Cleat Kimbrough, Vice President of Operations and Quality, Asia & EU Cleat Kimbrough joined Smith in January of 2000 in its Houston operations department. In June 2002, he was transferred to Hong Kong to develop and manage operations in Smith’s Asia-Pacific region, and, in January 2008, Cleat was promoted to the post of Acting Executive Director for Hong Kong. In October 2014, he took on the role of Vice President of Operations and Quality, Asia & EU. Cleat earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Local Knowledge Extends Quality in Global Supply Chains

Diversification and expansion in the electronics market poses many challenges: there is a rapid emergence of new markets, an extension of supply chains, increased logistics and reverse logistics demands, not to mention rapidly growing, intense competition from new, locally-based OEMs. These market challenges are repeated across regions; they are similar regardless of point of origin…