San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
New York — THX has named Matthew Dever senior director of sales.
Dever will be responsible for the company’s automotive, cinema, consumer electronics and education divisions. He will also lead a team in negotiating worldwide licensing contracts with vendors, partners and customers, the company said.
Previously, Dever was with Pioneer Electronics for 20 years. His final position there was VP of Pioneer’s professional sound and visual division.
Avenel, N.J. — Fresh from a busy International CES for its seven accessories brands, Mizco announced the implementation of a new senior sales management organization.
Chris Flaharty, formerly sales VP, has assumed the position of global sales executive VP.
Harrison, N.Y. — Andre Lalande, formerly Lutron Electronics residential solutions marketing director, has been named home-automation-control company URC’s Western U.S. and Canada sales director.
At the same time, Scott Srolis, previously URC East Coast regional sales manager, advances to Eastern U.S. sales director, and Chris Discotto, previously URC Mid-Atlantic sales representative, succeeds Srolis as East Coast regional sales manager.
Petaluma, Calif. — Mitchell Witten has joined Core Brands as brand manager for Niles and Sunfire.
Witten joins Core from Monster Products where he was senior product area manager since 2009 with responsibility for all aspects of audio and wireless technology product development.
He will report to Core Brands audio segment director Mark Weisenberg.
Chicago — Cobra Electronics announced it has promoted Sally Washlow to president, effective immediately.
In her expanded role, she will lead the company's sales, marketing and product development disciplines, and will guide Cobra's strategic international expansion, the company said in a statement. Washlow will report to chairman and CEO Jim Bazet.
Washlow was previously marketing and sales senior VP. She joined Cobra in 2002.
Scottsdale, Ariz., - Tom Bamrick has been named executive director and general manager of the Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Division (IMCE), formerly DBL Distributing, replacing Brent McCarty.
Bamrick most recently was executive director of Global Sales and East Campus, responsible for U.S. domestic revenues and partnership development for Ingram Micro's global partners.
LAS VEGAS — Sony Corporation president/CEO Kaz Hirai and Phil Molyneux, president/COO of Sony Electronics, discussed the importance of 4K, the current state of the company and the industry, and unilateral pricing policies (UPP) for 2013 during an informal press reception after its press conference on Monday evening.
Hirai said that when he took on his new role and stated that mobile, imaging and gaming would be key categories for Sony as it rebuilds, he did not mean the company was downplaying TVs.
Baltimore – Audio industry veteran Paul DiComo is leaving Definitive Technology to open a full-service marketing consulting company with former Polk Audio marketing VP Al Ballard, who left Polk in October.
Polk and Definitive are owned by DEI Holdings.
DiComo spent 25 years with Polk Audio as national sales manager and later as marketing and PR manager before moving to Definitive in 2007 as senior VP of marketing and product development.
Ballard was with Polk for 26 years, most recently as marketing VP.
Minneapolis -- Best Buy is losing two board members, including former interim CEO Mike Mikan.
Mikan, who temporarily succeeded Brian Dunn, had campaigned for the permanent CEO position, but was ultimately passed over in favor of Hubert Joly. He officially left the board Dec. 26 to become president of ESL Investments, the hedge fund run by Sears Holdings’ chairman Eddie Lampert.
The other director, Matthew Paull, is leaving in April.
Newark, Calif. — Logitech International announced Bracken P. Darrell has become CEO of the company.
He succeeds Guerrino De Luca, who remains chairman of the board. The move was previously planned as part of an “executive leadership transition” when Darrell joined the company in April 2012.