Arrow’s Bird on Supplier Consolidation and Design
In his role as president of Arrow Electronics Inc.’s Americas components business, Alan Bird is responsible for all customer and supplier relationships, sales and the management of employees.
During his 25 years in the electronics industry he has seen tremendous change, including the growth of outsourcing to China and other parts of Asia; economic recessions; the rise and decline of the PC and the flush of new technologies such as mobile devices, the Internet of Things and wearables. Today he is focused on serving customers in the Americas while grappling with a changing environment that demands a nimble supply chain. He is also facing the challenge of growing markets that include industrial, auto, lighting and the Internet of Things. Consolidation in the semiconductor industry is another shift that executives like Bird are thinking about as they seek to prepare their customers for a newly revamped chip market.