Carl Yankowski

Ambient CEO Carl Yankowski recently left the manufacturer after two years at the helm, the Boston Globe reported Saturday.

Every year Dealerscope has the pleasure of honoring the most influential leaders in consumer technology with the Dealerscope Hall of Fame Awards. The inductees are selected by the magazine staff after consulting with various members of the industry. This year, Dealerscope honors five individuals from the retailing and manufacturing parts of the industry. These inductees represent the best and brightest talent in the consumer electronics world. They have singled themselves out through their vision, leadership and accomplishments, and have helped shape the industry for the better. In the pages that follow we profile this year’s inductees and allow them to share their experiences and

John Froman was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of Circuit City. He most recently held the title of executive vice president of merchandising. Froman joined Circuit City in 1986. Also at Circuit City, Kim D. Maguire was named executive vice president of merchandising. He succeeds John Froman, who was promoted to executive vice president and COO. Maguire formerly was senior vice president, hardlines, for Target Stores. He brings to Circuit City more than 20 years experience with Target to his new position. At Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Rick Johnson was hired as national director of construction. Johnson joins the company with

Dealerscope is proud to announce new inductees into its Hall of Fame, who will be honored at the 1999 International CES: Dr. Sidney Harman of Harman International, Anne Howard of Sharp Electronics Corp., Noel Lee of Monster Cable Products and Donald Patrican of Maxell Corp. of America. We congratulate this year's inductees on their individual contributions to the consumer electronics industry. Past Hall of Fame Inductees Winter CES 1992 Robert Borchart, Recoton Harry Elias, JVC Richard Kraft, Matushita Electric Corp. of America Harold 'Hal' Schafer, Frigidaire Winter CES 1993 Minoru Arakawa, Nintendo John McDonald, Casio Jack Weyman, EIA Winter CES 1994 Henry Brief, ITA

He was behind the Pepsi Challenge, helped GE bring good things to light and has led Sony Electronics to become a $10 billion a year business. It was hardly the career Carl Yankowski imagined as a young systems analyst at Proctor and Gamble, but one of such enduring merit to earn him a place in the Dealerscope Hall of Fame. Currently, Sony Electronics president and COO, Yankowski has worked his way up through various marketing and management positions at Pepsi, Polaroid, GE, Memorex, Cadbury/ Schweppes and Proctor & Gamble. "It was quite a trip," he said. "But it took a great deal of luck."

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