Pioneer Promotes Berkery, Stepien and Martin

Pioneer Automotive Electronic Sales, Inc. today announced the promotions of Niall Berkery to vice president Ford Business Unit, Dennis Stepien to vice president Device Business Unit and Kevin Martin to senior vice president sales. All three gentlemen will report directly to Steve Moerner, president and chief executive officer.

"Pioneer's automotive OEM division has seen tremendous growth and success in helping our strategic customers in the past few years," Moerner said. "I'm confident that the promotions of Niall and Dennis the addition of Kevin Martin to the team, will enable us to continue that growth by meeting our customers' needs with innovative audio, video, information products and key device solutions for in-vehicle use."

Berkery began his career with Pioneer in 1987 as an engineer at Pioneer's Japan design facilities, before transferring to the North American OEM team as a manager in 1993. Berkery will now lead Pioneer's global Ford Business Unit. Recently, Pioneer and Ford announced several branded audio vehicles including the Ford Pioneer Explorer Sport Trac and Ford Ranger Tremor. Both vehicles boast audio systems designed to rock the soul of today's young auto buyers.

Stepien joined Pioneer in July 1998 as a manager in the OEM group and now has more than 20 years experience supporting North American automotive manufactures and Tier 1 automotive suppliers. In his current role, he will head the Tier 2 and Device business supporting Pioneer's position as a market leader in key automotive core device products and solutions.

Kevin Martin joins Pioneer with more than 16 years in the automotive supply and automotive multimedia industry, including his most recent assignment with Onkyo America where he served as senior vice president.

Pioneer Automotive Electronics Sales, Inc., headquartered in Northville, Mich., is the marketing arm for OEM car electronics products for Pioneer North America. The company continues to utilize the strength of its brand name in the aftermarket to secure additional OEM business, bringing innovative audio, video and information products to automobile manufacturers.