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Portland, Ore. — Steve McNally has joined Electrical Distributing, Inc. (EDI) as executive VP.
McNally is a veteran CE sales executive who has developed sales teams with such major manufacturers as LG Electronics, Sharp and Toshiba.
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.
San Francisco- Dolby Laboratories founder Dr. Ray Dolby died Sept. 12 at his home in San Francisco at age 80.
In 1965, Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories, whose major accomplishments include the development of noise-reduction and surround-sound technologies. He held more than 50 U.S. patents.
“Tens of thousands of films and billions of products and devices with Dolby technologies have made their way to theaters, homes and consumers’ hands around the world,” the company said.
Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s has tapped GE’s Michael McDermott for the newly created position of senior VP/ general merchandising manager, building and maintenance.
McDermott most recently served as sales leader-appliances at GE and was also a member of the company’s corporate commercial council.
In his new post, he will be responsible for the lumber and building materials, millwork, hardware and tools, and rough plumbing and electrical divisions, reporting to chief merchandising officer Michael Jones.
Arlington, Va. – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reported that Bob Borchardt, former CEA chairman and Recoton Corporation president/CEO, died today at 75.
Newark, Calif. — Logitech International has hired Vincent Pilette as its new chief financial officer.
Pilette, who reports directly to Logitech president/CEO Bracken Darrell, was previously CFO of Electronics for Imaging. Prior to that Pilette spent 14 years at Hewlett-Packard, holding a variety of finance positions finance VP for HP’s multibillion dollar server, storage and networking business.
Logitech's previous CFO, Erik Bardman, left the company in April to join Roku as its CFO.
Mahwah, N.J. — Longtime industry veteran Jodi Sally has joined Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA) as the company’s new home entertainment products marketing director.
Sally was most recently marketing VP at Coby, and previously held senior marketing roles at Toshiba and Panasonic.
At Sharp Sally will oversee the product-based marketing of Sharp’s consumer home entertainment portfolio. She will report to Jim Sanduski, SEMCA strategic product marketing VP.
Long Beach, Calif. – Chad Vogelsong, a 17-year JVC veteran, is leaving as marketing GM of JVC’s car entertainment division.
Vogelsong, whose last day is Sept. 6, said he plans to get involved in a new endeavor that he didn’t disclose.
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced that he would step down within the next 12 months.
Ballmer, who took over as CEO for Microsoft founder Bill Gates in 2000, did not give an exact reason for his decision.
“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said.
Microsoft’s board of directors has appointed a committee to find a replacement; Gates will participate in the search, the company said.
Medford, N.Y. – Intercounty Appliance, a member of the NECO Alliance buying organization, has named Electrolux veteran John Graff as merchandising and advertising director.
Graff, formerly an Electrolux general manager for the independent dealer channel, will be responsible for developing merchandising plans to increase volume from existing vendors, and will help develop policies and procedures to improve Intercounty’s operational efficiency.