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Wayne, N.J. — Toys“R”Us has named company veteran Antonio Urcelay CEO and former Walmart regional president Hank Mullany president.
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.
Louisville, Ky. – GE Appliances has appointed Rob Posthauer general sales manager with responsibility for all sales activities within the retail and contract channels.
He succeeds Mike McDermott, who left in September to head Lowe’s building and maintenance businesses.
Posthauer, a former Maytag manager, joined GE in 2004 and most recently served as general manager of GE’s Home Depot business, earning a Vendor of the Year award from the home improvement chain in 2012.
Cupertino, Calif. — Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts has been tapped by Apple to run its retail and online stores as senior VP.
The fashion industry veteran will assume the post this spring, filling an extended vacancy following last year’s departure of former Dixons CEO John Browett after six months on the job.
Browett in turn was brought in to succeed Ron Johnson, the architect of the Apple Store format, who left in November 2011 for an ill-fated turn-around attempt at JCPenney. He was dismissed as CEO April.
Littleton, Mass. — Bob Michaels advances from ZeeVee worldwide sales senior VP to CEO, the company said Thursday.
Michaels will lead commercial market development and global expansion initiatives for the on-premises HD video distribution technology company.
While at ZeeVee, Michaels was instrumental in the company’s vertical market expansion by developing strategic partnerships, expanding global business and overseeing significant revenue increases.
New York — Jim Capizzi, former LG Electronics sales director, and Paul Norton, former Sharp Electronics national sales manager, regional sales, have joined Haier America’s digital products group as regional sales manager, East, and regional sales manager, West, respectively.
Both men will report to John Homlish, Haier America digital products group sales and marketing senior VP.
Park City, Utah — Skullcandy has appointed Jason Hodell as chief financial officer.
Hodell was most recently chief financial officer of Shopzilla, and has previously held positions with Move Networks and Digex.
In a statement, Skullcandy president and CEO Hoby Darling said the company was attracted to Hodell’s “turnaround experience,” among other things, noting that this was “an important skill set that will be an added benefit to our current situation.”
Anaheim, Calif. – Paul Darbee, 66, longtime CE industry veteran and founder of DarbeeVision, which sells video-enhancement technologies, died suddenly Sept. 23, as his company was making preparations for its appearance at CEDIA Expo.
Born Feb. 3, 1947, Darbee was a visionary inventor and entrepreneur who helped found remote-control resource Universal Electronics, and developed the preprogrammed universal remote control.
Bellevue, Wash. — High-end home audio supplier Peachtree Audio hired former D+M executive Andrew Clark as president and promoted Jonathan Derda to national sales manager.
Peachtree co-founders Jim Spainhour, David Richardson and Rhonda Simpson continue to oversee product development, operations and accounting, respectively.
Clark’s CE-industry experience includes positions as sales and marketing VP at Aerial Acoustics, 12 years as product management VP at Harman Specialty Group, and most recently as global business team leader at the D+M Group.
Raleigh, N.C. – Brett Eppley, former Voxx International national accounts general manager, joins Mohu as sales VP for the expanding HDTV antenna and consumer electronics company.
Eppley reports to Mark Buff, Mohu president and CEO.
Prior to joining Voxx, Eppley was Sirius Satellite Radio national accounts director for eight years. He also spent 12 years at Thomson Consumer Electronics as key and national accounts manager.
New York — Barnes & Noble today announced the appointment of two new executives.
The bookseller named Mahesh Veerina COO, effective Oct. 7, and Doug Carlson as digital content and marketing executive VP, effective immediately. Both will report to Michael Huseby, president of Barnes & Noble and CEO of Nook Media.