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People in the industry High-profile executive Bob Perry has left Mitsubishi Digital Electronics to join LG Electronics as its vice president of sales. Perry, who has served as chairman of the Video Division of the Consumer Electronics Association, is entrusted with leading LG's sales team, accelerating the company's progress in selling premium LG-brand digital video products through high-end retailers, and in continuing momentum for the Zenith digital brand. Hal Compton retired as CEO of CompUSA Inc. Compton joined CompUSA as chief operating officer in August 1994, and has been credited with CompUSA's subsequent mid-90s turnaround. He became CEO in March 2000, following the purchase of CompUSA

China's booming electronics manufacturing base is set to change U.S. business and branding models forever. By Janet Pinkerton and Joe Paone Not since the arrival of Japanese CE products on these shores during the 1960s has such a fundamental change in the industry fabric occurred as the recent ascendancy of Chinese manufacturers and products. For many years numerous retailers have sourced inexpensive Chinese products and offered them as house brands or impulse buys. Now, however, Chinese companies are building brands, perfecting production, ramping up R&D, delivering innovative features, and they are in a position to change the industry as we know it, for good

Has 2003 been an improvement over 2002? What are the biggest technology trends and how is the market dealing with them? What will people want in 2004? These are just some of the questions we face every time we close the book on one year and open it for another. We took those questions to leaders in the consumer electronics industry and offer you their insights. What was your biggest-selling product category? Frank Sadowski, vice president of consumer electronics merchandising, Amazon.com Digital Cameras. The products continue to improve in technology and offer great value to consumers. Marty Goldberg, president, Lenmar In 2003, Lenmar

Dave Arland, Thomson multimedia: "With regard to products—particulary parts, components or finished goods—it may take longer to get there, but the shipping ports are open, the borders are open. We're less concerned about that than just the general economic climate." Dave Workman, Ultimate Electronics: UE merchandisers are working with all of the vendors to make sure product will flow. The crisis "suprisingly had a much smaller effect (on UE sales) than expected." The company canceled some travel plans, but aims for business as usual. "You can't let it stop your life," Workman said. Peter M. Ildau, Recoton: "Being New York City residents

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