By Wares April 14, 2016 Industry news

Who's moving and shaking at Appnet, BDT, Electrolux, Parrot, Samsung, Sotheby's and, yes, Mitre 10...?

Fe Cabrera, a much loved member of the Appnet team over the last eight years, is leaving, and Catherine Stevens, who worked for Appnet looking after the website for a few years, is returning to take Fe’s role. Catherine brings with her a good understanding of the Appnet business, and is settling in well to being back in the team. In our photo, Fe is on the left and Catherine on the right.

Greg Dennerly, formerly of Autex and Noel Leeming Lifestyle Appliances, has been spotted purveying classy homes at Sotheby’s International Real Estate.

Electrolux head office has a pair of high fliers to talk about this month:

Anna Ohlsson-Leijon (left), currently CFO of the business area Major Appliances Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), as new Chief Financial Officer of AB Electrolux. Ohlsson-Leijon succeeds Tomas Eliasson, who is leaving the company to pursue an external opportunity.

Electrolux has also appointed Ola Nilsson (right), currently head of the laundry product line within Major Appliances EMEA, as new head of Small Appliances and Executive Vice President of AB Electrolux. Nilsson succeeds Henrik Bergström, who will work on special assignment reporting to the CEO. They will both be members of Group Management, reporting to the President and CEO, Jonas Samuelson.

Darryl Rochester has been appointed Managing Director at Black Diamond Technologies (BDT), effective 1 April, replacing current MD, company founder, Ron Woodrow, who will resume his previous role as Chairman. Armed with 30+ years in the business, and having held a number of senior management roles at BDT since joining the company 17 years ago as GM, Rochester say he is ready to build upon the decades of experience that BDT has in the New Zealand importing and distribution business, particularly with Mitsubishi Electric products.

Carl Rose (left), former Sony ANZ MD, was recently named Samsung Australia’s new Vice President of Consumer Electronics, reporting to President, Harry Lee. Until recently running his own consulting firm, CR Consulting, after 26 years at Sony in various markets, he says: “It is an honour to join Samsung as its brand continues to go from strength-to-strength both in Australia and globally. I look forward working with the team to take the business to new heights.”

François Ruault is Parrot’s new Worldwide Sales & Marketing Manager for consumer drones and connected devices. From advertising with BBDO in the US and then France, he joined Apple in 1992 heading up communications and consumer marketing then retail sales for Europe. In 2004, he became Microsoft’s Xbox Country Manager in France, then Senior Director, Worldwide Sales & Marketing for Microsoft Hardware, before heading up planning and operations for HoloLens as COO of Microsoft Next Gen Experiences. In 2013, he joined Amazon as Worldwide Marketing Director for Digital Products, covering the US, Europe and Asia.

David Stannard, formerly of Key Service, has been involved in our industry since the late 80s. From Gillette, to Sunbeam and Breville, he joined Key Service as National Sales Manager. We recently heard David and wife Kerry had decided to leave Auckland and move to greener pastures north to Kerikeri. We wish them both well.

Matt Suckling (right), one of Noel Leeming’s young stars since 2002 and Wares Awards Young Retailer of the Year in 2010 and 2012 (achievements he will “treasure forever”), was recently approached by the owners of Mitre 10 MEGA in Hastings. After due consultation, he accepted the role of Manager. He is confident he’s up for the challenge and is looking forward with obvious excitement to “adding value and taking the business to the next level.”

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