Paul Knight

Paul Knight

Founder & Chairman

 

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).

Jerry Quill

Jerry Quill

Chief Executive Officer

 

Jerry was named CEO of CNE in June, 2017. Jerry leads CNE’s global business platform and is focused on generating profitable growth in all markets . Prior to his CEO role, Jerry was VP of Corporate Strategy and CNE’s Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2013. He was formerly a Managing Director of Business Development at GE Capital where he led 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.

Mike Hammond

Mike Hammond

VP of Trading, 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

Bill He

VP of Trading, Asia

 

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.

ScottTownsend

Scott Townsend

VP of Global Operations

 

Scott Townsend joined CNE as Vice President of Global Operations in 2018. He is a recognized leader in the ITAD industry with nearly 20 years of experience focused on Data Security, Processing and Testing, Supply Chain Solutions, Business Development and Certifications. Scott specializes in refurbishing and maximizing value recovery of enterprise IT equipment, distributed assets, and hardware components.  Prior to joining CNE Scott has designed and developed ITAD processing solutions for two industry recognized companies. Scott holds a BA in Communications from Boston University.

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Mike Mayer

VP of Sales & Marketing

 

Mike Mayer joined as CNE’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing globally in 2018. He is a recognized leader in the IT Industry and has spent the last 20 years building and expanding organizations at hyper growth companies. Prior to CNE, Mike served on the leadership teams of Dell, VMware, Peer1 Hosting, ASG and Akamai. At these companies, Mike led large sales organizations, Operations, Sales Effectiveness,Channel, Alliance, and Marketing Organizations and received numerous awards for his leadership. Mike holds a BA in Economics at Villanova University.