By Lisa Johnston
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Brea, Calif. — Doug Turner has joined OSD Audio, the high-performance audio company, as sales VP.
Dave Chai, OSD Audio’s president and CEO, said in a prepared statement: “Doug is one of the most savvy and creative leaders in consumer electronics today. He has the foresight and experience to react to ever changing market shifts and trends. We’re happy to have him on board.”
In his current role, Turner is responsible for all aspects of OSD Audio’s sales and product marketing, in addition to brand marketing and related responsibilities.
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.
Charlotte, N.C. – Electrolux Major Appliances North America has hired Daren Couture as end-to-end supply chain senior VP.
Couture, who joins the majap maker from Danaher, will oversee the supply chain and nine North American manufacturing facilities, including the newest cooking appliances plant in Memphis.
Secaucus, N.J. – Panasonic North America Friday named former Best Buy executive Julie Bauer as the new president of its Panasonic Consumer Electronics sales division.
In the position, she effectively replaces Kitajima Shiro, who returned to Japan at the end of February.
Washington — Tom Campbell, veteran CE retail executive, is joining the faculty of Georgetown University Graduate School to teach a new course on the branding and marketing of technology.
Campbell, who will continue in his role of corporate director and company spokesperson with Video Audio Center of Santa Monica, Calif., has become an adjunct faculty member and senior advisor to the Georgetown Global Education Institute.
Eagan, Minn. – Mike Finch has joined Capitol, distribution source for residential systems contractors, retailers, PRO AV contractors, and premium incentive resellers, as a technical sales and design representative.
Finch will work directly with Capitol customers, on the selection and installation of high-end electronics.
Curt Hayes, Capitol president / CFO, said, “His sales and installation expertise will be of tremendous value to Capitol’s customers, as will his extensive knowledge of some of the leading brands in the business.”
North Reading, Mass. – Bowers & Wilkins executive Greg Williams, 63, passed away at home on Sunday, July 14.
He was the company’s director of business development – new media.
Williams joined the home audio company in 2000 as an account executive in the Rocky Mountain territories and later relocated to Boston “where he successfully managed a wide range of brand and channel management responsibilities,” said chairman Joe Atkins.
Palo Alto, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard has named three newcomers, all former CEOs, to its board.
The three are Jim Skinner, former CEO of McDonalds; Raymond Ozzie, formerly Microsoft’s chief software architect; and Robert Bennett, former president and CEO of Liberty Media.
The additions, which take effect immediately, increase HP’s board to 12 members.
Framingham, Mass. — Dr. Amar Gopal Bose, audio industry pioneer and founder of Bose Corp., passed away at age 83.
Dr. Bose, who was company chairman, founded his namesake company in 1964 when he was a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Morges, Switzerland — Logitech International's board of directors will ask shareholders to approve the election of Bracken Darrell, Logitech president and CEO, to the board.
The election will take place at Logitech’s annual general meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Sept. 4.
Toronto — Kobo, the supplier of e-books and e-readers, hired former LG Electronics marketing VP Colin Bettam as chief marketing officer.
Bettam, who reports to CEO Mike Serbinis, will be responsible for building and expanding the Kobo brand internationally through marketing, advertising, marketing communications, public relations, events and sponsorships.