Smith Appoints Kent Pang as Vice President, Asia


Kent will oversee and support business and management in Smith’s Asian region 

Houston, TX (September 28, 2017) – Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces the appointment of Kent Pang to the role of Vice President, Asia. In this role, Kent will lead the managers in Smith’s Asian region and develop support for local customers.

He is taking on this role alongside Minji Hong, who holds the same title and previously served as general manager of Smith’s Korean office. Minji and Kent will work together under Smith’s President – APAC, Choon Byun, to manage Smith’s undertakings in Asia.

Kent has been with Smith since 2000, serving at the company’s Hong Kong and Shanghai locations and working as trading manager of Hong Kong from 2006 to 2011. He was promoted to sales director in 2012.

“In his years at Smith, Kent has offered guidance to several of our Asian offices, and he can take this further in his new role,” said Choon.

Kent has his aim set on bolstering his region’s success. “I plan to build resources for local managers to grow business with their customers and provide unrivaled support,” he said.

His years of experience in this region will aid him in this goal.

“Kent’s new role is part of our leadership team’s evolution to empower and engage our international leaders,” said Marc Barnhill, Smith’s Chief Trading Officer. “We are excited to see how his localized expertise will help our Asian offices grow.”

About Smith

Founded in 1984, Smith sources, manages, and distributes the electronic components that go into everything from mobile phones and computers to appliances and directional drilling systems. In 16 cities around the world, from Silicon Valley to Seoul, Smith’s 475 employees communicate in 36 different languages and buy and sell components 24 hours per day. Smith is always moving: helping manufacturers navigate market shifts; customizing supply chain solutions; testing components using cutting-edge technology. With testing and logistics hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam, Smith’s processes focus on critical issues, from quality management to 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 inventory and logistics visibility anywhere in the world. Smith is the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranks number 11 among all global distributors. Smith’s Intelligent Distribution™ model adapts to ever-changing demands by providing seamless global electronics sourcing and logistics, regardless of distribution channel or locale. For more information, please visit, or, to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call +1 713.430.3000.


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Margo Evans
Smith, VP of Marketing
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