By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – Jay Vandenbree, senior VP of LG Electronics USA, will retire on Jan. 4.
Vandenbree, who has been with LG Electronics USA for the past four years after 23 years with Sony Electronics, will officially retire as of Jan. 4, 2014, the company confirmed.
He will stay on in an advisory capacity through the first quarter of 2014, according to LG.
LG said a replacement for Vandenbree will be announced during December.
Boston — Shopguard has named of Tanya Anderson Perry as U.S. sales, marketing and operations VP.
Shopguard Systems Limited provides security, display merchandising and interactive visual in-store media solutions for retailers all over the world.
Perry, a CE veteran with such firms as BlackBerry and LG Electronics, among others, will be responsible for Shopguard’s U.S. business.
Edmond, Okla. — Petra Industries has appointed Niraj Trivedi as Texas district sales manager of car audio.
Trivedi will be responsible for generating repeat business with Petra’s current customer base, increasing sales of Pioneer mobile A/V products, and promoting Petra as the car audio distributor of choice for the region, the distributor said. He has 13 years of car A/V sales expertise and extensive knowledge of sales and marketing strategies to grow its mobile A/V sales within the state of Texas, it added.
Paul Starkey, the former president of ELAN Home Systems and multiple time entrepreneur, and Steve Firszt, Fast Forward Business Coach, have joined forces to create VITAL MGMT, a new professionals services company offering premium data aggregation, benchmarking and business improvement services to custom installation dealers, integrators, and installers.
The services will be offered exclusively through a new cooperative called VITAL Coop that they have founded and serve as executive directors.
Branchburg, N.J. – Falcon Safety Products has named Steve Smith sales senior VP.
The company, best known for its Dust-Off brand of CE cleaning products, said Smith will be responsible for managing all sales in Falcon’s Dust-Off, marine and safety-products brands.
Smith was previously sales director for Sportcraft, where he headed up the company’s e-commerce sales.
Philadelphia – Veteran appliance distributor Larry Feldman died suddenly on Sunday.
Feldman’s family founded Empire State Distributing, a regional CE and majap wholesaler. He joined Almo nearly 20 years ago following the sale of the business to the national distributor.
Petaluma, Calif. – Core Brands tapped Matt Dever, formerly with THX and Pioneer, as audio segment marketing manager.
At THX, Dever was senior director of sales, responsible for overseeing licensing and certification programs for the company’s automotive, cinema, consumer electronics and education divisions.