William Ameliois the Chief Executive Officer of Avnet. He was named to the position in September 2016.

Amelio's experience includes serving as chief executive officer and president of CHC Group LTD, a global helicopter services provider. Vancouver-based CHC is the largest helicopter service company in the world, specializing transportation to offshore oil and gas platforms as well as helicopter repair and overhaul. The company operates over 250 helicopters across 30 countries globally.

Before joining CHC, Amelio was CEO of Lenovo from 2005 to 2010, helping the organization to integrate IBM’s Personal Computer business and introduced the Lenovo brand around the world, quintupling product sales.

Amelio was senior vice president, Asia-Pacific and Japan, for Dell Inc. from 2001 to 2005, assisting with responsibility for strategy and operations across the region. During his tenure, sales more than doubled in the region and service levels improved significantly, as measured by third-party customer satisfaction metrics.

From 2000 until 2001, Amelio was executive vice president and chief operating officer of NCR Corporation's Retail and Financial Group, one of its two businesses. From 1997 to 2000, he was with Honeywell International Inc. and its predecessor, AlliedSignal Inc., where he was president and CEO of Honeywell's transportation and power-systems divisions, and head of the turbocharging-systems business at Allied Signal. The turbocharging-systems business doubled in revenues to more than $1,000 million, implemented Six Sigma and SAP, and successfully integrated acquisitions. From 1979 to 1997, Amelio was with IBM, where he held a wide range of senior management positions, including general manager of Operations for IBM's Personal Computing Division.


William Amelio has a Master's degree in Management from the Sloan Master's Program at Stanford University and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.


Through the Amelio Foundation, Bill and his wife Jamie founded Caring for Cambodia in 2003, a non-profit organization focused on education. The charitable organization now supports five thousand Cambodian children and ninety teachers by building schools, libraries, water wells and homes for needy families, and providing professional training to teachers. Lenovo executives are involved with the foundation at a very grass roots level and teams of top executives have traveled to Cambodia to help with construction of the schools.


Lehigh University presented Amelio with an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering in 2008.

William Amelio
Pittsburgh, PA
B.S. Chemical Engineering
Notable Achievement: 
President and CEO of Avnet, Inc.; President and CEO of Lenovo Group, makers of the ThinkPad notebook