San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Clarksville, Ga. – Dean Hanby has been named VP of Nationwide East, a regional division of Nationwide Marketing group.
He replaces Howard Khouri, who previously held this role, is retiring this month.
“Howard has been an integral player to the growth and success of Nationwide East and he will be missed dearly,” said Dave Robison, director of Nationwide East. “I am confident Dean is the ideal leader to fulfill this role and am excited about some of the new initiatives he will lead in the future.”
Santa Monica, Calif. — Sandy Gordon, 79, a longtime sales and marketing executive in the consumer electronics industry, passed away on March 29, here.
Gordon held sales, marketing and executive positions with several CE manufacturers over the last 50 years, including a long tenure with Sanyo and then Action TV.
His family reported that Gordon remained active very recently as a direct liaison with suppliers overseas, coordinating private-label programs with major accounts.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Karl Werner has been named U.S. technology president for The NPD Group, the global information company.
Werner leads the consumer electronics, technology, games and mobile practice areas. He was previously president of NPD’s consumer technology business, and before that president for commercial technology, IT and printing.
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.
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.