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Gibson Best, Paul J. Gillis and Donald "Russ" Speaker have all been named regional sales VPs at VAC Service Corp., while Michael Kelly has been named key accounts manager ... Gary Ayers, national accounts manager for Made E-Z Products, a self-help software maker, has been promoted to national sales & marketing manager ... Perry Monych joins Tech Data as president of U.S. operations, a new position ... Ken Appel named marketing VP and Todd Larrabee consumer experience VP with ... Laura Palmer, former Perrier Group exec, named marketing director/direct-to-home of Showtime Networks ... Darren Jackson, former chief financial officer of Nordstrom's full-line store division, joins Best Buy as treasurer and senior VP/finance with responsibility for treasury, budgeting, financial reporting and accounting ... Robert Stoffregen, onetime chief financial officer at The Sharper Image, was named chief financial officer and VP/finance at Good Guys ... Robert Rivet named senior VP/COO, of AMD, replacing Francis Barton ... Robert Levin named VP/product marketing at DigiScents to help bring to market the company's iSmell Personal Scent Synthesizer ... Gigi Healy joins Ultimate Electronics as human resources VP. She comes from Gart Sports, a Denver-based sporting goods retailer where she held the same post ... Mark Baker moves to executive VP/chief merchandising officer from executive VP/chief operating officer at The Home Depot ... James Bengier, Brian Curran and Harold Knutson join in new VP roles. Bengier, formerly with Stage Stores Inc., will honcho fulfillment; Curran, previously VP/direct sales at CompUSA, will handle customer care; and Knutson, a systems VP for Fingerhut, is chief information officer ... Reinhard Metzger has tendered his resignation as president and CEO of BSH Home Appliances effective Oct. 20. Executive committee chairman Fred Hohage will assume Metzger's sales and marketing duties until a successor is found.


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