About Ed Kamins




Ed Kamins, Principal, UpFront Advisors

In February of 2009 Ed Kamins retired as the Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Operational Excellence Officer of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a $26B Electronics Firm.

A long time operational executive and group president, Ed Kamins accepted the newly created post of Chief Operational Excellence Officer in July 2005.

To break the dead-lock that had become the distribution industries’ cyclical stock performance, Avnet has had to transform their operation and focus on aggressive objectives for return on capital (ROCE). Kamins and his operational excellence team lowered costs, reduced cycle times, improved customer service and achieved new levels of operational efficiencies. He served as a senior corporate officer and a member of the Avnet Executive Board.

Kamins was recruited to lead this major initiative which includes company-wide re-engineering, redesign of core processes, and out-sourcing as well as an aggressive process to simplify global distribution. He has also led the global information solutions (IT) team as Chief Information Officer and Avnet’s Shared Business Services, which focus on leveraging scale and scope in providing centralized services and certain back-office functions. He also founded a new business to provide computer services and outsourced supply chain information systems to Avnet customers.

Previously, Kamins served as Group President and founder of Avnet Applied Computing and grew it to $1.6 billion. This business was established to innovate by customizing computer solutions in markets such as Medical, Telecom, Gaming, etc. He joined Avnet in 1996 as senior vice president of business development for Avnet Computer Marketing.

He has held several high tech sales and marketing positions with various manufacturers and was involved in startups. His 16-year career with Digital Equipment culminated with the job of vice president of Channels, responsible for a $1.5 billion North America channels business.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with honors from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA in marketing from the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University.



Ed joined the board of directors of InterDigital Communications Corporation ( NASDAQ: IDCC) in December 2003. The company designs, develops and provides advanced wireless technologies and products that drive voice and data communications. He serves as a member of its audit, governance and finance committees.

In April 2006, Ed joined the board of directors of Calence, LLC a leader in building, managing and optimizing customized, client-centric networks. That company has since been sold to Insight Enterprises.

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