Electronic Products & Technology

Digi-Key announces top leadership transition

Mark Larson hands over the reins to Dave Doherty

June 2, 2015  EP&T Magazine

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics Corp., Thief River Falls MN, leading global electronic component distributor, announced that its long-time president and chief operating officer, Mark Larson, will hand over the reins to Dave Doherty, the company’s current executive vice president of operations. After a successful 39 year run, Larson will join Founder Ron Stordahl in a board-level role as vice chairman where he will serve as a company advisor.

Dave Doherty will fill Larson’s former role of president and COO, reporting to Stordahl. The transition will be effective July 1, 2015. Since joining Digi-Key in 1976 Larson has led the company from $800,000 to $1,760,000,000 in annual global sales revenue, and from 14 employees based in Thief River Falls to more than 3,400 employees globally.

An industry icon, Larson was inducted in the IDEA Hall of Fame in 2013 and into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2014. This year, he was awarded the Elektra European Electronic Industry Lifetime Achievement Award and as well as the electronic component industry’s greatest acknowledgement, the Gail S. Carter Award, which pays tribute to Larson for his accomplishments and his contribution to the electronics industry.

“It’s certainly been an amazing ride,” commented Larson. “Over the past 39 years, I’ve enjoyed the daily challenge of adapting and improving our business to better serve our customers. By staying the course and focusing on the fundamentals, we just kept doing what we did best better and better each day. Looking forward, as the industry continues to evolve, Digi-Key is well positioned for the next stage and I’m extremely confident in the future of the company with Dave Doherty at the helm.”


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