San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
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.
Hauppauge, N.Y. – Personal Communications Devices (PCD) has tapped Donna Morrison as marketing VP responsible for developing and executing all go-to-market strategies.
Katie Wasserman, hired last year, remains CMO.
Morrison is a 20-year wireless-industry veteran who most recently served as senior manager of product portfolio management and marketing at U.S. Cellular.
Boston – Luxury-audio startup AudioXperts, founded by industry veteran Eli Harary, appointed another industry veteran, Hank Finke, as director of sales for North and South America.
In the new position, Finke will build the company’s distribution network throughout the two continents, the company said.
Omaha, Neb. — Louie Blumkin, son of Nebraska Furniture Mart founder Rose Blumkin and head of the family business for nearly 40 years, died Tuesday night. He was 93.
Blumkin is credited with building his mother’s fledgling furniture store into the largest home-furnishings emporium in the nation. He also arranged the sale of a majority interest to billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in 1983.
Osaka, Japan – Panasonic trimmed its board of executive officers Wednesday and named the first female member in the company’s 95-year history, according to reports out of Japan.
Panasonic named Hiroko Ota, a former economic and fiscal policy minister now teaching at Tokyo’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, to its board, Bloomberg reported.
Winston-Salem, N.C. – Former Electrolux exec Patrick Maloney has joined the Nationwide Marketing Group as appliance merchandising VP.
He fills a position left vacant by organizational changes following the departure of Adam Thomas, and expands a white-goods team that includes senior appliances VP and fellow Electrolux alumnus Jeff Knock, and marketing senior VP Rick Weinberg.
Fort Worth, Texas — Glenn Rogers will formally step down as business manager of the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) on Feb. 28 after more than six years with the buying group.
His retirement was announced last month at PRO Group’s annual International CES reception.
Chicago — Opalum, the Scandinavian supplier of thin on-wall active speakers, appointed a sales director and a marketing director to “bring a tighter focus on customer relations and quality to our sales efforts,” president Ulrik Sindberg announced.
Industry veteran Aldo Filippelli was tapped as sales director to lead the development and execution of the company’s U.S. sales efforts, and Crystal McKinney was named marketing director to oversee the company’s marketing strategy.