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Eagan, Minn. – Mike Finch has joined Capitol, distribution source for residential systems contractors, retailers, PRO AV contractors, and premium incentive resellers, as a technical sales and design representative.
Finch will work directly with Capitol customers, on the selection and installation of high-end electronics.
Curt Hayes, Capitol president / CFO, said, “His sales and installation expertise will be of tremendous value to Capitol’s customers, as will his extensive knowledge of some of the leading brands in the business.”
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.
North Reading, Mass. – Bowers & Wilkins executive Greg Williams, 63, passed away at home on Sunday, July 14.
He was the company’s director of business development – new media.
Williams joined the home audio company in 2000 as an account executive in the Rocky Mountain territories and later relocated to Boston “where he successfully managed a wide range of brand and channel management responsibilities,” said chairman Joe Atkins.
Palo Alto, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard has named three newcomers, all former CEOs, to its board.
The three are Jim Skinner, former CEO of McDonalds; Raymond Ozzie, formerly Microsoft’s chief software architect; and Robert Bennett, former president and CEO of Liberty Media.
The additions, which take effect immediately, increase HP’s board to 12 members.
Framingham, Mass. — Dr. Amar Gopal Bose, audio industry pioneer and founder of Bose Corp., passed away at age 83.
Dr. Bose, who was company chairman, founded his namesake company in 1964 when he was a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Morges, Switzerland — Logitech International's board of directors will ask shareholders to approve the election of Bracken Darrell, Logitech president and CEO, to the board.
The election will take place at Logitech’s annual general meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Sept. 4.
Toronto — Kobo, the supplier of e-books and e-readers, hired former LG Electronics marketing VP Colin Bettam as chief marketing officer.
Bettam, who reports to CEO Mike Serbinis, will be responsible for building and expanding the Kobo brand internationally through marketing, advertising, marketing communications, public relations, events and sponsorships.
New York – Barnes & Noble has eliminated its top CEO slot and created a new one for its Nook Media division.
Ousted was William Lynch, who formally resigned late yesterday as chief executive and from the bookseller’s board.
Filling the new Nook CEO post is former chief financial officer Michael Huseby, who was succeeded by VP and corporate controller Allen Lindstrom.
Minneapolis — Douglas Dayton, who conceived and led the Target discount store chain in the 1960s, succumbed to cancer on Friday at the age of 88.
Dayton, whose family ran an eponymous Midwest department store chain, developed Target in 1962 to compete within the nascent discount-store channel alongside format forerunners Kmart and Walmart.
He served as president of Target until 1968, when he returned to Dayton to oversee the acquisition and integration of the J.L. Hudson Co., a 21-store Michigan chain.
Long Beach, Calif. — Kenwood Electronics co-founder William Kasuga died July 5. He was 98.
Kasuga, known throughout the industry as Bill, was a member of the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame and was honored by the Consumer Electronics Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He had stepped down as chairman of Kenwood USA in 1995.
Canton, Mass. — William Reagan, founder of LoJack and inventor of the world’s first commercially available consumer-targeted stolen-vehicle location and recovery system, passed away July 1 at the age of 78.
Reagan patented the LoJack system in 1979 and in 1986 launched it in Massachusetts. The system used a hidden car-mounted transponder and a tracking device operating on a dedicated tracking frequency set aside by the Federal Communications Commission. The tracking device is installed in police cars to track down and recover stolen transponder-equipped cars.