Our Board and management team

Lindsley Ruth
Chief Executive Officer

Lindsley joined as Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Prior to Electrocomponents, he was Executive Vice President of the Future Electronics Group of companies. In this role, he was a key member of the core leadership team which transformed the organisation’s performance and expanded its global reach. Before joining Future in 2002, Lindsley held senior positions with TTI Inc and Solectron Corporation.

David Egan
Group Finance Director

David joined as Group Finance Director in 2016. Previously, he was Group Finance Director of Alent plc, Global CFO at ESAB Holdings Ltd, the largest division of Charter International plc, and Group Financial Controller at Hanson plc. He has extensive experience in business transformation through performance improvement and M&A and has worked in Asia as well as Europe, the US and Australia.

Marianne Culver
President, RS Components

Marianne is responsible for driving profitable growth across the regions, developing the RS brand and delivering an improved experience for electronics and industrial customers. She has 25 years’ experience as a senior international executive. Previously, she was UK Managing Director at TNT and prior to this, Executive Director of Transformation and Supply Chain/Supplier Management at Premier Farnell plc.

Steve Newland
President, Allied Electronics

Steve is responsible for driving transformational and profitable growth in the Americas and further strengthening the exceptional customer service for which Allied is renowned. He has over 30 years’ experience as a senior sales and operations executive. Previously, he was Senior VP Americas – Global Sales Operations at Mouser Electronics and prior to this, Chief Operating Officer for GEOS Communications.

Kurt Colehower
President, RS Pro

Kurt is responsible for the RS Pro product range around the world. This includes growing the size and reach of the own-brand portfolio to further the benefits it offers to both customers and suppliers. Before joining in 2015, Kurt was President of the Americas Components Group of Arrow Electronics. He also held senior positions at Solectron Corporation.

Alexander von Schirmeister
Chief Innovation Officer

Alexander is responsible for both Digital and IT across the business, with a primary remit to further enhance and grow the eCommerce offering to ensure customers have a world-class online experience. Previously, he spent ten years in senior management positions at eBay, culminating in Vice President of eBay EMEA. He also held roles at Telefonica, Booz Allen & Hamilton, and Procter & Gamble.

Mikael Malm
Chief Supply Chain Officer

Mikael is responsible for the ongoing development of the Group’s supply chain, ensuring Electrocomponents continues to leverage its global scale in a safe and sustainable way to provide customers with an industry-leading service. Previously, he was Chief Operation Officer and Executive Vice President at Efore Oyj, Director Supply Chain Management at Huawei, and Head of Sourcing and Supply at Ericsson Saudi Arabia.

Ian Watson
Chief HR Officer

Ian has responsibility for building an effective organisation and ensuring the business has the right skills and culture it needs to deliver the Group strategy. He has led a major culture change across the Group through the introduction of global behaviours, underpinned by performance management and reward structures. Before joining in 2004, Ian held senior roles at Vodafone plc and the Thomas Cook Group.

Michael Cramb
Senior Vice President Corporate Development

Michael is responsible for strategy development and M&A activity. He has extensive experience in business transformation and M&A. Previously, he led a strategic review and ran M&A and joint venture activity at Imagination Technologies Group plc. Prior to this, he was Vice President Corporate Development at Alent plc, and held senior positions at UK Government Investments and Rexam plc.

Ian Haslegrave
General Counsel and Company Secretary

Ian has responsibility for corporate governance covering the legal, indirect procurement, pensions and company secretarial functions. He has driven several key initiatives across the Group, including changes to the company's pension arrangements. Prior to joining in 2006, Ian was International Legal Director at Viacom Outdoor. He also held senior positions at United Biscuits and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.