Symbol Technologies, Inc. The Enterprise Mobility Company, have announced Todd Abbott is assuming a new role as senior vice president, worldwide operations, effective immediately. Abbott will continue to report into Symbol President and CEO, William Nuti, and will have senior executive responsibilities for manufacturing and supply chain operations as well as his current responsibilities of worldwide sales, vertical marketing, and strategic alliances.
In addition, Thomas Collins has been named vice president, worldwide supply chain operations. A three-year veteran of Symbol, Collins will remain a member of the senior staff and report directly to Abbott. Collins has helped progressively improve Symbol's manufacturing and supply chain operations since taking on the responsibility last July.
"Merging these organizations under Todd's leadership will enable a stronger focus on customer satisfaction and allow us to optimize our processes to drive greater alignment from demand to supply," said Nuti. "With a results-driven management style, Todd's dedication, focus, and superior leadership will bring tremendous value to the organization. He is constantly leading by example -- driving accountability and integrity across the Company."
About Todd Abbott and Thomas Collins
Abbott, a 20-year technology industry veteran, joined Symbol in November 2002. He has leveraged his business knowledge and market experience to help Symbol execute its strategic plan of leading the enterprise mobility market and addressing the needs of customers in vertical markets, such as retail, wholesale distribution, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, healthcare and government sectors.
Abbott's leadership has been central to Symbol's operational excellence, cultural evolution and organizational maturity. He has implemented a successful go-to-market strategy, recruited a team of quality leaders, launched an award-winning PartnerSelect channel program filled with a list of top-tier resellers, and expanded Symbol's global reach through geographic expansion in the Asia Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.
Prior to joining Symbol, Abbott spent eight years with Cisco Systems. While at Cisco, Abbott was based in Paris where he led Cisco's service provider business in EMEA as a group vice president. In this role, Abbott was responsible for the development of business relationships with the post, telephone and telegraph (PTTs) organizations, mobile operators, alternative carriers and cable operators across EMEA. Abbott was earlier based in Singapore, where he led the sales operations for the Asia and India regions. Previously, Abbott was with IBM for 12 years in various sales and sales leadership positions.
Collins joined Symbol three years ago and helped reduce worldwide net inventory by $45 million (U.S.) in the first half of 2003. He has been instrumental in positively impacting Symbol's profitability over the past year-- driving cost reductions, factory utilization and streamlining Symbol's global supply chain efficiencies. Formerly, Collins was a vice president in the operations organization responsible for the Company's new product development center as well as inventory and materials management. Collins was also a member of the Symbol team that was
awarded the prestigious Shingo Prize for outstanding lean
Collins joined Symbol from Massachusetts-based Bose Corporation, the global manufacturer of audio speakers and headphones, where for 10 years he held manufacturing leadership positions and directed operations at its 350,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Columbia, S.C.
"Achieving our vision and executing our strategy requires leaders who exemplify Symbol's corporate culture," said Nuti. "Todd and Tom are classic examples of great Symbol leaders who deliver on performance commitments while also furthering our Company values."