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Whirlpool'a chairman/CEO David Whitwam will retire June 30 after 17 years in that role. He will be succeeded on July 1 by president/chief operating officer Jeff Fettig, a 23-year company veteran... Ron Stone, former Pioneer Electronics Customer Support Division president, appointed as a DTS director… Best Buy has promoted VP/strategy Kal Patel to senior VP/strategy and international, reporting directly to CEO Brad Anderson… Moxell Technology hired the following executives to prepare for the launch of its Motorola consumer electronics brand: Mike Carlantone becomes marketing communications associate director, Stephan DeClerq becomes peripherial devices associate director, Randy Irvine becomes digital video devices product manager, Jean-Charles Paget becomes compliance management director and Gaven Wang becomes flat-panel displays product manager…Mitch Witten returns to Sonance as sales and marketing VP, having been marketing and product planning VP from 2000 to 2002…. Warren Chaiken has been promoted from senior VP to president/CEO of Almo Corp., the independent appliance and electronics distributor…Chuck Kenney named Audiovox Electronics' regional sales manager for the Southwest district…Michael Nilsson named SimpleTech's OEM sales VP... John W. Rauvola, ex-Case Logic VP, appointed GPX's sales, marketing and product development executive VP… Los Angeles-based La Curacao, a department store that features both major appliances and electronics, appointed Herbert Becker to the newly created position of merchandising director…Judy Bruner, former Palm Inc. chief financial officer, named SanDisk's executive VP/ administration and chief financial officer… Solar power battery maker ICP Solar Technologies appointed Robert Young VP/marketing and business development…Dean Striler joins ventilation hood vendor Zephyr as distributor sales director…Bruce A. Henderson named CEO at blank data-storage-media maker Imation, succeeding Bill Monahan, who previously had announced his intention to retire this year.


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