Torrance, Calif. - Alpine Electronics of America announced that Jim O'Neill is retiring as OEM and aftermarket sales and marketing executive VP, and as president of Alpine Electronics of Canada.
O'Neill's last day in the office will be March 30, after which he will support the company as an advisor and consultant, Alpine said. Steve Crawford, VP and general manager of Alpine's aftermarket business unit, will take on the additional duty of president for Alpine Electronics of Canada.
O'Neill, who has been with Alpine for 40 years, joined the local Motorola office in 1968 as part of the product planning division. He transferred to Alps-Motorola in 1972, the newly formed joint venture between Alpine Electronics and Motorola. In 1978, Alpine Electronics of America was established as a separate company, and O'Neill moved west to join Alpine in 1980, serving as an OEM sales manager.
"Jim O'Neill has had a major influence on Alpine's entire business structure," said Kazunobu Watanabe, president, Alpine Electronics of America. "His wisdom and business acumen shaped the foundation of our OEM division, which remains a key part of our company. We greatly appreciate his many years of dedication and service to Alpine."