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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.
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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.
Reno, Nev – OEM Systems, the OEM and branded maker of custom-installation speakers, amps and accessories, has appointed industry veteran Richard Frank as director of sales and marketing.
Frank and president Tony Gable said plans are underway to significantly expand their OEM business from the company’s 18,000-square-foot facility.
San Diego — Sony has hired Frank Sterns as custom sales VP.
Sterns was formerly president and CEO of Niles Audio, where he spent 18 years in various sales and marketing positions. He has been in the consumer and professional electronics markets for 30 years.
He is also a three-time CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award nominee.
Scottsdale, Ariz. — Gerald S. Calabrese, 64, longtime consumer electronics industry veteran, died at home here Monday after an extended illness.
Calabrese had a long career in the CE industry, most recently serving as founder and president of Nuko, a technology distributor specializing in the sales, marketing and distribution of consumer electronics products.
San Diego — Audio company House of Marley has brought on two new executives: Vince DiMella as sales director, lifestyle/ASR, and Jeff Baldwin as brand marketing manager, lifestyle.
DiMella will be responsible for leading the House of Marley’s sales efforts across the lifestyle channel with an emphasis on action sports (surf, skate, snow) and streetwear retailers. Prior to House of Marley, DiMella worked for such companies as Powder Design and Private Label.
Mashantucket, Conn. — The NECO Alliance, the $1.3 billion Northeast buying cooperative, has elected Mike Napoletano president and Vito Blandi VP.
Napoletano previously served as NECO’s coordinator, and continues in his 33-year role as president of Appliance Dealers Co-Op (ADC), the group’s New Jersey chapter.
In his new position, he will oversee all NECO operations and will lead strategic initiatives with the group’s other chapter presidents, including Blandi, who heads Intercounty; Vincent Capuano of DMI; and Steve Moran of NEAG.
Hatfield, Pa. — A/V specialty chain and custom integrator World Wide Stereo has promoted two directors to VP posts.
Bill Hettinger, who heads e-commerce, joined the dealer in 2010 and will continue as VP to guide its integrated e-commerce, social media and online marketing strategies.
Colleague Bill Buch heads purchasing. He joined the company in 2002 and will continue as VP to manage forecasting, planning, procurement and purchasing for World Wide’s retail, e-commerce, custom integration and installation services.
Tokyo – Hiroshi Yamauchi, 85, the former Nintendo president that helped to change a playing card company into a video game empire, died Thursday from complications with pneumonia, the company said.
Yamauchi, who at the time of his death still served as an executive adviser to the company, was the third-generation head of the family-run business, founded in Kyoto in 1889. He had served as its president from 1949 until 2002.
Cincinnati — h.h.gregg’s chief administrative officer and former chief financial officer Michael Stout is retiring after 35 years with the company.
Stout served as controller from 1986 to 1987 and was chief financial officer from 1997 to 2005, after which he assumed his current post.
According to an 8-K filing, he will remain with the chain for a brief transitional period. No successor was named.