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
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.”