Smith & Associates Appoints Ocean Yuan Vice President of Operations

HOUSTON, TEXAS ─ (August 7, 2006) ─Smith & Associates, the leading independent distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, announces the appointment of Ocean Yuan to the position of Vice President of Operations.  Yuan replaces Gary Morrissey who is now Smith’s Vice President of Business Development.

As the leader of Smith’s global operations team, Ocean will be responsible for expanding Smith’s industry leading quality programs, supporting unique customer service initiatives, and developing Smith’s operations staff and partners.  Smith & Associates’ President & CEO Doug Kelly says, "Ocean has a broad range of experience in manufacturing, quality, procurement, and delivering extraordinary results to customers.  Having worked in North America and Asia he understands the issues related to doing business on a global scale.  He will be a great leader for our operations staff, a unique resource for our customers, and a terrific addition to the Smith senior management team."

Yuan brings to Smith a proven record of success in overseeing global manufacturing operations.   As a former General Manager for Solectron, Yuan oversaw the operations of one of Solectron’s largest manufacturing facilities, located in Suzhou, China.  During his tenure in this position, Ocean led a complete overhaul of operations, resulting in sales growth, improved profitability, and heightened employee morale.

Prior to his work at Solectron, Yuan held executive positions at several companies in the electronics industry, including Jabil Ciruit, Inc., Manufacturers Services Limited (MSL), Key Tronic Corporation, and China Business Services.  These positions provided Yuan with valuable experience in global operations, integrated supply chain solutions, and strategic global sourcing.  Smith & Associates is pleased to welcome Ocean Yuan as the new Vice President of Operations.

About Smith & Associates

Founded in 1984, Smith & Associates ( is the leading independent distributor of semiconductors and electronic components to manufacturers and resellers of high-technology and computer equipment.  Smith is a leader in shortage sourcing and custom purchasing and inventory management solutions, and has the ability to deliver large quantities of components anywhere in the world with very short lead times.

Smith’s world headquarters, logistics, and information hub in Houston is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified.  This location is supported by sales, logistics, and warehousing hubs in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, in addition to sales and purchasing offices in Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, and Seoul.

For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call Smith Direct at

1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.

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For more information, contact:

Mark Bollinger  
Smith & Associates Vice President, Marketing  (713) 430-3000
Amy Sloan  
Smith & Associates Marketing Manager (713) 430-2113


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