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Shari Ballard, Best Buy’s chief human services officer, has assumed the added role of U.S. retail president, in a return to earlier responsibilities. She succeeds Shawn Score, a 27-year veteran of the chain, who has retired … Gregg Throgmartin, former h.h.gregg executive VP, has joined BikeStreet, a specialty bicycle chain, as CEO, succeeding Pat Patregnani, who remains chairman. h.h.gregg’s board said it will begin a search for a new COO and that other operations officers will pick up Throgmartin’s duties on an interim basis … Marty Singer, a 37-year J&R Music and Computer World veteran who was most recently corporate sales manager, was profiled in the New York Times on April 14 about his last visit to the store (“Saying Farewell to a Business That Turned Into An Identity”). Singer can be contacted at ... Karl Bearnarth, senior marketing VP for the JVC consumer A/V group and a 19-year veteran of the company, has left JVC to pursue other opportunities. Separately, and a day after that announcement, JVC Kenwood said it would merge its two U.S. subsidiaries — JVC Americas and Kenwood USA — into a single subsidiary, effective Oct. 1 … Frank DeMartin, former Mitsubishi, Sharp, Sony exec, has joined Directed Electronics as product development and engineering senior VP … Randy Mora, e-commerce sales manager and senior sales manager at New Age Electronics, promoted to senior sales director. He will handle national accounts, e-commerce and the office superstore and specialty channels and continue to report to sales VP Eric Kirkendall Rob Voorhies, formerly with JVC, has joined Bluetooth speaker supplier Nyne to take on the newly created position of national sales manager to lead its U.S. sales efforts to expand the company’s presence nationwide. Voorhies reports to Nyne president Arman AramiRajiv Mehta has been named senior VP of Samsung Electronics America’s customer service division … Yoruku Adachi, formerly Canon USA president and CEO, has been appointed Canon USA’s new chairman and CEO, and Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon USA imaging and imaging technologies and communications group executive VP and general manager, has been named president and COO … Rick Osterloh, Motorola Mobility’s product management VP, named president/COO ... Fred Bargetzi, technology VP at Crestron and a 25-year company veteran, promoted to chief technology officer … Peter V. Coleman named chief financial officer of Fuhu, manufacturer of the Nabi kid tablet. Coleman, who has held positions at Loyal3 Holdings, Merriam Holdings and ThinkEquity Partners, will report to Fuhu CEO Jim MitchellKathy Thornton-Bias named president of Bang & Olufsen, replacing Zean Nielsen. She was most recently president of retail for the Museum of Modern Art. Nielsen left B&O to join Tesla Motors … Ernie Levenson, operations VP of VTech Communications U.S. telecom products division, named president, replacing Nick Delany, who becomes chairman of VTech USA Holdings … Richard Sargente joins Jabra as North American general manager.


Karl Bearnarth started his CE career at longtime Philadelphia retailer Silo.


Marty Singer was hired by J&R Music and Computer World in 1977 as a store security guard.

In Memoriam

Former Zenith Exec Sidney Arlen, 91

CLEVELAND — Sidney Arlen, who served as president/general manager of Zenith Distributing Corporation of Southern California from 1982 to 1991, died on April 6 in Cleveland.

Cobra Founder Carl Korn, 92

CHICAGO — Carl Korn, Cobra founder and former chairman, died at the age of 92.


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