Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that Bob Bowen has joined the company as vice president of global trade compliance. In this role, Bowen will oversee Avnet's global trade compliance program, which ensures that customers and suppliers remain compliant with the evolving laws and regulations in countries around the world. Bowen reports to Mike Buseman, chief global logistics and operations officer.
"As global trade continues to become more complex, customers and suppliers rely on Avnet to help ensure compliance wherever they do business," said Buseman. "Avnet's proactive compliance procedures ensures the integrity of each transaction and provides early detection and resolution of compliance issues which helps avoid risks, delays and unnecessary costs. Having a team member with Bob's caliber of expertise to drive our global trade compliance strategy and culture is vital. Bob's leadership will help Avnet continue to build its strengths around global trade compliance to accelerate success for Avnet, our customers and suppliers."
Bowen brings 23 years of legal, regulatory and trade compliance experience in dynamic business environments to Avnet. His depth of knowledge extends from multi-billion dollar public companies to private practice, to roles with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Bowen most recently served as associate general counsel, government and regulatory affairs at Western Digital Corporation. In that role, he oversaw and directed the international trade law compliance program and worked within many jurisdictions where Avnet does business, including China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and the European Union.