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Paul Lachner

, executive sales VP of Clarion Corp. of America (CCA), named president, succeeding

Tom Hayashi

, who retired. Hayashi has been president since April 2010 and has been with Clarion for more than 37 years …

Leon Temiz

, president/ CEO of Electronics Expo, has joined the board of the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group), effective April 1 …

Kunimasa Suzuki

has been named president/CEO of Sony Mobile Communications, replacing

Bert Nordberg

, who becomes chairman. The appointments are effective May 16. Suzuki is also Sony corporate executive officer and executive VP …

Fred Zecha

, accessories division GM for JVC Americas, named to the newly created position of consumer A/V group business development, special markets director.

Joe Palmieri

, who has been named A/V accessory division national manager, will replace him. He had been marketing manager, digital imaging, East Coast region …

Mark Robinson

, exmanufacturing director of Stewart Filmscreen, has been promoted to the newly created position of technology VP at Stewart Filmscreen. He has been with Stewart since 1985 … AVAD has named

Jon Zabel

sales director and

Hugh Hughes

to merchandising director, two newly created positions. Zabel, who was senior merchandise manager for video, accessories and security, and Hughes, who was senior merchandise manager for commercial, custom and audio products, have nearly two decades of combined experience at AVAD …

Bob Bonefant

, executive director of Soul Electronics, is leaving the company.

Nanci Berman

has been promoted to sales VP, and Sarah Westbrook has been promoted to marketing VP ….

Jim O’Neill

retired as OEM and aftermarket sales and marketing executive VP at Alpine Electronics of America, and as president of Alpine Electronics of Canada. He will continue to support the company as an advisor and consultant, Alpine said.

Steve Crawford

, VP and general manager of Alpine’s aftermarket business unit, takes on the additional duty of president for Alpine Electronics of Canada ...

Matthew Hegt

, longtime CE exec most recently with D&M Holdings, joins AudioQuest as regional sales manager for the northeastern U.S. He will work closely with AudioQuest’s New York metro rep group, Thea Integrated, and will also manage AudioQuest’s distributors in Canada and Latin America …

Kunal Thakkar


as operations VP. He will be responsible for overseeing all logistics and transportation functions, including managing the company’s warehouse operations and transportation service providers.


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