Industry People on the Move All that JVC Jazz: From left, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; JVC Company of America's Executive Vice President/COO Harry Elias; JVC Americas' President/CEO Katsuhiko Hattori; and Festival Productions President/CEO George Wien celebrate at the JVC Jazz Festival reception, held June 17, 2002, at Gracie Mansion. Ultimate Electronics has a newly appointed senior buyer; Greg Hughes now oversees display technology decisions regarding the company's flat panel and direct view televisions. Hughes comes to Ultimate Electronics after serving as general manager/director of merchandising for SatisFusion recently brought Stephen Posner on board as its vice president of sales.

At Kmart Corporation, amid its reorganization: James B. Adamson, chairman of the board of directors, is now CEO; Julian C. Day, former executive VP and COO of Sears, Roebuck and Co., is Kmart president and CEO; Albert A. Koch, chairman of Jay Alix & Associates, is CFO; Ted Stenger, a principal of Jay Alix & Associates, is treasurer; Janet G. Kelley was promoted to executive VP, general counsel. She previously was senior VP, general counsel; James E. Defebaugh is now senior VP, chief compliance officer and secretary. He formerly was VP, associate general counsel and secretary. Lori A. McTavish was promoted from VP, communications,

Dealerscope advisors on the DTV transition, new 12V dynamics, industry profitability and how to profit from the process Edited by Janet Pinkerton LAS VEGAS, Nev.—On the third day of the 2002 International CES, a group of Dealerscope's Editorial Advisory Board members took 90 minutes out of their CES schedules to meet over breakfast. This first time the advisors met, a wide-ranging discussion ensued. The challenges of managing change remained the common thread to the conversation. Many voiced optimism for the business year ahead and praise for the 2002 CES. "The inventory situation this year is probably the healthiest it's been in a

Dealerscope advisors explain what their economic bellwethers are saying By David Dritsas The year 2001 will go down in history as one of our nation's most challenging years, both politically and economically. The National Bureau of Economic Research recently declared that the U.S. is in a recession that effectively began in March. Even so, the holiday shopping season started strong and Dealerscope's Editorial Advisory Board maintains a cautious but positive outlook. Some look at traditional larger scale economic indicators. "I use basically two things," said Steve Witt, VP of brand marketing & communications, Alpine Electronics of America, "looking at the overall output, using GDP

Next month, Hewlett Packard and Thomson will begin shipping 18, co-branded computer accessory SKUs into the retail channel in a joint bid for a share in the multi-billion dollar computer accessory market. Designed using HP's trademark Arctic Gray, the HP/RCA computer accessory line will feature an HP/RCA-branded wireless modem jack, good-better-best surge protectors (including a Smart Plate wall socket model), USB switches and hubs, connecting cables, computer mice and the SystemLink powerline networking system (featured in Pipeline, Page 6). The HP/RCA marketing/distribution alliance, in development for slightly less than a year, allows Thomson's accessory division to leverage HP's branding and distribution relationships in the

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