Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – David VanderWaal has been promoted to VP of marketing at LG Electronics USA.
VanderWaal will be responsible for overseeing all advertising, consumer research, sponsorships, promotion, shopper insights, and digital marketing initiatives for LG’s home entertainment and home appliance business units in the United States.
VanderWaal’s 25-plus years of industry experience includes spearheading marketing strategies for top brands including Sprint, Hallmark, Maytag, Jenn-Air and Amana in addition to numerous roles within LG Electronics USA.
After joining the company in 2007, VanderWaal led LG’s U.S. in-store marketing initiatives for both the home entertainment and home appliance divisions for five years. Beginning in May 2012, VanderWaal served as the head of brand marketing for LG’s U.S. home appliance division with broadened responsibilities for LG’s U.S. home entertainment division added in early 2014.
The promotion comes on the heels of his induction into the Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) Hall of Fame. POPAI is a global association of more than 1,400 organizations and leading members in the retail marketing industry working to promote the interests of the in-store marketing community.
“Dave has been instrumental in bolstering LG’s U.S. marketing strategies across our core appliance and consumer electronics businesses,” said William Cho, president/CEO, LG Electronics USA. “His new position and his many accolades, including his in-store marketing Hall of Fame, reflect his key role in our company and our industry.”
For its Hall of Fame honors each year, POPAI accepts nominations from members to recognize industry professionals with more than 25 years of experience who have made significant contributions to the in-store marketing community and who observe ethical business practices throughout their careers. VanderWaal was one of four marketing professionals to receive this distinction in 2015.
“We are more than pleased to add Dave to our Hall of Fame this year. He's made great strides for LG and other iconic brands in the highly competitive in-store marketing arena," said BK Allen, POPAI interim president. “He’s the type of leader that any brand would appreciate to work with, and we're grateful for his advocacy and excellence in the in-store marketing industry.”
For his part, VanderWaal said, “To say that I’m honored to be recognized with an industry lifetime achievement award from POPAI would be a complete understatement. As the leading institute providing groundbreaking insight for the marketing industry, POPAI brings together great minds in the retail promotion and advertising field, and I am thrilled that LG’s groundbreaking efforts are being recognized.”
VanderWaal’s induction into the POPAI Hall of Fame follows LG Electronics USA’s 2011 POPAI Chief Award, recognizing effective and innovative use of marketing at retail in an overall marketing strategy, demonstrating a deep understanding of shopper behavior.