David VanderWaal promoted to marketing VP at LG Electronics USA, responsible for overseeing all advertising, consumer research, sponsorships, promotion, shopper insights and digital marketing initiatives for LG’s home entertainment and home appliance business units in the U.S. VanderWaal’s promotion comes on the heels of his induction into the Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) Hall of Fame. Also at LG, John Riddle promoted to senior VP of sales for home appliances. He was previously VP of regional home appliance sales … Mark Viken named VP of brand and product marketing for all of the consumer categories at of Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America, reporting to president Jim Sanduski. Viken is taking over product-marketing responsibilities held by Sanduski before he was promoted to president in early January ... Stephanie Keough promoted to senior buyer at Philadelphia-area A/V specialty dealer and custom integrator World Wide Stereo … Scott Kling promoted to CEO of MPowerd. He was named COO at the end of 2013 and in May 2014 was promoted to president. In addition to Kling’s promotion, MPowerd’s board appointed Valarie Gelb as chairman of the board and appointed two new directors, Mark Sperry and Michael Pecoraro … Jim Loden named director of business development at Petra Industries. He was previously at RadioShack where he was responsible for sales, marketing and distribution strategy for sales growth in more than 800 franchise stores ... Sean Reid and Jeff Runyon join Escort as sales managers. Reid was previously national sales manager at AudioControl. Runyon was previously with Kenwood and Delphi … Karin Piscitelli joins Jabra as marketing director, charged with overseeing all marketing activities in North America … Joseph Grado, founder of Grado Labs, passed away Feb. 6 at the age of 90. Grado founded his namesake company in 1953, which he helmed until handing over to his nephew in 1990 ... John “Jack” McIlhenny passed away on Jan. 31, two months shy of his 90th birthday. McIlhenny had a 40-plus-year career in the industry, starting in retail at Gimbels, and moving on to sales positions with Philco, Whirlpool, RCA/Thomson, Raymond Rosen and D&H Distributing.