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Ex-Amazon Exec Sadowski Joins D&M

11/01/2006 08:43:00 AM Eastern

Mahwah, N.J. – Frank Sadowski, a five-year Amazon.com veteran who left the online retailer in October (Sadowski Leaving Amazon.com), has joined D&M Holdings as executive VP of business development, a new position.

In a prepared statement issued on Nov. 1 D&M Holdings said, Sadowski will play a key strategic role in identifying business directions and product strategies targeting the “premium CE customer.” Sadowski will officially join the company on Dec. 1.

Vic Pacor, president/COO of D&M Holdings, said, “We are pleased to have someone of Frank’s stature join D&M. As an innovator, Frank has his pulse on what CE consumers want in both domestic and international markets. We’re committed to our strategic focus of distributing products through specialty retailers and the custom installation markets, and Frank’s creativity and insights will bring us fantastic new opportunities to connect with premium CE customers and differentiate our products on a worldwide basis,” he added.

Sadowski joined Amazon in 2001 as VP/CE merchandising, with responsibility for consumer electronics and computers. In that position, he helped forge relationships with manufacturers and secure key authorizations at a time when e-tailing was still feared as a disruptive channel. Most recently he was Amazon’s VP/global CE vendor management.

During his tenure there, Amazon grew from a CE renegade struggling to obtain vendor authorized merchandise to a respected Top 20 seller of CE and IT products with an estimated $1 billion in category sales. Prior to joining Amazon, Sadowski was senior VP/merchandising for CE e-commerce pioneer 800.com. Before that he was a merchant for Sun Television and Appliance and a buyer for Silo.

D&M Holdings owns the Denon, Marantz, McIntosh Laboratory, Boston Acoustics, Snell Acoustics, D&M Professional, Denon DJ, ReplayTV and Escient brands. D&M Holdings is based in Kawasaki, Japan with North American headquarters, here.

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