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Buena Park, Calif. — Yamaha veteran Bob Goedken has been promoted to general manager of the A/V division of Yamaha Corp. of America (YCA), reporting directly to YCA senior VP Tom Sumner.
Goedken will be responsible for leading the sales and marketing efforts for Yamaha A/V products in the U.S., including promotion, distribution, support and product strategy initiatives, the company said.
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.
Suwanee, Ga. — Longtime industry veteran Jonathan Frank, formerly Audiovox assistant mobile electronics marketing VP, has been named marketing VP of Hisense USA.
Frank is responsible for the development of Hisense USA’s annual consumer marketing and branding strategies as well as retailer and business partner programs. He is also responsible for all advertising, digital media, PR and media relations programs.
Girard, Ohio — Home-speaker supplier SVS appointed industry veteran Jack Travis as global sales director as part of the company’s effort to expand U.S. and global market share.
“Travis will play a key role expanding SVS retail distribution in the U.S. and abroad while supporting e-commerce efforts for one of the audio industry's original and most successful Internet-direct brands,” the company said.
Bushnell, Fla. — Gerard (Jerry) E. Sarvis, 73, a CE industry veteran and founder of GES Distributors, died on March 22.
Sarvis, a native of Glen Cove, N.Y., served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and then made his career in the consumer electronics industry.
His business career began with Motorola. He later joined Sylvania, Sony and Pioneer Electronics as a manufacturer's representative in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft hired Judson Althoff, a longtime Oracle executive, as president of North America sales and marketing and corporate VP.
Althoff starts in his Microsoft role on March 29 and reports to COO Kevin Turner.
Althoff will manage the company’s sales, marketing and services staff in the United States and Canada.
Turner said Judson’s “proven leadership will enable us to continue to excel in delivering the best devices and services experience to our customers, including businesses and consumers.”
Washington, D.C. - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski announced today he will be leaving office in the coming weeks.
Genachowski took over the chairmanship in 2009. During his tenure, the FCC worked to expand wired and wireless broadband and bandwidth.
Louisville, Ky. — Quadrant Solutions, a supplier of permanent magnets and magnetic assemblies, appointed former Thiel Audio executives Kathy Gornik and Dawn Cloyd to identify additional opportunities for the company in the consumer electronics industry.
Gornik co-founded Thiel Audio and was responsible for the company’s direction and marketing strategy. She also served on multiple boards and committees for the Consumer Electronics Association and others. She sold Thiel in November 2012.
Stow, Ohio – Audio-Technica founder Hideo Matsushita passed away March 5 at the age of 93 from natural causes, the company announced.
A private wake and funeral services were held on March 8 and 9.
Matsushita founded the company in 1962 as a maker of phono cartridges. The company now designs and manufactures products such as microphones, headphones, noise-cancelling headphones, wireless microphone systems, mixers, turntables and electronic products for home and professional use.
New Smyrna Beach, Fla. — Dr. Ian Ross, the former president of Bell Laboratories who oversaw advances in transistors and microchips, died last week at his home here. He was 85.
Under his watch, Bell Labs research teams furthered field effect transistors, which became a mainstay of integrated circuits, and developed a method of growing the silicon crystals used to make super-thin semiconductor wafers, which led to a new generation of faster computers, microprocessors and switching systems.
Park City, Utah — Skullcandy has named former Nike general manager Hoby Darling as its new president and CEO.
Rick Alden, the company’s founder who took the helm as interim CEO last month when Jeremy Andrus left, will stay on at Skullcandy, but no new title was given.