The Last Word: Mouser’s Glenn Smith on Marking 50 Years at His Company

“Together, we have accomplished great things, and we are far from finished.”

Glenn Smith
President and CEO
Mouser Electronics
.…on marking 50 years at his company.

Smith was a junior in college when he got a part-time job as one of 12 employees in the warehouse of an electronics startup in San Diego. Unlike most college juniors, his job lasted longer than a semester—a lot longer.

[Photo: Mouser]

He’s now celebrating his 50th anniversary at Mouser Electronics, a Berkshire Hathaway company whose HQ and central hub is in Mansfield, a suburb south of Arlington. Serving as a top leader of the company since 1988, Smith leads Mouser and its 27 offices around the globe. The company’s 2,700 employees serve more than 650,000 customers and distribute products from over 1,200 manufacturer partners. Mouser reported $770 million in revenue in 2022.

The global authorized distributor says it offers the world’s widest selection of the newest semiconductors and electronic components, “in stock and ready to ship.” In 2019, the company made room for more by announcing it was expanding its Mansfield distribution and office facility to 1 million square feet.

“Nothing we have accomplished here would have been possible without diligence, enthusiasm and perseverance of the entire Mouser team—past and present,” Smith said in a statement. “I would not be here today, after 50 years, without the exceptional teamwork of Mouser employees. Each of us continues to play an important role in making our company thrive.”

Promoted from warehouse—then all the way up the ladder

From that warehouse job as a college junior, Smith quickly climbed the ladder to management positions in every department, including technical sales, marketing, purchasing, operations, and IT.

In 1985, Smith was promoted to SVP and general manager in charge of day-to-day operations. A year later, he was instrumental in moving the operation to Mansfield, the company said—selecting the location near DFW International Airport to expand the company’s distribution capabilities.

In 1988, Smith was named president of Mouser. In 2000, the company was acquired by Fort Worth-based TTI, Inc. And in 2004, Smith was elevated to his current role of President and CEO.

Mouser and TTI were acquired by Warren Buffett-owned Berkshire Hathaway. in 2007.

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