DALLAS — Donna Knox has been named president of Focus Networks, effective immediately. She succeeds company founder Daniel Owen, who becomes chairman.
Knox, previously executive vice president, joined Focus Networks in December 1992 to head the firm’s business development efforts. As president, she will assume management of all day-to-day operations.
Focus Networks, based here, is the country’s largest manager of video networks for the retail industry. The company designs, installs and manages video networks for major retailers and produces live, interactive video programming for retailers and major vendors.
“With the retail business climate changing so rapidly,” Knox said, “we’re uniquely positioned to provide clients with a visual communications tool that helps them keep in touch with all the markets they serve. This capability will be crucial to their success in the coming decades.”
Founded in 1991, Focus Networks is a partnership between Owen and Fairchild Publications, publisher of WWD.
Prior to joining Focus Networks, Knox was president of the International Apparel Mart/Menswear Mart in Dallas. She also acted as chief consultant to Trammell Crow on the development of the Kobe Fashion Mart in Kobe, Japan, which opened in 1991.
Owen said Knox “has played a leading role in the success of Focus Networks. Her leadership will grow the company, produce innovative programming and set high standards of service to our customers.”
The company delivers more than 300 programs a year to approximately 500 retail locations, including satellite telecasts for Macy’s, Saks, Dillards, members of the Frederick Atkins Buying Group and other retailers.
Focus Networks maintains offices in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta.