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David Thornhill named president/CEO of Escort, where he will oversee “an aggressive strategic business plan” to maintain Escort’s domestic market dominance and expand its international presence. Thornhill, who hails from Igloo Products, “will oversee all operations and activities” and will collaborate on the business plan with Monomoy Capital Partners, a New York City-based private-equity investment firm that acquired Escort last October … Brian Cornell named CEO of Target and chairman of its board of directors. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods; he was president and CEO of Sam’s Club prior to that … Harman International made some key personnel moves, promoting Dave Rogers to the newly created position of VP/general manager of global markets for home and multimedia. Lyle Smith steps into Rogers’ previous position as VP/general manager of the Americas region for home and multimedia. Smith had been the America’s region director of sales and key accounts … Haier America added three new executives to its whitegoods management team. Ex-Mitsubishi manager Gina Copeland was named air quality senior VP, GE vet Paul Riley was tapped to oversee majap sales and marketing, and longtime Whirlpool exec Sanjay Gupta will head product platform development. Copeland will lead Haier’s home comfort business in the Americas, while Riley is tasked with creating and executing Haier’s go-to-market strategy for all majap categories. Gupta will be responsible for developing product roadmaps and a strategic plan for all appliance categories … William E. Saunders, Jr. has been appointed to Conn’s board of directors. Saunders, who has served as CEO of Community Choice Financial since June 2008, will also become a member of the audit committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee … Harman teamed up with concert pianist Lang Lang to launch a global marketing and brand awareness programs for the company’s consumer and professional audio products in the coming months. Lang joins other celebrities serving as brand ambassadors for the company, including Maroon 5, Linkin Park and Quincy Jones … Sean Hynes named sales VP of VTech, where he will oversee the company’s sales operations from its U.S. headquarters in Chicago … Kevin O’Leary, a.k.a. Mr. Wonderful from the TV show “Shark Tank,” will keynote TigerDirect’s Innovation: IT Conference and Expo presented by Lenovo, a B-to-B symposium to be held during the retailer’s Tech Bash on Nov. 7 in Miami.


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