Allied Electronics


Electrocomponents plc/Allied Electronics         

Top 50 Distributor Allied Electronics promoted Scott McLendon to company president this year, replacing longtime leader Lee Davidson. Allied is a division of Britain-based Electrocomponents plc, which also operates RS Components in Europe and Asia-Pacific. McLendon has been with Allied since 2007, most recently serving as vice president of product management and marketing. When asked about the industry outlook for this year, McLendon made the following comments early in 2013:

“I still think that it’s slow growth. If I look at all the macro-economic indicators and some that are more specific to the industry we play in, they all are predicting slow growth. That would be for 2013 and 2014, actually. I don’t see anything coming that’s suddenly going to impact that very negatively or, conversely, positively,” says McLendon. “One of the things I think has had more of an impact than I first thought is the federal budget crisis and the sequester and the draconian budget cuts that have been put in place… Any customer that has any sort of tie to the federal, state, or local government is being dramatically affected. It’s not just the [Lockheed Martins] and Raytheons and companies like that. It’s also companies that build controls for water and waste water treatment plants, for example. With this first round of cuts, there are programs that have been cut, there are things that have been delayed. I originally didn’t think it would have as big an impact as it has. And with the Congress we have in place right now, I don’t see it getting fixed. I think it’s going to be status quo.”

Ian Mason, Group Chief Executive

Scott McLendon, President and CEO, Allied Electronics (pictured right)

Company Headquarters: Oxford, United Kingdom;Fort Worth, Texas (Allied Electronics)

2012 Sales: $1.5 billion

Locations: N/A

Employees: 6,200 global (Allied Electronics, 781)

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