Chris Breslin, President

Chris was promoted to the president of Farnell's global businesses in June 2018. He has global responsibility for the direction, operations and growth of the $1B+ Avnet business unit, including identifying and leveraging synergies between Farnell and Avnet. He brings the experience, knowledge of the business and leadership style that will help Farnell continue to grow. Chris reports to Pete Bartolotta, chief transformation officer.

Chris joined Farnell in July of 2014 as chief product officer, and during his tenure, globalizedFarnell’s asset and product organization and greatly improved the company’s customer proposition by adding several dozen new suppliers. Most recently he served as senior vice president for global product at Farnell.

Prior to Farnell, Chris spent five years as the chief operating officer for Crescent Electric Supply Company, one of the largest electrical wholesalers in North America. He was responsible for the company’s $1B P&L, and grew their operating profit significantly over three years. Chris also spent 14 years at Arrow Electronics in various management positions.

Chris graduated from Fordham University Bronx, NY, with dual concentration and a Bachelor of Science in finance and marketing. He earned a Master of Business Administration in international business from Manhattan College, plus completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Location: USA

Languages: English

Areas of expertise: Role of High service distributors and the value they add for customers; Farnell’s Product Strategy and geographic reach; IoT, Raspberry Pi, and the booming “Maker” market

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