By Lisa Johnston
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Julie Bauer, former Best Buy executive, has been named president of the Panasonic Consumer Electronics sales division, replacing Kitajima Shiro, who returned to Japan at the end of February … Haier America has reorganized its digital products group for the Americas. Bruce Fairchild, ex-Sharp and Toshiba exec, joins as product marketing VP. Ken Ayukawa named product planning director, reporting to Fairchild. Claude Frank, an industry veteran most recently at LG Electronics, joins Haier as sales, distribution and special markets director. Stan Swinden has been promoted to Haier America Canadian sales director and Thomas D’Angelo, sales VP, will be responsible for national and regional account customers … Tom Campbell, veteran CE retail executive, is joining the faculty of Georgetown University Graduate School to teach a new course on the branding and marketing of technology. Campbell, who will continue in his role of corporate director and company spokesman with Video Audio Center of Santa Monica, Calif., has become an adjunct faculty member and senior advisor to the Georgetown Global Education Institute … Carol Surface has resigned as Best Buy executive VP/chief human resources officer, succeeded by Shari Ballard, who continues as executive VP and president of Best Buy International … Andrew Geisheimer, former Kenwood and SiriusXM executive, joins Mobile Electronics Specialists of America (MESA) ad director of MESA Gold … Daren Couture, former Danaher exec, joins Electrolux Major Appliances North America as end-to-end supply chain senior VP … Doug Turner, former IOGear, Toshiba America and Sony executive, has joined OSD Audio as sales VP.
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.