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DBL Hires Industry Veterans Henry Chiarelli, Steve Bell

8/29/2006 11:01:00 AM Eastern

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – DBL Distributing has hired two CE industry veterans, Henry Chiarelli and Steve Bell.

Henry Chiarelli has been named senior VP of merchandising and marketing and Steve Bell as purchasing VP. They started with DBL Aug. 14 and the announcement was made this morning.

DBL said in a statement that the appointments reflect its “commitment to serving consumer electronic retailers nationwide through aggressive and innovative marketing, purchasing and merchandising strategies and as a foundation for addressing new growth opportunities.”

David Lorsch, CEO, commented, “The combined knowledge and expertise that Henry and Steve bring to the table regarding consumer electronics marketing, merchandising and product selection will certainly help us grow the DBL brand and reinforce our position as the premier distributor among independent retailers and online retailers.”

Chiarelli, a 35-year industry veteran, will oversee the teams that manage DBL’s innovative merchandising, marketing and purchasing strategies. In his role, Henry manages the development, maintenance and improvement of all of DBL’s products, from customer offerings to business services.

Over the years Chiarelli served as president of Radioshack.com, and top merchandising and marketing positions with CompUSA and chains such as Computer City, Incredible Universe, Mc Duff Electronics, VideoConcepts, and Scott Appliance. Prior to joining DBL, Henry was president of Gibson Audio (a subsidiary of Gibson Guitar). He also serves on the board for Cobra Electronics.

Bell will be responsible for managing corporate buying staff and relationships with existing and future manufacturing partners. He will be responsible for developing and implementing inventory management metrics, systems and processes including overall product selection, pricing and stocking levels. A 40-year industry veteran, Bell has held management positions in purchasing and marketing with well-known consumer electronics entities, among them Wall to Wall Sound and Video, J&R Music World, and most recently Electronics Expo.

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