Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces the appointment of Cleat Kimbrough to the role of Vice President, EMEA. In this role, Cleat will support Smith’s expansion and development efforts within the rapidly evolving markets of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Cleat joined Smith in 2000 after earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University. He spent 15 years developing and managing operational processes across the company’s APAC region before taking on the role of Vice President of Operations and Quality, Asia & EU. Most recently, he held the title of Vice President of Business Development – Europe.
“The EMEA region is a fast-evolving one that offers significant opportunities for development and growth,” said Cleat. “I plan to work closely with Smith’s offices in this area to build and optimize the specialized service we can provide local customers. I’m excited to see how we can continually improve our global partners’ experiences as we broaden our footprint and capabilities in this market.”
His years of international experience working within diverse markets and industries will aid him in this goal.
“From opening offices in Germany and Romania to bolstering our operational facilities, Smith has expanded our presence in Europe in recent years to offer more dynamic support to our partners in this key region,” said Marc Barnhill, Smith’s Chief Trading Officer. “We look forward to seeing how Cleat can continue developing our presence, capabilities, and initiatives throughout the whole of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.”