Brian Chan is vice president of IT for global technology distributor Avnet, Inc. Chan and his team are responsible for supporting Avnet’s global portfolio of shared services and leading strategic initiatives, including application development, business intelligence, data analytics, systems integration services, and process improvement.
Chan joined Avnet in 2008, relocating from Canada to Hong Kong to lead the IT team for Avnet’s Technology Solutions operating group in Asia Pacific. Chan held this role for more than three years. During this time, Chan and his team deployed the technology platforms needed to support the business as it underwent tremendous growth. Additionally, Chan led the IT integration of five acquisitions, significantly expanding Avnet’s presence in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
In 2012, Chan transferred to Avnet’s corporate headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz., to assume his current role to lead the IT team supporting Avnet’s global shared services organization, which includes the company’s finance, legal and HR teams. Chan implemented a number of strategic IT projects in this role, and he was recently named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. This lifetime achievement award recognized Chan’s exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.
Prior to joining Avnet, Chan served as the executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at Morneau Sobeco (now Morneau Shepell), a pensions and benefits consulting and outsourcing firm. Chan led the technology practice for the firm as managing partner and was part of the company’s successful IPO in 2005. He also previously was the vice president of electronic banking for the Bank of Montreal, vice president of IT for Canadian Bank of Commerce, and executive director and CIO for the Ministry of the Solicitor General in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Chan holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo. He earned a master’s degree in business administration degree from the University of Toronto.