Smith & Associates Appoints Minji Hong as Managing Director, Korea
Minji brings years of proven leadership experience to managing Smith’s instrumental Seoul office
(HOUSTON, TEXAS) October 8, 2012 - Smith & Associates, the industry leader in global electronics distribution, today announces the appointment of Minji Hong to the role of Managing Director, Korea. In this position, Minji will oversee the operation and management of Smith’s Seoul office and undertake strategies for its growth and continued success.
Minji joined Smith’s sales team at the Seoul office in 1998, and has spent fourteen years serving the company, including time as a vital part of Smith Korea’s management team. She will now be taking on sole leadership of this key office. Before coming to Smith, she worked in franchise distribution in the memory market for a year after her graduation from Konkuk University with her degree in History.
“As the first member of Smith’s Seoul office, Minji has been a huge reason for its success and, as a result, she has seen it grow from a satellite outpost to a market force all its own,” said Marc Barnhill, Smith’s Chief Trading Officer. “We look forward to seeing what further successes she can achieve in this new role.”
“Smith’s Seoul office has localized resources that allow us to support customers all across Asia,” said Minji. “I hope to leverage these strengths to expand the high-quality service we offer to current and new customers alike.”
About Smith & Associates
Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.
A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 350 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US $500 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Denver, and Penang. For more information, see http://www.smithweb.com/ or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.
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