Global technology distributor, Avnet, has named Eric Williams as its new Internet of Things (IoT) global vice-president. The company said, in a statement, that the appointment was made to reflect the company’s IoT strategy for Avnet worldwide.
The company claimed this role was newly created by Avnet to reflect the growing demands of today’s global business environment. In this role Williams will develop and deploy a global IoT strategy, working across the company to design, develop and drive edge-to-enterprise IoT offerings
Avnet CEO, Rick Hamada, said the pace of change in today’s global business environment demands agility and imagination and the company’s customers and suppliers have been asking for the development of new solutions that combine multiple elements of technology from the edge to the enterprise.
“In Eric, we have found an executive with global experience and a proven ability to design, develop and implement innovative programs with positive results.
“He has been involved in a broad variety of roles throughout the technology supply chain from identifying new market opportunities to delivering results-driven channel programs. These experiences make him the ideal candidate to lead our IoT strategy and supporting initiatives,” he said.
Williams has served in a number of executive leadership positions in the technology industry, and most recently was a strategic advisor for CABA Technologies and Moon, focused on the intelligent LED market.
From 1994 to 2014, he served in progressively advancing positions with Arrow Electronics, such as executive vice-president of Support Net, vice president of global strategy and vice-president of global lighting.
He has also had extensive experience in leading large sales organisations and identifying and advising on mergers and acquisitions.
In addition, Williams held numerous leadership positions in sales and operations at Bell Industries, between 1987 and 1994.