San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
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.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish Thursday announced the promotions of two executives in a move to further consolidate and improve operations.
Bernie Han, Dish executive VP and COO, will oversee all direct and indirect sales and distribution, in addition to his current responsibilities managing operations, information technologies, customer service, customer retention and corporate initiatives, the company said.
Indianapolis — hhgregg has named former adman and Sears exec Jeffery Haines chief merchandising officer.
Haines is the second Sears veteran to hold the post, which was filled briefly last year by ex-Sears and Circuit City senior exec Doug Moore.
Prior to Haines’ and Moore’s appointments the top merchandising duties were helmed by Michael Larimer, who returns to his original CE focus as electronics merchandising senior VP.
New York — Richard David “Dick” Lewis, co-founder of the New York CE chain Newmark & Lewis, died on March 2.
His age was not disclosed.
The chain, based in Hicksville, N.Y., closed for good in 1992, but in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s it was the largest CE and appliances retailer in the New York metro area, with almost 70 stores. Its ubiquitous and quirky local TV ads — featuring the tagline “Dick Lewis is Watching!” — made him a household name in and around the city.
Port Washington, N.Y. — The NPD Group has announced changes to its senior management.
“Rapid change in our industry, combined with our new retailer partnerships, more robust infrastructure, and next-generation delivery tools, make this a time of great opportunity for NPD and our clients,” said NPD CEO Tod Johnson. “Our new organization leverages NPD’s core strength of industry expertise while also positioning us to grow our business through accelerated product innovation and strategic global expansion.”
Medford, N.Y. – Richard Woolfson, executive director of NECO Alliance member Intercounty Appliance, died unexpectedly on Sunday. He was 54.
Woolfson joined the Long Island appliance and CE buying co-op in 1989 as an operations manager and was promoted to buyer two years later. He was named executive director in 2008.