Lynn Torrel is Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at Flex, the manufacturing partner of choice that helps a diverse customer base design and build products to improve the world. In her capacity, Ms. Torrel is responsible for direct and indirect materials, transportation and logistics, business operations, materials management and strategic supply chain management. Prior to joining Flex in September 2019, she held several leadership roles at Avnet spanning global supply chain solutions, strategic accounts and semiconductor business development, among others. Most recently as President, Avnet United and Velocity, Ms. Torrel was responsible for maintaining and growing the company’s largest and most strategic customers and managing global supply chain programs. She also optimized complex supplier strategies and oversaw key semiconductor initiatives, linking efforts across regions and driving global best practices. Ms. Torrel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and an MBA from Arizona State University, where she received the 2010 W.P. Carey Student Leadership Award. In May 2019, she was named one of the Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal. She also served as a board member for the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) and Cortney’s Place, a non-profit organization serving the adult special needs community.

A Bad Case of High-Tech PTSD

Is it possible for an entire industry to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? Ever since the proverbial Internet bubble burst in the early 2000s, it feels as if many members of the electronics supply chain have traded “irrational exuberance” for an over-abundance of caution. And each ensuing dip in the economy has reinforced this survival-mode…

Working the Kinks Out of Decentralized Product Development

When the business migration movement began in the electronics sector, there was a fairly clear-cut disaggregation of product development and production — design in one location and manufacturing in another low-cost, developing region. As domestic demand in emerging economies has grown, manufacturers are increasingly looking to design products specifically to meet niche local customer requirements.…

Segmentation Enables Supply Chain Trifecta: Lower Cost, Higher Revenue & Greater Flexibility

The competitive pressure on members of the global electronics sector has never been greater. While electronics OEMs recognize that their supply chains represent a significant opportunity to gain efficiencies, reduce cost, and boost market share, many struggle to take their supply chain process improvement efforts beyond the proverbial low-hanging fruit. At Avnet, we recommend customers…

In SCM, Attitude Is (Almost) Everything

Each year, Gartner releases its Supply Chain Top 25 Ranking to recognize companies with the world's highest performing supply chains. And each year huge high-profile companies like Apple, Amazon.com, and Wal-Mart are ranked among the top performers. However, it is not just the size of these organizations that distinguishes them; it's their attitude about their…

Reader Audit: Help Us Help You

Before I sat down to write this, my first EBN Velocity blog since I assumed responsibility for Avnet's custom supply chain solutions business — Avnet Velocity — I spent a fair amount of time conferring with the editors of EBN and my Avnet Velocity predecessor Gerry Fay about their visions for the EBN Velocity project.…