By Lisa Johnston
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Arlington, Va. – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reported that Bob Borchardt, former CEA chairman and Recoton Corporation president/CEO, died today at 75.
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.
Newark, Calif. — Logitech International has hired Vincent Pilette as its new chief financial officer.
Pilette, who reports directly to Logitech president/CEO Bracken Darrell, was previously CFO of Electronics for Imaging. Prior to that Pilette spent 14 years at Hewlett-Packard, holding a variety of finance positions finance VP for HP’s multibillion dollar server, storage and networking business.
Logitech's previous CFO, Erik Bardman, left the company in April to join Roku as its CFO.
Mahwah, N.J. — Longtime industry veteran Jodi Sally has joined Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA) as the company’s new home entertainment products marketing director.
Sally was most recently marketing VP at Coby, and previously held senior marketing roles at Toshiba and Panasonic.
At Sharp Sally will oversee the product-based marketing of Sharp’s consumer home entertainment portfolio. She will report to Jim Sanduski, SEMCA strategic product marketing VP.
Long Beach, Calif. – Chad Vogelsong, a 17-year JVC veteran, is leaving as marketing GM of JVC’s car entertainment division.
Vogelsong, whose last day is Sept. 6, said he plans to get involved in a new endeavor that he didn’t disclose.
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced that he would step down within the next 12 months.
Ballmer, who took over as CEO for Microsoft founder Bill Gates in 2000, did not give an exact reason for his decision.
“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said.
Microsoft’s board of directors has appointed a committee to find a replacement; Gates will participate in the search, the company said.
Medford, N.Y. – Intercounty Appliance, a member of the NECO Alliance buying organization, has named Electrolux veteran John Graff as merchandising and advertising director.
Graff, formerly an Electrolux general manager for the independent dealer channel, will be responsible for developing merchandising plans to increase volume from existing vendors, and will help develop policies and procedures to improve Intercounty’s operational efficiency.
San Diego – Soundcast Systems expanded its global sales team with the appointment of LVZ International and owner Linda van Zanten to handle sales of the company’s wireless speakers outside the U.S. and Europe.
Although Soundcast has distributors in countries outside Europe, it hasn’t had an international sales firm directing these distributors or heading up new business development outside Europe, a spokesperson said.
Long Beach, Calif. – Larry Rougas has left Pioneer’s car electronics division as the senior VP of marketing and product planning to move to the east coast to take a position with Nikon.
The 18-year Pioneer veteran started with Pioneer in 1995 as a product specialist in Long Island, N.Y., where he will relocate for his position at Nikon.
“At this time, a replacement for his position at Pioneer has not yet been determined,” a spokesman said.
New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry division is honoring Denise Morales, David Bilas, Mitch Paull and Peter Weedfald at its annual dinner on Nov. 9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, here.