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aNb Media Hires Social Media Marketer

aNb Media (that’s us!) is pleased to announce the hiring of TJ Dietderich. She is charged with managing social media marketing for Responsibilities include planning and executing social media campaigns and events to boost consumer involvement, increasing visibility of content by working with linking partners, and creating a long-term digital plan that will increase the online presence of

Dietderich has held online and social media positions at HarperCollins Children’s Books and Planned Television Arts. She earned a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida State University.

Schleich North America Announces New U.S. Sales Manager

Schleich North America, Inc., has hired Aaron Tibbs to be its new U.S. key account sales manager. A more than 20-year veteran of the toy industry, Tibbs was formerly the vice-president of sales & marketing for SmartLab Toys.

Rachel McGreevy Promoted to VP at ICSC

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) announced that Rachel McGreevy has been promoted to vice-president of state and local government relations. In her newly appointed position, McGreevy will continue to develop and manage the ICSC government relations program that operates in the U.S. and Canada.

McGreevy holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Cloud State University located in St. Cloud, Minn. She also attended The American University Capitol Semester Program in Washington D.C.

CEA Mourns Loss of Industry Leader Norio Ohga

The Consumer Electronics Association mourns the loss of Sony’s Norio Ohga. Ohga passed away on Saturday at the age of 81. Ohga’s love of music is what led him to technology, which became a lifelong passion. He spent 44 years at Sony, where he was integral to almost all of the company’s major technology and business achievements. Ohga played a key role in the introduction of the Walkman in 1979, the development and establishment of the CD in partnership with Philips in 1982, the MiniDisc in 1992, and the Super Audio CD (SACD) in 1999. In 1993, Ohga established Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc., which developed the PlayStation and its successor PlayStation 2. Ohga became president of Sony Corp. in 1982 and chairman and CEO in 1995.

Throughout his years as a Sony executive, Ohga never lost his love of music. He served as a guest conductor of orchestras worldwide, including the Tokyo Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony in performances at Tanglewood, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Israeli Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ohga retired from Sony’s board in January 2003, when he was named honorary chairman.