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Ken Potashner, SONICblue CEO/chairman, was reportedly fired by the company and replaced on an interim basis as CEO by L. Gregory Ballard, executive VP for marketing and product manager …Shigeharu Tsuchitani, most recently head of corporate planning headquarters of Victor Company of Japan, named chairman/CEO of JVC Americas …Sean Stead, ex- senior marketing manager for Toshiba, joins Samsung Digital Information Technology Division as marketing product manager for storage media products. Alan C. Brawn, ex-head of educational development of MSCi, also joins the division as manager, Pro A/V marketing …Eric Kriegisch named supply chain operations director and Dan Gesshel internet operations director at Kenwood USA …Jean-Jacques L’Henaff named Terk Technologies industrial design VP and Stephen Patti to VP/manufacturing operations …Kathy Campbell is named national parts and service manager for Crosley, replacing Jim Woodrum who has left the company. Campbell was Woodrum’s assistant …Dave Nauber, ex-North American sales & marketing director for Madrigal Audio Labs, joins Classe’ Audio as executive VP of brand development …

Mark Weisenberg, market development VP of Speakercraft, joins the Integra division of Onkyo as national sales manager …Gary Stackpole has been promoted to VP/mobile electronics operations at Tweeter Home Entertainment Group …Brian Carlsness has been named home audio managing director at Rockford, Bill Jackson has been named mobile audio VP for the company while Theresa Hephner has been named Lightning Audio managing director at Rockford …William G. Carson promoted to senior VP of operations with Escient Convergence …Chuck Burgess named national OEM sales VP and Buz Nachlas national ESP sales VP for VAC Service Corp …George Stohrer Jr., ex-Maytag regional sales manager, has joined Eastern Marketing Corp. as sales manager for central and southern N.J., eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware …Robert A. Bender, ex-Pentax Technologies president, named president of Pentax U.S.A. James G. Leffel named sales and marketing director for its photographic and sport optics divisions. Pentax Corp. changed its name to Pentax U.S.A. …Debra Huttenburg has been named VP/business development and program management at antenna maker Channel Master … Lenmar Enterprises president, Marty Goldberg, is stepping up to CEO, while former VP, Kathleen Morgan, has been promoted to president, in charge of daily operations at the rechargeable batteries/battery charger company.