McDonald, of Casio and CEA, Dies
John McDonald, a Consumer Electronics Hall of Famer who was chairman of a group that was a forerunner of the Consumer Electronics Association, died Thursday after suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
McDonald, who began his career in the industry in the early 1970s, spent many years with Casio, becoming president of Casio Electronics U.S. in 1978. In 1986, he was elected chairman of CEA's predecessor, the Consumer Electronics Group, and later spent several years on the CEA Executive Board. McDonald retired from Casio in 1999.
“John was a strong leader. He was caring, honest, funny and smart," CEA's President/CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement on McDonald's passing. "He taught me about selling and the importance of relationships. I can still hear him saying, ‘A.B.C. – Always Be Closing.'"