By Lisa Johnston
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Arlington, Va. — Joe Clayton, Dish Network president and CEO, and Mike Mohan, Best Buy home business group president, have been appointed to fill vacant positions on the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) board of industry leaders (BIL), Jay McLellan, board chairman, said Thursday.
The CEA BIL is comprised of 45 consumer technology industry leaders and serves CEA and its executive board in an advisory role, helping to set priorities for association activities and industry public policy positions.
Board members have broad experience in the CE industry, have been active in CEA activities and represent the industry’s interests at large.
“I am pleased to appoint these two leaders of the industry to the CEA BIL,” said McLellan, who is also president of Leviton Security & Automation. “Both lead top companies, both have excellent reputations and both have agreed to step up and help serve the industry.”
Clayton is a former chairman of the CEA and a 40-year CE industry veteran.
Prior to joining Dish in 2011, Clayton was CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio, president of Global Crossing North America, president and CEO of Frontier, and marketing and sales executive VP for the Americas and Asia of Thomson S.A.
He is a 25-year veteran of RCA.
Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in the discovery, launch and marketplace success of several breakthrough CE technologies, including the VCR and DVD players. He also shepherded the launch of DirectTV, HDTV and satellite radio. For these accomplishments, Clayton was inducted into the CE Hall of Fame in 2008.
“Honored as a 2013 Digital Patriot by CEA, Joe is a passionate champion of technology. He has constantly challenged the status quo and led the development of new business models, services and products by embracing innovation and the consumer,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “As a past CEA chairman, we are pleased he will once again serve in a leadership position for our organization.”
Mohan is a 25-year CE industry veteran. In his current position, Mohan oversees a broad range of technology products and services and is accountable for the direction of Best Buy’s home business group in the U.S.
Before joining Best Buy, Mohan served as VP and general merchandise manager for Good Guys, an audio/video specialty retailer with 71 stores in the western United States.
Prior to joining Good Guys in 1997, Mohan worked at Canada-based Future Shop in various positions, departing as senior category manager for audio. He was responsible for Future Shop’s expansion in Canada and entry into the U.S. market.
“Mike’s vast experience and exemplary leadership will be a crucial asset to the BIL,” said Shapiro. “His proven successes will provide key guidance and direction helping to advance the CE industry.”
The call for BIL nominations is open until June 17. The nominating committee of the CEA executive board reviews all nominations and proposes a slate to the membership.
Industry leaders are elected during the annual fall general membership meeting and may serve for a term of up to three years.
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