By Lisa Johnston
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Ron Wilson was promoted to president/CEO of Best Buy’s Canada operations. He succeeds Mike Pratt, who reportedly left for a top U.S. retail post with a Bain Capital property. Wilson was merchandising and e-commerce senior VP since 2008 for Best Buy Canada ... Hank Finke, ex-Nuage Nine, appointed director of sales for North and South America at luxury-audio brand AudioXperts ... Stephen DeFuria, ex-Tempo High Fidelity, appointed national sales manager at Thiel Audio ... Aldo Filippelli, ex-MK Sound and Dynaudio North America, named U.S. sales director of audio supplier Opalum, which named Crystal McKinney as marketing director … The NPD Group has realigned its senior management. Karyn Schoenbart, president and COO, who oversees NPD’s commercial practice areas and product functions around the world, adds IT and operations to her responsibilities. Steve Coffey, chief research officer, will shift his focus to emerging technology and shifting consumer and retail trends. Randy Smith was named group president, product management and development, a new position. He was previously group president, U.S. food/automotive/Canada/Latin America. Dennis Brown has been named group president, Americas commercial business, a new position. He was formerly group president, technology and hardlines ... Jeffery Haines was named chief merchandising officer at hhgregg, while former top merchandising exec Michael Larimer returns to his original CE focus as electronics merchandising senior VP for the chain ... Glenn Rogers formally stepped down as business manager of the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) on Feb. 28 after more than six years with the buying group ... Gerald Storch is stepping down as CEO of Toys“R”Us, but will remain chairman of the No. 1 toy chain. Storch has held both posts since joining the company in 2006. He will continue as CEO while a search is conducted for his successor ... Mike Riccio was promoted to chief financial officer at Panasonic North America.
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.