Renato will build and develop Smith’s relationships with strategic accounts and target customers.
Houston, TX (August 6, 2020) – Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces the appointment of Renato Souza to the position of Vice President of Business Development. Renato previously served as Vice President, Latin America of Smith since 2017.
In this role, Renato will support Smith’s trading department in managing key opportunities and challenges. He will also help facilitate customer-account collaboration among Smith’s 16 global offices.
“Renato has always demonstrated his dedication to building trust and collaboration among our global trading team,” said Todd Burke, President, Americas at Smith. “His focus on growing relationships will be a critical asset that will help us capture new business opportunities.”
Before taking on his role as Vice President, Latin America, Renato served as an Account Manager and Assistant General Manager for Smith. He then stepped away from the company to work in a business development role for a major contract manufacturer for several years before rejoining Smith’s team. Renato’s previous experience in growing major global accounts and facilitating cross-cultural business relationships will be instrumental in his new position.
“Smith’s deep market knowledge and strategic alignments across the industry position us for significant growth,” said Renato. “I am excited to lead Smith’s business development team as we continue to reach new heights as a company.”
Renato’s market expertise and commitment to developing deep and solid connections have prepared him for success in his new role.
Marc Barnhill, Smith’s Chief Trading Officer, commented, “I look forward to seeing Renato take on leadership over Smith’s business development activities. His experience in electronic component distribution and his vast network of long-term relationships will help us cultivate new avenues for innovation and maintain our drive to advance the industry.”
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, Smith’s legion of employees communicates in 50 languages and dialects and buys and sells components 24 hours per day, with global annual sales in excess of $1.35 billion. Smith is always moving: helping manufacturers navigate market shifts; customizing supply chain solutions; testing components using cutting-edge technology. The support of Smith’s flexible Intelligent DistributionTM model optimizes customers’ supply chains from beginning to end, including offering customized options for IT asset disposition that deliver maximum ROI, sustainability, and security. Smith’s testing and logistics hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam cover critical areas like quality management, 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, global inventory and logistics visibility. Smith is the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranks number nine among all global distributors. For more information, please visit https://www.smithweb.com or reach out to a Smith representative any time of day at +1 713.430.3000.
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