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DEI Holdings announced multiple executive changes. DEI president/ CEO

Jim Minarik

becomes DEI chairman/CEO.



, DEI chief financial officer and Directed Electronics president, becomes DEI president/chief financial officer. Directed Electronics marketing executive VP

Mike Simmons

becomes president of Directed Electronics’ newly merged U.S. and Canadian business units, and Directed Canada president

Julien Joly

becomes COO of the merged units. In other management changes,

Veysel Goker

has been promoted to DEI Holdings VP of finance and information technology.



has been hired as DEI Holdings corporate controller and treasurer.

James Turner

has been promoted to the position of product management VP for Directed Electronics. And Directed Electronics senior sales VP

Glen Busse

becomes senior sales VP for Directed’s merged U.S. and Canadian units …. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced the election of its 2012 executive board. Newly elected CEA executive board members include

Jim Bazet

, chairman and CEO, Cobra Electronics;

Robert Fields

, sales and marketing VP, Aridian Technologies;

Phil Molyneux

, president and COO, Sony Electronics;

George Stepancich

, CEO, Invisionate; and

Mike Vitelli

, president, Americas and executive VP, enterprise, Best Buy.

Randy Fry

, president, Fry’s Electronics, and

Jay McLellan

, president and CEO, Home Automation (HAI), will continue to serve as board chair and vice chair respectively ….

Steve Eastman

has stepped down as president of

to pursue other opportunities. He previously headed the discounter’s CE, books and music business …

Bob Picunko

has been appointed chief marketing officer of Turtle Beach …

Greg Beebe

has been named president of Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, and

Markus Warlitz

has been appointed general manager of Sennheiser Latin America …

Bill Bazemore

, furniture merchant, has been promoted from executive director to VP of the Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) … Tom Campbell, technology strategist and owner of

Tom Campbell

Enterprises, has been named senior technology advisor and officer of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Campbell has held similar roles at every Republican National Convention since the 1990s and will begin meeting with CE manufacturers to gauge their interest in participating with their technology and expertise at the 2012 event, he said.


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