David R. Birk is the recently retired Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Avnet, Inc., a Fortune 150 global company which distributes and adds value to electronic components and computer products. He was General Counsel of Avnet for 23 years and was an attorney for Avnet for a total of 32 years. He also served for periods of time as Avnet’s Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff. David was the chief architect of Avnet’s Shared Services design and implementation; and he lived in Europe on assignment for Avnet from 2003 to 2005. He has certifications in organizational change management and project management. David is currently managing director of Black Belt Compliance, LLC., a consulting firm that assists public companies with design and implementation of compliance programs. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.