Clarion Corporation of America Appoints Automotive Industry Veteran Calvin Nichols as Senior Vice President of OEM Sales

Jan 27, 2016, 08:30 ET from Clarion Corporation of America

CYPRESS, Calif., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarion Corporation of America, a leader in consumer and commercial mobile electronics, announced today that Calvin Nichols has been appointed as Senior Vice President of OEM Sales. Nichols brings more than 20 years of experience in driving strategic growth and product visibility as a sales professional, a business unit leader and an engineer for large global corporations across automotive and related industries. As Senior Vice President of OEM Sales, Nichols will lead Clarion's OEM sales activities in the U.S. market.

"Calvin is a highly respected and seasoned industry veteran with decades of automotive OEM sales experience. We welcome him to the team and look forward to his contributions in further growing Clarion's business in the various segments of the OEM space," stated Paul Lachner, President of Clarion Corporation of America.

Prior to joining Clarion Corporation of America, Nichols served as Global Market Segment Manager for BASF Corporation, where he was responsible for leading new business development and portfolio strategy in the automotive and transportation segments. Prior to that, Nichols held leadership positions in sales and marketing management and product strategy at Panasonic Automotive Systems, Visteon Corp., and Omron Automotive Electronics.  He has also held positions in advanced product and manufacturing engineering at both Ford Motor Co. and Denso Corp.

"Clarion has a stellar reputation in the industry for quality, reliability and innovation," stated Nichols. "There is a foundation of success here and I'm very excited to lead the sales team to even greater success in the future."

Nichols holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering in plastics and material science from the University of Toledo, an MBA in international business and marketing from Eastern Michigan University, and completed a management program at the University of Notre Dame.

About Clarion

Headquartered in Cypress, California, Clarion Corporation of America is a subsidiary of Japan-based Clarion Co. Ltd, which has been a consolidated subsidiary of the Hitachi Group since 2006. Clarion has been an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940. The company is engaged in the research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of mobile entertainment, navigation, infotainment, communication, safety and security products for the automotive, marine, recreational vehicle, commercial fleet and heavy industry environments. Clarion has been the recipient of numerous excellence awards for design, innovation, support, manufacturing and product reliability from independent organizations. The company has marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the web at

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