gallagher is the chief executive officer of Avnet and a member of its board of directors. As CEO, Gallagher is focused on growing and accelerating the company's leadership position in the electronic components and technology industry by leveraging Avnet's global distribution expertise and value-added services from design chain to supply chain. A 37-year Avnet veteran with a passion for serving customers, Gallagher was named interim CEO of Avnet in August 2020. Previously, he served as global president of Electronic Components, where he was responsible for leading the company's massive broadline components distribution business worldwide. Beginning his long and successful career with Avnet in 1982, Gallagher has held key executive leadership positions in sales, marketing and operations. He led two former operating groups for the company, serving as president of Avnet Electronic Marketing Americas from 2004 to 2009, and as global president of Avnet Technology Solutions from 2009 to 2014. Gallagher is also a past president of the National Electronics Distributors Association (NEDA), now known as the Electronic Components Industry Association. In 2009, he received the Gail S. Carter Award, one of the organization's highest honors. He currently serves on the advisory board of Women in Electronics. Gallagher holds a bachelor's degree from Drexel University.

Rodney (Rod) C. Adkins - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Chairman of the Board of Avnet, Inc. Board Member since 2015 President, 3RAM Group LLC
  • Independent Director / Audit Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee, Corporate Governance Committee
Chairman of the Board Rodney Adkins presides over the eleven-member board of directors. Each director brings value and experience to the board in areas such as international business, finance, operations, government, human resources, engineering, marketing and academia. Chairman of the Board; Board of Directors Member Since 2015; President, 3RAM Group LLC Rodney (Rod) C. Adkins is the Chairman of the Board of Avnet, Inc. He is president of 3RAM Group LLC, a privately held company specializing in capital investments, business consulting services and property management. Prior to 3RAM Group LLC, Mr. Adkins was the senior vice president of corporate strategy for IBM, with responsibility for leading continuous transformation across IBM and developing strategies linked to execution plans for a new era of computing, new markets and new clients. He held a number of technical and business leadership roles during his 33-year career with IBM which included serving as the senior vice president of IBM's Systems and Technology Group. As a part of this, he led all aspects of IBM's semiconductor, server, storage, and system software businesses, as well as the company's Integrated Supply Chain and Global Business Partners organizations. Mr. Adkins has received multiple leadership awards throughout his career. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In addition to serving on the Avnet board since 2015, Mr. Adkins currently serves on the board of directors for W.W. Grainger, Inc., PayPal Holdings, Inc., and United Parcel Service, Inc. He also previously served on the board of PPL Corporation and Pitney Bowes. Mr. Adkins serves as a member of the Audit Committee, Corporate Governance Committee and the chair of the Executive Committee.

Thomas Ludäscher - Managing Director

Job Titles:
  • Managing Director

Tom Liguori - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer
Tom Liguori is the chief financial officer for Avnet, leading the global finance group. He joined Avnet in January 2018 with more than 30 years of finance and operations experience. Prior to joining Avnet, Liguori was the CFO for Advanced Energy, where he helped transform the company into a top financial performer in the industry by streamlining the cost structure, implementing shared service centers, reducing working capital, upgrading the business systems and fostering a culture of continual improvement. He also previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of MFLEX, a global provider of flexible circuits and assemblies for smartphones and tablets, where he built and oversaw the finance and information technology teams during a period of high growth in the smartphone industry. Liguori has a Master of Business Administration in finance from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Boston University. He is a certified management accountant and a certified financial manager.

William H. Schumann, III

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Board Member since 2010 Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, FMC Technologies, Inc.
  • Directors Member since 2010
  • Independent Director / Audit Committee / Executive Committee / Finance Committee
William H. Schumann, III, served as chief financial officer of FMC Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions for the energy industry and other industrial markets, worldwide, from 2001 until his retirement from that position in November 2011. Mr. Schumann joined FMC Corporation in 1981 as director of pension investments and served in various management positions throughout that decade, including treasurer in 1987. Mr. Schumann was named vice president of corporate development in 1998 and served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of FMC Corporation from 1999 until the creation and spin off of FMC Technologies in 2001. He was elected to his first vice president role in 1995, when he was also appointed general manager of the company's Agricultural Products Group. He served as executive director of corporate development from 1991 to 1993, when he joined the company's Agricultural Products Group as director of North American operations. In 2010, Mr. Schumann was voted one of the top CFOs in oilfield service and equipment by sell-side analysts. Mr. Schumann earned a bachelor's degree in systems engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master's degree in management science from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Mr. Schumann previously served on the board of McDermott International Inc. (NYSE:MDR) from 2012 to 2020, Andeavor Corporation from 2016 to its acquisition by Marathon in 2018, Great Lakes Advisors, Inc. from 1993 to 2011, AMCOL International from 2012 to 2014 and URS Corporation prior to its acquisition by AECOM Technology Corporation in 2014. Mr. Schumann also serves on the board of the Lake Forest Lake Bluff Historical Society. Mr. Schumann was elected to the Avnet board in 2010. From November 2012 to November 2018, Mr. Schumann served as Avnet's Chairman of the Board. He currently chairs the Finance Committee, as well as serves on the Audit and Executive Committees.