Jim Minarik

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

Directed Electronics announced that it has named Tarek Kutrieh its new president, effective the first of the year.

DEI Holdings announced Friday that it has named Kevin Duffy the new president of its Polk Audio and Definitive Technology units. Jim Minarik will remain CEO of both, with Duffy remaining president of DEI Holdings.

Many in the industry know Jim Minarik for his leadership roles at 12-volt companies such as Directed, with its Viper and Clifford brands, as well as Clarion, Precision Power, Orion, and others. But during his career he has also helped to shape other areas of the CE industry, including personal computer peripherals and high-end home audio.

DEI Holdings, parent of the Polk Audio, Definitive Technology and Directed Electronics operating divisions, announced that Jim Minarik has been named chairman of its board of directors while retaining his position as CEO, and that Kevin Duffy has been named as DEI Holdings president.

RadioShack Suffers Gains and Losses In the end, the summer was no vacation for RadioShack, while the company appoints James Gooch as executive vice president and chief financial officer, an executive who’s experience includes management roles in such corporations as Kmart, Sears Holdings, Helene Curtis and The Quaker Oats Company, the company loses COO Claire Babrowski when she announces her departure. Babrowski stepped up to temporarily act as president and CEO, after Dave Edmondson resigned following a controversy over false credentials on his education background months earlier. And later in the month, RadioShack divulges plans to reduce its workforce by anywhere from 400 to

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