Moore's Lobby Podcast

Bringing Design Order to a Chaotic World: Insights From Top Execs at Digi-Key and Molex

Episode #52 / 46:13 / September 27, 2022 by Daniel Bogdanoff
Episode Sponsor: Excelpoint

Two industry-leading executives with electrical engineering backgrounds discuss some interesting results from their recent survey of design engineers and provide key insights from their positions in the electronics industry.

In this keynote interview from Industry Tech Days 2022, we hear from two leaders at electronics industry heavyweight companies—Digi-Key and Molex. Dave Doherty is the President and COO of distributor Digi-Key Electronics while Joe Nelligan is the CEO of Molex, a leading supplier of connectors and interconnect components. Both of these gentlemen started their careers as engineers and still have an enthusiasm for and understanding of the challenges that design engineers face today.


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About Our Panelists

Dave Doherty, President and COO of Digi-Key Electronics

Dave Doherty is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Digi-Key Electronics. He has over 35 years of professional experience in the semiconductor manufacturing and electronics distribution industries. Dave began his career with Digital Equipment Corporation in design and manufacturing engineering. His experience and knowledge enable him to provide great insight and innovative leadership within Digi-Key and the electronics industry.



Dave holds a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Babson College. Doherty has served on the advisory board for the School of Professional Selling at Baylor University and actively serves on the Electronics Component Industry Association (ECIA) board, including holding a past Chair position.


Joe Nelligan, CEO of Molex

Joe Nelligan has spent over 35 years at Molex, where he has been the CEO since 2018. He started at Molex as a summer intern in their product engineering department before joining Molex full-time in 1986. 

Prior to his current position, Joe was the COO and President. In that role, his responsibilities included leading the company’s four Global Product Divisions that serve the data communications, consumer electronics, medical, industrial, automotive, and commercial vehicle markets. He also oversaw the company’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations with over 50 manufacturing facilities in 23 countries.



Nelligan graduated from Notre Dame in 1986 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and earned his MBA in 1989 from the University of Chicago. He has been awarded 11 U.S. patents and serves on the Board of Directors of the DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) in Naperville, Ill.