By Lisa Johnston
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Mississauga, Ontario — D&H Canada is strengthening its focus on the retail and consumer market, having appointed industry veteran Shawn Snobelen as its new national manager of retail and online sales.
As part of this effort, the distributor has grown its retail portfolio, partnering with significant vendors in the consumer space, including the recent addition of Dell’s consumer product line, which will be available to D&H customers in Q1.
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Hyannis, Mass. – Custom-install supplier Savant Systems appointed former Barnes & Noble CEO William J. Lynch as CEO as part of its effort to bring home automation to the mass market.
Robert Madonna, Savant’s founder and CEO since 2005, will remain chairman of the board.
Savant’s products provide tablet and smartphone control of home appliances, home theaters, whole-house music systems, security, thermostats, lighting-control systems, automated shades and the like.
City of Industry, Calif. – Autosound supplier Cadence Audio appointed Eric Stevens as chief product architect and Roy Starling as international sales manager.
The appointments follow the October hiring of Tom Caronia as national sales manager and the September appointment of Gary Wilkinson as managing director/CEO.
Stevens was the founder of Image Dynamics and has more than 20 years of design experience. He is also an IASCA World Champion in the Expert Unlimited Class.
New York – Shariff Kan has stepped down as president/CEO of Haier America and will be succeeded by Whirlpool engineering veteran Adrian Micu.
Kan, a 35-year industry veteran, joined Haier America in 1999 as merchandising VP following stints at The Wiz and Bloomingdales. He was promoted to executive VP in 2005 and succeeded company founder Michael Jemal as president in 2009.
Fullerton, Calif. — Premier Mounts announced its board of directors has elected Richard Pierro as co-CEO.
Pierro, who was previously general manager, will oversee day-to-day global operations and will work alongside Len Dozier, founder and CEO, on growing the company in new markets worldwide, the company said.
Irving, Texas – Uniden America has named three key sales and marketing executives to its leadership team.
Kip Sullivan, sales VP for North and South America at Cobra, has joined Uniden as sales and marketing executive VP, a new position. An executive with more than 25 years of industry experience, he was Uniden’s sales VP from 2006 to 2008.
Derek Blubaugh, a 20-year industry veteran who was most recently sales director of Coby Electronics, has been named as sales director for North America, also a new position.
Minneapolis – Cabela’s president/CEO Thomas Millner has joined Best Buy’s board.
Millner has headed the hunting, fishing and camping equipment chain since 2009, and before that served as CEO of Remington Arms, the firearms and ammunition manufacturer.
Waterloo, Ontario – BlackBerry hired Eric Johnson as president of global sales, reporting to John Chen, executive chair and CEO.
The addition will “round out BlackBerry's new executive leadership team,” said Chen.
"The experience that the majority of the new leadership team has in working together previously will drive change within the organization at a faster pace,” Chen added.
Fort Worth, Texas – RadioShack has appointed Dollar General finance chief John Feray executive VP/chief financial officer, effective Feb. 6.
He will succeed interim chief financial officer Holly Etlin, a managing director at consultancy AlixPartners, which had been retained by the chain. She and her team will continue to advise the company on its operational turnaround.
Las Vegas – Kenwood sales VP Dave Hoag has been promoted to senior VP, responsible for sales and marketing.
The nine-year Kenwood veteran replaces 10-year Kenwood veteran Keith Lehmann, who recently left the company as executive VP.
Lehmann was also senior VP of JVC Mobile Entertainment, but parent company JVC Kenwood Americas hasn’t said whether it will fill that position.