Management Team

CNE Direct boasts the ITAD industry’s most experienced leadership team.

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Paul Knight – Chief Executive Officer

Paul began his career in technology distribution in 1988 when he established the international sales division for NECX (now Converge- an Arrow Electronics Company). His focus was, and has always been, helping companies manage the challenges resulting from rapid changes in supply and demand for electronic products worldwide. Paul helped lead NECX through ten years of rapid growth ultimately taking responsibility for the company’s entire trading operation which reached over $400M in revenue. In 2002 Paul and his business partner began to formulate a plan intended to help large companies “repurpose” their inventories of excess and obsolete IT hardware by finding alternative uses in developing countries around the world. Material that may have otherwise ended up as electronic waste- was directed to different channels that needed computing technology at an affordable price. Over the years, Paul and his team have developed programs to assist some of the world’s largest technology companies like Hewlett Packard, Sony, and Apple to find alternative channels for their trailing edge technology and help reduce their carbon footprint. Paul is a 1985 graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS Amherst and holds a Certificate of Foreign Studies from Sophia University in Tokyo (1986).













Mike Hammond – VP of Sales & Purchasing, USA/EMEA

Mike leverages nearly two decades of experience as a senior trader and commodity manager in the electronic and computer parts distribution industry to drive CNE Direct’s supply acquisition and resale efforts in the Americas and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining CNE Direct in 2009, Mike worked with Real World Electronics, NECX and Converge as a senior trader, business analyst and regional market manager. Mike studied electrical engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology.




Bill He – VP of Sales & Purchasing, APAC 

Bill oversees efforts to strengthen CNE Direct’s sales channels and supplier base in Asia, working in close cooperation with the VP of Sales in the U.S. and EMEA. Prior to joining CNE Direct, Bill was a director at Kind Information Science and Technology in Shanghai. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and automotive engineering from Hunan University.


Joe Nye – VP of Operations 

Joe spearheads tactical implementation of CNE Direct’s strategies for continuous improvements to productivity, quality and on-time delivery. Joe also champions CNE’s Safety and Security and Environmental teams to ensure a safe work environment and a robust “repurpose, reuse, recycle” culture. A freight management and IT operations veteran, Joe established the first outsourced fulfillment solution for Microsoft while serving at Stream International in 1990. Joe also helped launch fulfillment services for AT&T’s Worldnet online service and was the driving force behind Kentucky Textile’s implementation of custom inventory and shipping solutions. Joe holds an associate’s degree in industrial engineering from Tri-State University and a bachelor’s degree in management from Western Illinois University.





Nicole Simmon – VP of Production & Development 

Nicole quarterbacks the continuous improvement initiatives that make CNE Direct a world-class leader in asset recovery and redistribution. Since joining the company in 2008, Nicole has hired, trained, mentored and motivated a CNE team that consistently beats company objectives and expectations. Prior to joining CNE Direct, Nicole was the manager of administrative services at electronics wholesaler AgoraOne. She attended Salem State University with a concentration in business management.


Jerry Quill – VP of Corporate Strategy

Jerry’s role is to identify and execute strategies for leveraging the company’s global platform, assets, and personnel to drive growth in sales, profits, and business value. He also provides leadership to help the company achieve financial objectives including capital raising, banking, risk management, and global real estate needs. Jerry was CNE’s Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2013 and he was formerly a Managing Director of Business Development at GE Capital where he managed teams in the completion of nearly $3 billion of investments. Jerry earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from the Boston University School of Management. He holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.