Chupka To Manage International CES For CEA

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Consumer Electronics Association has realigned its management naming Karen Chupka events and conferences VP, taking on the responsibilities of CES VP Robbi Lycett, who is leaving the organization.

In a prepared statement, CEA said Chupka will continue with her responsibilities as business and industry development VP. Lycett will continue to work with CEA on CES 2001 by serving as a consultant. She will focus on key strategic issues, particularly those involving the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Chupka has held several positions within CEA and CES involving registration, marketing and show management. After a brief stint with the Gartner Group, which owns RetailVision, she returned to CEA last year.

In addition, Michael Petricone has been named technology policy VP and Evan Shubin has been named CES sales and marketing VP.

Petricone, who previously served as technology policy director, will oversee all CEA's public policy efforts as well as help guide the activities of CEA's Technology and Standards Department. CEA VP, technology and standards, Ralph Justus, will continue to have day-to-day responsibility for a broad range of technical programs associated with CEA standards. Gary Klein, CEA VP, government and legal affairs, will take on additional general counsel responsibilities.

Shubin, who was previously CES marketing director, will have direct oversight for all marketing and sales efforts for CES, combining two previous separate departments.

Also CEA is combining its communications and non-trade show marketing functions into one operation, with continued development of the association's Internet presence.

Jeff Joseph, communications and strategic relationships VP, will concentrate on combining these efforts. CEA marketing VP Margaret Core will continue to handle day-to-day operations for CEA marketing programs, specifically focusing on promoting CEA's market research products.

Glyn Finley, member relations VP, will take responsibility for the association's technical education and services department as Don Hatton, VP technical education and services, will be retiring later this year.

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