ADI Appoints Michael Flink New President

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The US-based wholesale distributor ADI has named Michael Flink as president of ADI Global. ADI, part of the Honeywell Security Group (HSG), will operate globally, and Flink will lead all ADI businesses across the Americas, EMEA, and India.

He will continue to report to HSG President Ron Rothman. Rothman said: “Michael is a distinguished leader with many years of experience building successful distribution models, driving growth, and delivering positive results.

Under his leadership, ADI Global will continue to strengthen its value proposition, maximize its global network and deliver a robust customer experience to help customers grow their businesses.” Flink, pictured, has been president of ADI Americas since 2010.

Michael Flink noted “Our company is well positioned to grow, and we are committed to serving dealers and vendors around the world. With ADI’s strong multi-brand, multi-category and multi-region distribution model, we will continue to drive growth and build on our position as a global leader in distribution, and I am proud to have the opportunity to lead this organisation.”

Flink joined ADI in 2003 as the vice president of marketing for ADI North America. In 2005, he launched the company’s international expansion into Europe, overseeing the opening of 32 offices in the first year. Under his leadership, ADI completed the acquisition of the distributor Gardiner Group Europe and extended its reach into 14 countries across the region.

Flink also served as the general manager for Honeywell Security Middle East from 2006 to 2010, where he opened the first office in the region and established the sales, marketing, technical support and supply chain operations to serve customers across 22 countries.

In a separate announcement, ADI announced Rob Aarnes has been named president of ADI North America. In this position, Aarnes will be responsible for leading all ADI business operations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

He will continue to report to Michael Flink.

Aarnes previously served as the ADI operations leader for the past two years. In this role, he led the company’s operational excellence efforts to improve the capabilities of ADI sites across North America, and drove initiatives for sustainable improvements in safety, quality, delivery, cost and inventory management.