The Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) will now have representation on the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ (NAED) board, thanks to the creation of a new board position approved last week by NAED’s board of directors. Stuart Irby, president of the Stuart C. Irby Co., Jackson, Miss., will assume the position.

Thomas Naber, president and publisher of NAED, says the addition of the new board position is important now that more distributors and manufacturers are embracing e-commerce.

Irby, who is the top distributor officer of the IDEA board of directors, will have a vote in all future issues before the NAED board.