As previously reported, Yoshihiko Yamada officially took over as chairman/CEO of Matsushita Electric Corp. of America, while Masaru Kono became president/chief operating officer of Panasonic Consumer Electronics on June 29. Yamada replaces Don Iwatani and Kono replaces Andy Takani. Both Matsushita veterans return to company headquarters in Osaka, Japan... Kim Maguire, former chief merchandising officer of Circuit City, has joined QVC as executive VP/chief merchandising officer, with responsibility for the direction, development and strategic planning of all of QVC's merchandising categories... Jerry Kalov, longtime consumer electronics industry leader and current industry executive advisor for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) was presented with its Lifetime Achiement Award during CEA's annual CEA CEO Summit, "in recognition of his extraordinary achievements and contributions to the consumer electronics industry," said CEA president/CEO Gary Shapiro. (See picture on p. 60.) ... Robert Sachs, after five years as president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), is leaving at the end of the year. No successor is expected to be named until after the November elections... Jim Doehrman, former chief financial officer of the claims services division of ADP, has joined Gracenote as chief financial officer... Kirk Hirota, formerly with JVC's Hachioji Factory Overseas Business for Closed Circuit TV/Security, named president of JVC Professional Products, replacing Mike Yoshida, who is retiring.…Petro Shimonishi, ex-Sonance and –Kenwood, returns to electronics industry with appointment as NetStreams marketing VP…Bill Sobel, ex-Whirlpool and Unisys exec, joins the North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA) as education director…Roger Murphy, who oversaw operations at the European/Middle Eastern/African segment of portable storage bag maker Targus Group International, has been promoted to CEO. Brett Johnson, who had run day-to-day operations as president, is stepping down, but will remain a board member…Rich Tudanger, former marketing and training exec with Samsung, joins Humax USA as national sales and marketing manager... Sam Taylor, formerly VP/e-commerce for Lands' End, has joined Best Buy as senior VP/online stores and marketing, reporting to John Thompson, senior VP/general manager of BestBuy.com…Theresa Young named marketing director at portable storage maker Laserline.