The Electronics Representatives Association has announced that Walter E. Tobin has been named as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President. Tobin is an electronics industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and executive/corporate management positions. For the last nine years, he was the corporate vice president of Future Electronics, and prior management positions included 12 years at Pioneer-Standard (acquired in 2003 by Arrow Electronics) and 15 years at Arrow Electronics. Tobin holds both a B.S. and MBA from Boston College and is a former U.S. Army Captain.
Tobin succeeds Thomas J. Shanahan who has been ERA's CEO for 11 years. He was the association's chief operating officer prior to being appointed CEO in 2004. Shanahan says, “Walt's joining ERA as its new CEO is an opportunity for the manufacturers' rep function to be taken to a new level of recognition in the electronics community. I am looking forward to assisting him in any way I can.”
Tobin comments: “I am so excited about joining the ERA as the new CEO. ERA has been a major contributor to the evolution of the electronics industry and the development of the manufacturers' representative as a valuable sales model for manufacturers. ERA has also worked tirelessly to partner with manufacturers and distributors in new customer development and supply chain programs to aligned customers. I feel that my strong background in distribution and my strong, close relationships with many rep firms in the Americas can be of great help in continuing the association's existing programs and in developing new ones to grow ERA's global footprint.”
The hiring of Tobin followed a process that began last fall with the appointment of a search committee of ERA rep members. It was chaired by Mark Conley of O'Donnell Associates North, ERA's immediate past chairman of the board. Conley notes, “It is a pleasure to have concluded our exhaustive search with the selection of Walter Tobin. He brings to this new role extensive experience and enviable industry credibility that will undoubtedly benefit ERA and our members.”