By Lisa Johnston
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Dallas — Samsung Telecommunications America appointed Vince Hudson to the new position of marketing strategy and operations VP to oversee marketing operations and product launches in the U.S.
The Procter and Gamble veteran will focus “on enhancing how consumers engage with Samsung technology,” the Samsung Electronics subsidiary said.
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Tokyo – Jack Tretton, president/CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEA), will leave the company as of March 31, the result of a mutual agreement between the executive and the company not to renew their contractual relationship.
Shawn Layden, currently executive VP and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will replace Tretton as of April 1, the company said.
Tretton has been with SCEA since its inception in 1995. As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton played a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation platforms in North America.
Los Angeles – Marc Finer, formerly DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group technical director, advances to the position of DEG senior director, the group said Thursday.
According to a DEG statement, the promotion reflects Finer’s expanding responsibilities in focusing on emerging platforms that provide consumers exciting new experiences in both home entertainment and consumer electronics.
Mukilteo, Wash. – Vana, the North American distributor of premium A/V products and accessories, appointed Stephen DeFuria as eastern region sales director, effective March 1.
DeFuria was most recently with Thiel Audio but also worked at Musical Fidelity and NAD.
Vana markets Vienna Acoustics speakers, IsoTek power conditioning, Primare Electronics A/V electronics, Dr. Feickert Analogue turntables, Okki Nokki record cleaners, Acoustical Systems tone arms and analog accessories, and Blue Horizon audio accessories to specialty A/V dealers.
Indianapolis — Klipsch Group appointed Oscar Bernardo as president of global operations.
Bernardo, an eight-year Klipsch veteran, was sales and operations senior VP for Klipsch Group’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business. He joined Klipsch Group in 2006 and shortly thereafter became operations senior VP. As sales and operations senior VP for the EMEA region, he was responsible for all aspects of business involving the Klipsch, Energy and Jamo audio brands in 19 countries, the company said.
Stockholm, Sweden – New European Union (EU) rules that limit certain board assignments have compelled Electrolux chairman Marcus Wallenberg to step down this year.
Electrolux’s board plans to nominate deputy chairman Ronnie Leten to succeed him.
Toronto – The board of directors of Paradigm, MartinLogan and Anthem appointed its second new president/CEO in about as many months.
The board hired Christopher R. Leader, effective immediately. Leader most recently was a managing partner of Hi-Beam Consulting, a management-consulting company focused on manufacturing businesses.
Mountain View, Calif. – Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside will leave the company at the end of March following the recent announcement that Motorola owner Google is selling the business to computer maker Lenovo.
Woodside will become COO of Dropbox.
Winston-Salem, N.C. – Jeannette Howe, executive director of Nationwide Marketing Group’s Specialty Electronics Nationwide (SEN), has left the buying group.
A longtime industry veteran, Howe joined Nationwide to head the then-new organization in January 2006.
Tom Hickman, electronics senior VP with Nationwide, said that the group is undergoing a search for a replacement and that in interim he will be running SEN.
Indianapolis – hhgregg has promoted web chief Kevin Lyons from VP to senior VP of e-commerce.
Lyons, a veteran of Sears and Best Buy, joined hhgregg last May and has since lead the creation of what the company described as “an ambitious online development and promotional strategy” that has produced double-digit growth in sales and conversions.
The online initiatives include improved website navigation, positive social-media engagement among key customer groups, and integrated online and in-store marketing, the chain said.