Smith & Associates Appoints Vice President of Corporate Security

October 2, 2001
Smith & Associates Appoints Vice President of Corporate Security
The Addition of Industry Veteran Lays Groundwork For New Security Initiatives

Houston, Texas - Smith & Associates, a leading Independent Distributor of electronic components, announces the appointment of Rosanna Herrera to Vice President of Corporate Security.

Ms. Herrera will lead Smith's efforts to build an enhanced corporate security intrastructure, addressing issues such as vendor certification, product transportation security, and confidential information.

"Rosanna has a comprehensive understanding of the electronics industry from both a business and a security stand point," explained Bob Ackerley, President and Co-founder of Smith & Associates. "Rosanna is leading a security effort on a level that has not been attempted by an independent distributor until now. I am confident that she will not only meet, but exceed our expectations."

In numerous leadership positions with security organizations such as Technology Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and National Cargo Security Counsel, Ms. Herrera has worked closely with security executives from many international electronics manufacturers, addressing emerging security threats that are common to the technology industry.

"Security issues are more visible now than ever and companies are beginning to realize that they must take proactive responsibility for the security of their employees, products, and information," said Herrera. "Smith is already ahead of other independent distributors in terms of corporate security measures, but I am striving to create a cohesive security program that rivals the world's leading technology organizations."

Ms. Herrera comes to Smith from Seagate Technology, where she served as Director of Americas Security & Investigations. Prior to Seagate, she worked in security and investigations for Advanced Micro Devices.

Smith & Associates
Founded in 1984, Smith & Associates (www.smithweb.com) is a multi-hundred million dollar independent distributor of semiconductors, electronic components, and computer products to manufacturers and resellers of high-technology and computer equipment. Smith has more than 15,000 suppliers and partners in over 60 countries and was one of the first independent distributors to provide open-market component pricing via the Internet. Smith is also a leader in "just-in-time" delivery with the ability to deliver large quantities of components anywhere in the world, with very short lead times. Smith has offices in Houston, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Seoul, Guadalajara, Barcelona, and Silicon Valley. For more information, please call SmithDirect at 1-800-HOUSTON or 713-430-3000.

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