By Lisa Johnston
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Indianapolis, Ind. – h.h.gregg has appointed former Walmart marketing exec Julie Lyle as chief marketing officer.
She fills a vacancy left by the departure of chief merchandising and marketing officer Doug Moore in 2012.
Lyle joins the chain following stints at Prudential Corp. Asia Ltd., where she was chief marketing officer, and at general merchandise retailer Pamida, where she served as chief merchandising and marketing officer.
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Baltimore – Ben Newhall, Sound United’s chief sales officer, left the company, and Sound United has begun a search for a replacement, confirmed CMO Blair Tripodi.
The Sound United division of Directed, created early in 2013, is responsible for Polk, Definitive Technology, and Boom Movement products.
Newhall was a Polk veteran of about 30 years before he was promoted to Sound United chief sales officer.
Los Angeles — James Fishler, formerly LG Electronics USA marketing and go to market operations (CMO) senior VP, has joined Beats by Dr. Dre as sales VP, he revealed Monday through LinkedIn.
Fishler’s departure follows the recent announcement that Jay Vandenbree, LG Electronics USA Home Entertainment senior VP, will retire at the end of the year.
Vandenbree’s duties will be absorbed by incoming LG Electronics USA president William Cho.
Update! Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics Wednesday disclosed 44 executive appointments, including three new corporate presidents and the reassignment of LG Electronics USA president Wayne Park to global sales and marketing officer.
The changes include a number of new executives to lead Home Entertainment operations and the global sales and marketing office.
Mahwah, N.J. – Blake DeSimone, who has been the chief financial officer for D+M Group’s America’s business, was appointed last month to the position of acting president of the company’s Americas sales and marketing organization, the company said.
DeSimone is filling the position vacated by Brian Poggi, who left in October as part of a restructuring that eliminated several positions at the company.
Suwanee, Ga. — Alex Rivera, formerly Panasonic display group sales manager, has been named consumer electronics sales director for Hisense USA, the company said Monday.
Rivera — who has a long history in the CE industry, holding various sales management positions at Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Samsung and Sony — will be responsible for the development of strategic sales plans and retail expansion for Hisense.
He will report to Peter Erdman, Hisense USA consumer electronics sales VP.
Fort Worth, Texas — In the latest round of management changes at RadioShack, executive VP Huey Long has left the company and Mark Boerio has joined to head up inventory operations.
Boerio, formerly of Belk Department Stores, is the latest in a series of recent hires at the struggling CE chain, as Joe Magnacca, less than one year into his helm as CEO, continues to assemble a new management team to assist in his turnaround efforts.
Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart Stores president/CEO Mike Duke will be succeeded in February by international division chief Doug McMillon.
Duke, 63, has held the discounter’s top post since 2009. During his tenure he managed to squeeze steady sales and income from a recessionary environment, although the company’s stock price remained stagnant. He had previously led the discounter’s U.S., international, logistics and distribution operations.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben will leave the struggling smartphone maker, and James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as chief financial officer, said CEO and executive chair John Chen.
Replacements for Tear and Boulben were not named.
BlackBerry also announced today that Roger Martin, a board member since 2007, has resigned.
Charlotte, N.C. — Electrolux has named Nolan Pike senior VP and general manager for its North American cooking business.
Pike will join the company on Dec. 2. He will report directly to Jack Truong, Electrolux’s CEO, and he will become a member of the company’s North American leadership team. Previously, Pike worked for Sears as its Kenmore brand VP and general manager.
Pike will replace John Terzo, who is retiring after spending 32 years with Electrolux.