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Mike Linton, executive VP/chief marketing officer of Best Buy, who has been with the company since 1999, has left the company for personal reasons, according to the chain. Barry Judge, senior VP of consumer brand marketing, has taken over his duties on an interim basis... DBL Distributing has hired two CE industry veterans, Henry Chiarelli and Steve Bell.Henry Chiarelli has been named senior VP of merchandising and marketing and Steve Bell as purchasing VP. Chiarelli, a 35-year industry veteran, served in various executive positions with CompUSA and the old Tandy Corporation such as, Computer City, Incredible Universe, Mc Duff Electronics, VideoConcepts, and Scott Appliance. Most recently he was president of Gibson Audio, a subsidiary of Gibson Guitar. Bell, a 40-year industry veteran, has held management positions in purchasing and marketing with well-known consumer electronics entities, among them Wall to Wall Sound and Video, J&R Music World, and most recently Electronics Expo... Bill Jackson, Rockford sales and marketing VP becomes president while Michael Chass, automotive OEM VP for D&M Holding, replaces Jackson. Gary Suttle, formerly president/CEO remains CEO at Rockford... Michael Petricone, technology policy VP and a ten-year veteran with the Consumer Electronics Association, named senior VP/government affairs... Patrick Kilroy, ex-LG Electronics, Zenith and ACCO Brands, joins Shure as global marketing VP... Mike McMaster, COO/CFO of Wilshire Home Entertainment, has joined the board of Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA), filling a seat held by former member Harvey Electronics… Peter Greene, president of NPD Group's Home Industry sector, named VP/general manager of NPD's Consumer Technology sector. Replacing him is Peter Goldman, who was VP of the company's Financial Services unit. Tim Bush, business development VP, has been named group president of NPD's DisplaySearch operation, a newly-created position. He will work closely with Ross Young, who will remain president of DisplaySearch's analyst business. Young will be responsible for the unit's analyst business as well as all report and content produced by DisplaySearch.... Joseph F. Roxstrom, formerly of the Sentry Group, joins Bush Industries as executive VP of sales and marketing... Steve Sorvello, ex-CFO of Ask Jeeves, takes the same role over at TiVo... Andy Lewis, product manager for Russound, named senior product manager... Brian Torres, ex-American Products Company, named business development VP at TMI Products... Mary Cardas, ex-Cardas Audio, Theta Digital and Sunfire, joins NHT as North American sales manager... Leon Barbachano, CEO of Allen & Peterson Cooking & Appliance Center, has been named chairman of the North American Retailers Dealers Association (NARDA) for 2006/2007. Other members named to the board are: past chairman, Michael Fishcher (Nielsen's, Spencer, Iowa); first vice-chairman, Timothy Seavey (Seavey's Furniture & Appliance, Windham, Maine); second vice-chairman, David Pia (Associated Appliance & Service Company, Stamford, Conn.); secretary, Michael Grimes(GH Home Furnishings, Charleston, Mo.); and treasurer, Robert Cremer (Aronson Home Gallery, Chicago).


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