By Lisa Johnston
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Antonio Urcelay named CEO and Hank Mullany named president of Toys“R”Us. Urcelay had served as interim CEO since May and succeeds Gerald Storch, who remains chairman. Mullany was CEO of The ServiceMaster and prior to that he was an executive VP at Walmart U.S. and president of the discounter’s northern division ... Jim Capizzi, former LG Electronics sales director, and Paul Norton, former Sharp Electronics national sales manager, regional sales, have joined Haier America’s digital products group as regional sales manager, East, and regional sales manager, West, respectively. Both men will report to John Homlish, Haier America’s digital products group sales and marketing senior VP … Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, named senior VP of retail and online stores for Apple, reporting to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who ran the retail operation since last year when former Dixons CEO John Browett after six months on the job … Rob Posthauer, general manager of GE Appliance’s Home Depot business, has been named general sales manager with responsibility for all sales activities within the retail and contract channels. He succeeds Mike McDermott, who left in September to head Lowe’s building and maintenance businesses … David Kenny, chairman/CEO of The Weather Channel parent The Weather Company, joins Best Buy’s board citing his “deep strategic experience” in digital … Jim Barr, OfficeMax executive VP and chief digital officer, elected to the board of Shop.org, the online wing of the National Retail Federation (NRF) trade group … Jeffrey Gudewicz, ex RF Micro Devices, joins Wilson Electronics as business development and product line management director and Christopher Rutherford, formerly with Homedics, joins Wilson as sales and marketing VP. Both report to president/CEO Robert Van Buskirk… Peter Segar named group president of Nortek’s Ergotron Display Mount Solutions unit, after serving as interim president since January. He has been with Ergotron since 2004 and prior to that with Seagate Technology and IBM … Air Force Major General Joseph Ward Jr. named deputy director of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. He replaces Brigadier General Casey Blake … Jason Hodell appointed chief financial officer of Skullcandy. He was most recently CFO of Shopzilla.
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.