By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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Petaluma, Calif. – Core Brands hired more new executives.
The newcomers are Yann Connan, hired as director of product management for the audio group; Brett Faulk, who joins the company as executive director of strategic products; and Randall Logan, who becomes director of channel marketing.
Faulk and Logan are filling newly created positions.
Indianapolis – Gregg Throgmartin is stepping down as executive VP and COO of hhgregg, effective March 31.
Throgmartin, son of the chain’s late chairman Jerry Throgmartin and scion of the founding Gregg and Throgmartin families, is leaving the company and his seat on the board to pursue outside interests and manage family businesses, the retailer said.
Fremont, Calif. — Cellphone-Mate, the supplier of cellular-signal boosters, promoted national sales manager Curtis Burkhart to the newly created position of sales and marketing director.
He has been national sales manager since joining the company in 2012.
Cellphone-Mate markets boosters under the SureCall and Shakespeare AnyWhere brands.
Toronto – Bob Gassel, VP of engineering and product development for the Paradigm, MartinLogan and Anthem audio brands, passed away at the age of 63.
The 40-year industry veteran, based in Carmel, Ind., worked with the three brands for four years, initially as international sales VP. Before that, he was principal of The Gassel Group, a company that he founded to coach salespeople.
Redmond, Wash. — Longtime Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella was named CEO today by the company’s board of directors, replacing the outgoing Steve Ballmer.
Nadella, who joined Microsoft in 1992, previously was executive VP of the company’s Cloud and enterprise group. Nadella has spent the majority of his time at Microsoft overseeing the build-out of the company’s Cloud infrastructure that supports Xbox and Bing.
Nadella was also named to the board of directors.
Minneapolis – Best Buy chief financial and administrative officer Sharon McCollam has added principal accounting officer to her duties.
She assumed the new responsibilities Jan. 31 following the resignation of controller and chief accounting officer Susan Grafton, who left the retailer after 13 years for a position at another company.
McCollam, lauded by analysts for her track record as chief financial officer and COO at Williams-Sonoma, came out of retirement to join CEO Hubert Joly’s new management team in fall 2012.
Mahwah, N.J. – Longtime industry product development expert Mark Knox rejoined former employer Sharp Electronics at the start of the year as a product and marketing consultant, focused on the launch of the Sharp WiSA-compliant Universal Player, the company confirmed for TWICE Monday.
Los Angeles – Stefan Guelpen, former Panasonic/Lumix sales and merchanding VP, has joined Flixel Photos as their president and member of the executive team.
Guelpen will report to Philippe LeBlanc, Flixel CEO and co-founder, who cited Guelpen’s “extensive background in starting and growing companies.”