Niles President Frank Sterns Resigns
Move comes two weeks after consolidation of Niles, Xantech and Elan into the Linear Audio, Video, Control Group; Linear AVC president Mark Terry takes over as acting president of Niles.
Frank Sterns, an 18-year veteran of Niles Audio, is leaving the company that called him president since 2005.
According to several Niles dealers, Sterns sent an email saying he would resign effective April 23. Mark Terry takes over as acting president of Niles. Terry was recently hired by Niles’ parent company Linear (a subsidiary of Nortek) to lead a roll-up of Niles, Elan Home Systems and Xantech. That new group is called Linear Audio, Video & Control.
Sterns was only the second president in Niles’ 32-year-history, succeeding founder Ivan Zuckerman. He joined the company in 1992 after spending six years at Infinity Systems.
Check out a CE Pro Q&A with Sterns from 2006.
CE Pro wishes him well in his future endeavors.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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