By Lisa Johnston
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New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry division has named a new industry chairperson and vice chair.
Fred Towns, president of New Age Electronics and Jack of All Games, has been named industry chairperson, and Steve Smith, TWICE’s editor in chief, has been named vice chair.
Towns replaces Mike Vitelli, former president of U.S. operations for Best Buy. Vitelli was the industry chairperson for the past five years.
Smith replaces former publisher of TWICE Marcia Grand, a board member for more than 25 years and vice chair since 2002.
“Fred has been an active member of the National Consumer Technology Board for many years. With his ongoing dedication and determination, I know that Fred will continue to grow the industry participation and achieve success,” Vitelli said in an email to ADL board members.
Vitelli said Smith “has been a member of the board since 2005 and will be a tremendous asset to Fred and the ADL in this new role.”
Both appointments are effective Nov. 9, the evening of the industry’s annual ADL dinner at New York’s Grand Hyatt hotel. The dinner will honor Denise Morales, executive VP/global sales and channel strategy for Beats By Dr. Dre; David Bilas, executive VP of Nationwide Marketing Group; Mitch Paull, president of American Signature/Value City Furniture; and Peter Weedfald, president of Gen One Ventures.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.