Eddy Hartenstein, DirecTv pres., promoted at parent Hughes Electronics from sr. VP to sr. exec VP of the new Hughes Consumer Center, which includes DirecTv, DirecTv Japan, Galaxy Latin American, and the consumer marketing of DirecPC and Spaceway, an upcoming two-way interactive service. Jack Shaw advances to sr. exec VP, Hughes Enterprise Systems. Pradman Kaul advances to chmn./CEO of Hughes Network Systems, replacing Shaw. Earl Dozier promoted at Techcraft to sales & mktg. VP. Drew Pragliola, Zenith field sales VP, and national sales VP Frank Ciangi have taken on the responsibilities of Bill Sims, who leaves post as Zenith Sales pres. at month's end to join Internet start-up Live-Manuals.com. Named VPs: Len Coakley, accessories, and Ron Snaidauf, commercial products. Bob Law, Kenwood mobile electronics sales & mktg. VP, adds responsibility for home electronics. Mike Roberts promoted to national sales mgr., mobile electronics; Jeff Runyon, ex-Good Guys and Ovation Audio, joins as Midwest region mgr., succeeding Roberts. Other appointments: Arleen Yamayoshi, Internet mktg. mgr.; Petro Shimonishi, mktg. strategy mgr.; Sally House, ad & promotions mgr. Mike Fasulo promoted at Sony Media Solutions from sr. gen. mgr. to pres., succeeding Martin Homlish, who joins business software marketer SAP America as VP/chief mktg. officer. John Harris, ex-Uniden, onetime Mitsubishi, named pres./CEO at RangeStar Wireless. Fredrick Wohlschlaeger, ex-Hartmarx, joins Maytag as sr. VP/gen. counsel & secretary.
Lee Scott promoted at Wal-Mart from vice chmn./COO, to pres./CEO, succeeding David Glass, who continues as exec committee chmn. Fred Snyder, ex-Discovery Channel, onetime Circuit City, joins Bradlees as sr. VP, logistics. Jeffrey Conway promoted at Rent-Way CFO to pres./COO; William McDonnell joins as CFO, replacing Conway. Joseph Vassalluzzo, Staples Realty & Development pres., adds post as corp. vice chmn Robert Falcone, ex-Nike, joins 800.com as sr. VP/CFO. Mark Belzowski promoted at Universal Electronics from controller to CFO. Bradford Loucks named sales VP at Acclaim Entertainment. Lyn Perry, Willshire TV, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Mihir Mody, Home Theater Store, Houston, named to board of Home Theater Specialists of America. Bruce Allan, Harris Corp., elected IRMA chmn. Charles Van Horn advances from exec VP to president.