San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Mountain View, Calif. — Best Buy’s digital chief Stephen Gillett has left the retailer to join Symantec as COO.
Gillett, the former chief information officer for Starbucks, joined Best Buy in March as digital and global business services president, with responsibility for e-commerce and digital strategies. His appointment, under former CEO Brian Dunn, was designed to boost Best Buy’s multichannel capabilities amid growing competition from Amazon.com and other online-only retailers.
Fort Worth, Texas – RadioShack has recruited senior execs from Target and Sam’s Club to head store operations and marketing.
Troy Risch, formerly stores executive VP at Target, will oversee store operations and real estate for RadioShack as operations executive VP, and Huey Long, previously global officer, senior VP and general merchandise manager at Sam’s Club, will head marketing, business development and omnichannel as strategy and consumer insights executive VP.
Both report to interim CEO Dorvin Lively.
New York — The SiriusXM board appointed Jim Meyer, SiriusXM's sales and operations president, as interim CEO to replace Mel Karmazin, who is leaving sooner than expected.
Previously, Karmazin had said he would step down as SiriusXM CEO and relinquish his board seat on Feb. 1 after his employment contract expires. His announcement followed plans by Liberty Media to take control of SiriusXM.
Karmazin also resigned as a member of the SiriusXM board, and Meyer joined the board.
Framingham, Mass. – Staples’ president/COO Michael Miles Jr. is leaving after 10 years with the No. 1 office supply chain for a position with investment firm Berkshire Partners.
No successor was named.
In announcing Miles’ resignation, effective Feb. 2, Staples chairman/CEO Ron Sargent thanked him for his leadership and service. “Mike brought new energy to our brand, drove growth in our services business, and restructured and integrated our international operations. We wish him all the best.”
Schaffhausen, Switzerland—Clifton Pemble has been named president/CEO of Garmin by its board, effective Jan. 1.
Pemble has been president/COO since October 2007.
As part of the change, Garmin co-founder Dr. Min Kao relinquishes his CEO position but remains chairman. He also assumes the role of executive chairman, providing ongoing support to the company’s strategic planning and business development processes, the company said.
Pemble joined Garmin in 1989 as one of the company’s first engineers.
Old Lyme, Conn. — Sennheiser today promoted two key executives within its U.S. organization.
Keith Kranepool has been named sales and product marketing VP, consumer, replacing Bill Whearty who held the position since 2006. Whearty has been tapped to lead Sennheiser's fastest growing channel — telecommunications — and has been named sales and marketing VP, telecommunications.
Edmond, Okla. – Petra Industries has named Jorge Grijalva as district manager of its Car Audio division for Texas.
Petra, a distributor of CE, custom installation products, wireless accessories, mobile audio/video accessories and appliance connection supplies, appointed Grijalva based on his extensive 10-year plus background in sales and business management, including four as a car audio multi-retail business owner, the distributor said.
Cypress, Calif. – Allen Gharapetian has joined Clarion as marketing VP.
Gharapetian brings more than 20 years of marketing and product management experience to Clarion, having previously held positions at SRS Labs, Memorex Products and Yamaha.
At Clarion, he will be in charge of OEM and retail marketing and product planning, retail and commercial vehicle product planning, and connected products and services planning.
He reports to Clarion Corporation of America president Paul Lachner.
Washington — The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) elected four new directors, the organization said Wednesday.
The new board members to the organization — which selected the digital TV broadcast system and is at work on future enhancements — include Ira Goldstone, Univision; Richard Friedel, Fox; Sam Matheny, Capitol Broadcasting/WRAL; and Glenn Reitmeier, NBC Universal.
All four will serve three-year terms at the ATSC beginning in January.