New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry divisio
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.”
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.
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.
Seoul, South Korea – Samsung Electronics said Thursday it has appointed president Boo-keun Yoon and president J.K. Shin as CEOs of their respective business units at the electronics global giant.
Adding new tandem CEOs gives Samsung Electronics three CEOs. With the move, Vice Chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon will retain his position of CEO and chairman of the board of directors. He will continue to oversee Samsung Electronics’ components business.
Mountain View, Calif. — Andy Rubin, who led Google’s drive to create the Android OS for smartphones and tablets, has decided to “hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google,” CEO Larry Paige announced.
Paige didn’t say whether Rubin would continue in a new role at Google but said Android efforts will be taken over by Sundar Pichai, who will also continue to lead Google’s Chrome OS and Apps efforts.
Paige said Rubin and his staff “exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android.”
Hollywood, Fla. — BrandsMart USA’s chief marketing and merchandising officer Dick Wallace is stepping down April 12.
A 24-year veteran of the South Florida big-box CE, appliance and housewares chain, Wallace had contended with health issues in recent years.
In his resignation letter, obtained by TWICE, he said he plans to return to school, spend more time with his family and focus on his health.
San Francisco — Tom Gandulla has joined Parasound Products as sales director.
Gandulla, with more than 25 years of experience in the CE industry, was most recently sales director of key accounts for Xantech and Aton. His previous experience was in sales and training at API, Monster Cable, Polk and Infinity.
During the 1980s and 1990s he was in retail floor sales and management at The Good Guys and The Federated Group.