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Rodney C. Adkins, Chairman of the Board of Avnet, Inc.; Board member since 2015; President, 3RAM Group LLC

Chairman of the Board Rodney Adkins presides over the twelve-member board of directors. Each director brings value and experience to the board in areas such as international business, finance, operations, government, human resources, engineering, marketing and academia.

Prior to 3RAM Group LLC, Mr. Adkins was the senior vice president of corporate strategy for IBM, with responsibility for leading continuous transformation across IBM and developing strategies linked to execution plans for a new era of computing, new markets and new clients. He held a number of technical and business leadership roles during his 33-year career with IBM which included serving as the senior vice president of IBM’s Systems and Technology Group. As a part of this, he led all aspects of IBM's semiconductor, server, storage, and system software businesses, as well as the company's Integrated Supply Chain and Global Business Partners organizations.

Mr. Adkins has received multiple leadership awards throughout his career. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

In addition to serving on the Avnet board since 2015, Mr. Adkins currently serves on the board of directors for W.W. Grainger, Inc., PayPal Holdings, Inc., and United Parcel Service, Inc. He also previously served on the board of PPL Corporation and Pitney Bowes.

Mr. Adkins serves as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the chair of the Executive Committee.

Last updated: December 2021