Sony looking for new GM of consumer marketing

Toby Barbour has left Sony Australia after almost five years with the local office of the iconic Japanese brand. The one-time head of strategy and brand development told AdNews that he is looking to start his own business.

“After a great experience at Sony, I have made the big decision to challenge myself in a different environment and pursue my ambition to develop my own business,” Barbour told AdNews.

Appliance Retailer contacted Sony Australia for further comment on this departure.


AVG’s new GM driving high growth

Sam Hendry has been appointed general manager at security firm AVG. Hendry has previously worked as the chief of staff for the Lord Mayor of Melbourne and as the GM of sales and marketing at Melbourne IT.

“AVG is at a very interesting juncture in its growth and it is exciting to be joining a company that is visionary in both the products it markets and business models it follows,” said Hendry. “The potential and growth opportunities for this business are extraordinary. I am also very pleased to join a team that is passionate about the work it does and which is so well-respected in the market.”


Sharp’s multitalented multifunction devices

Japanese electronics corporation Sharp has won four awards for its MFDs. The honoured products were:

-MXM301 (for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency from Buyers Lab).
-MXM623N (for Outstanding 61-to-70ppm A3 Monochrome MFD from Buyers Lab).
-MXM753N (for Best Overall High Speed Monochrome MFD from Business Equipment Research & Test Laboratories).
-Sharpdesk 3.3 (for Best Desktop Personal Document Management Solutionf from Business Equipment Research & Test Laboratories).

“These awards are a testament to Sharp’s continuing effort to build products that exceed customer expectations and position our products as leaders in the industry,” said Sharp Australia MD Denis Kerr.


Bosch washes the most dishes

GfK Retail & Technology has awarded Bosch its No. 1 award for total dishwasher unit sales during calendar 2010.

“There is intense competition in this category and we feel honoured that the Australian public has invested its trust in our dishwashers,” said Bosch national marketing manager Daniel Bobik. “One of the key philosophies of Bosch is the focus on delivering energy and water efficiency without comprising on quality or performance.

“With the cost of energy and water set to increase, consumers are increasingly looking at environmentally responsible brands to deliver appliances with low resource consumption and top quality at an affordable price.”