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Linear said Wednesday that Duane Paulson has joined the company as senior vice president of product & market development. Paulson, a former president of Gibson Audio and CEA board member, will report to Linear President Mike O’Neal.

Linear LLC said this week that it has named Michael O'Neal its new president, with previous president Dan Stottlemyre becoming Vice Chairman of the Linear Group.

Micro Innovations Corp. has announced that it has named Michael O’Neal as its new president and CEO, effective Tuesday. A 30-year industry veteran, O’Neal comes to the computer accessories distributor from Alco Consumer Products, where he was also president and CEO. The 52-year-old O’Neal is a member of the CEA’s Board of Industry Leaders, and has also worked for Team Products International, Philips Accessories North America and Gemini Industries. ““Mike has an extensive background not only in electronics and computer accessories, but also in licensing,” Micro Innovations board principal Jerry Pasternak said in a statement announcing the hire. “His successful brand portfolio

While aligning the assets of two companies we recently acquired, we have begun to assess the value of their brands. Brands are a key competitive asset; perhaps even the ultimate asset in helping withstand the threat of low-cost imitators of our products. Now I need to determine whether to license more brands or try to compete with non-brands and private labels. This has forced me to rethink our strategy of using and licensing brands. Back when I led Gemini Industries, we used name brands to help differentiate an otherwise simple commodity from our competitors. Additionally, our largest customers were those that valued brands as

In early October we sold our business and then bought the assets of two consumer products companies to form a new company, Alco Consumer Products, that will provide retailers with the best of the products offered by each company. Through the process of combining these companies, I learned lessons that will help us be successful in the coming years. The most serious challenge was the lack of structure in organizing product assortments. I asked some of our product managers how they saw the market and the products we make, and their answers were not clear. Did we offer a good, better and

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