San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Mike Abary, a 20-year industry veteran who has spent the last decade with Sony Electronics, has been appointed consumer IT product marketing senior VP at Samsung Electronics America … Tim Westergren, chief strategy officer and founder of Pandora, will deliver a keynote address at the 2013 International CES Leaders in Technology (LIT) Dinner, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas …George Appling, ex-Booz & Company partner and Brightstar exec, joins Personal Communications Devices as president/CEO. He replaces Philip Christopher, who was instrumental in launching the company’s predecessor, Audiovox Communications, in 1984 … Ned Bunnell, president of Pentax’s American operations for the past seven years, will retire, effective Sept. 30, said Noboru Akahane, Pentax Ricoh Imaging, who will add Bunnell’s responsibilities to his current global role. At the same time, James Malcolm will become Pentax Ricoh Imaging America executive VP, reporting to Akahane. Malcom will be responsible for the leadership and operations of the U.S. subsidiary … Turtle Beach announced founders Carmine Gonanno, CEO, and Fred Romano, executive VP and COO, are retiring. Both will remain on the board, and Gonanno will be replaced as CEO by Juergen Stark, former COO for Motorola Mobility Holdings’ mobile devices business … Basil Larkin, ex-Amana, BSH and Viking, named Lynx Professional Grills’ sales and marketing VP.