Howard P. Ladd, Who Headed Concord Electronics, Sanyo U.S. and Fisher Corporation, To Receive Award ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 2006--Howard P. Ladd, who launched Concord Electronics in the 1960s and introduced the Sanyo brand to the U.S. in the 1970s before becoming president of and chairman of Fisher Corporation, will join industry inventors, executives, editors and retailers in the prestigious Consumer Electronics Industry Hall of Fame.He
will be formally inducted at the association's annual Industry Forum in San Francisco October 16-18, 2006.Born in Providence and raised in Philadelphia, he graduated from The University of Pennsylvania, where he studied electrical engineering.In 1959, Mr. Ladd formed Concord Electronics and designed a line of portable battery-operated tape recorders to be sold under the Concord brand name.Mr. Ladd's
initial noteworthy contribution to consumer home entertainment occurred in the 1960s, when he
developed and marketed the first reel-to-reel and stereo audio cassette recorders.
In 1970, he
initiated the Sanyo brand in the U.S., and introduced one of the first portable radio cassette recorders, many stereo radio cassette boom boxes and all-in-one stereo compact music systems.These developments were significant contributors to the explosive growth of audio products in the home and on-the-go.In 1976 (a few years after Fisher Radio's founder, Avery Fisher, retired), Mr. Ladd became the one and only president of the new Fisher Corporation, presiding over the development and powerful marketing of many new high fidelity audio and video products.
...Joining Ladd in the 2006 Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame are: industry executives Jack Doyle of Pioneer America; John Roach of Radio Shack; Robert W. Galvin, who steered Motorola from 1959 to 1990; and Andrew Grove and Gordon Moore, two of the three co-founders of Intel.