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Former Whirlpool exec Ralph Hake was elected chairman and CEO of Maytag, succeeding Len Hadley who held the post on an interim basis since the ouster of Lloyd Ward in November. Hake was executive VP and chief financial officer of Fluor Corporation, an engineering and construction firm. Before that, he was senior executive VP and CFO at Whirlpool…Mark E. Lucas, a former senior executive with Duracell and Iomega, has joined Altec Lansing as president/CEO… Joe Pagano, music and movies VP of Best Buy, has been named senior VP of enterprise entertainment of the chain, a new position… Gregory T. Rizzo, ex-national sales and product manager for Audio Plus Services, joins Vidikron as sales & marketing VP… John Brandon, ex- president/CEO of Academic Systems, named Apple's Americas and Asia Pacific VP… William L. Flaherty named executive VP/chief financial officer of Polaroid… Maxell Corporation of America has promoted three executives: Mike Westermeier, consumer products sales director, named VP/consumer products; Rich Gadomski, national marketing manager for data storage products, named marketing director for consumer and data storage products; and Tom Grieco, information systems director, promoted to VP/system operations… Julie Hazard, key accounts manager of Sonance, named U.S. district sales manager. Also at Sonance Susan Chen, former e-commerce sales specialist with Ricoh, joins the company as sales analyst… Ludo Verhoeven named new CEO of Agfa… Buzz Delano, ex-western region sales manager for Sonance, named sales director of the company.

Five-year employment agreements signed by Recoton video and computer game business segment execs Stephen Chu, chairman/CEO of STD Holding; Todd Hays, president/founder of InterAct Accessories; and Patrick Ho, president of STD, are said to reflect Recoton's commitment to expanding its position in the video game accessory market. Recoton also has named Arnold Kezsbom, senior VP/finance, treasurer/CFO since 1999 to its board of directors… Several appointments have been made at AMX. Michael Olinger, sales VP; R. Randal Riebe, strategic planning VP; Lynette Gracey, international sales director; Michael Peveler, training director; and Brian Hertia, director of P3, AMX's Protocol Partner Program… Mark Schutte joins Green-Wissler Sales of Indiana to head its custom home division… Steve Mulnick, ex-national sales manager for Weltronics, joins IntelliNet Controls as western regional sales manager.


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