Brian McNally, a distribution industry veteran and most recently a top executive at Arrow Electronics Inc., has left the company and will be joining energy products services provider Rexel SA as head of its North American operation effective August 1.
McNally was until recently senior VP, marketing and asset global components, at Arrow and had worked for about 30 years at the electronics components distributor. In the new position at Rexel, McNally will oversee the French electrical supplies distributor’s operations in the United States and Canada and join its executive committee, according to a press statement from the company.
“Brian has a proven track record in building and transforming businesses and brings a wealth of experience as a senior leader and top executive in the field of distribution,” said Rudy Provoost, chairman and CEO of Rexel, in the statement.
The circumstances under which McNally is leaving Arrow is less clear, however. The global distributor did not issue a statement regarding his departure and a replacement for his last position has not yet been publicly announced. It’s not unlikely that McNally chose to depart the company after losing the role of head of Arrow’s global components division to Eric Schuck who was named to that position at the beginning of this year.
After serving as president of Arrow’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Components business between October 2011 and last December, Schuck took over the entire group in January, putting him in a good position to jostle with other senior executives whenever chairman and CEO Michael Long decides to retire.
McNally, who also served as president of Arrow’s EMEA components business from 2008 to 2011, was moved from that job and appointed instead president of specialty components within the unit. Schuck, who reported to him at EMEA as vice president of the unit’s marketing operation, was named president and two years later appointed head of global components.
In May, Arrow named Andy Bryant chief operating officer, moving him up from president of the company’s global enterprise computing solutions business. Both Sean Kerrins, who succeeded Bryant, and Schuck now report to the COO, the company said in a statement announcing the appointments.
While McNally might have lost the leadership tussle at Arrow, he is well positioned at Rexel’s North America business, which accounts for about one-thirds of the company’s annual 13 billion euro ($17.5 billion) revenue.
“Brian McNally’s appointment reinforces Rexel’s commitment to create the leadership conditions to further accelerate the business transformation and to leverage synergy and scale across North America, and to drive the execution of Rexel’s Energy in Motion strategy through enhanced customer centricity and organizational effectiveness for profitable organic and external growth,” Rexel said in its statement.