RadioShack, owned by General Wireless after filing for bankruptcy protection this year, is restructuring to focus on innovation, education, DIY products and providing an in-person "neighborhood feel," Michael Tatelman, RadioShack's chief marketing officer, told The Huffington Post.
"Nick approached us," Tatelman said. "He’s tech-savvy and he’s a tastemaker. He’s really smart and really creative. Once we got to know him, it was a pretty easy decision to get him on board."
Cannon, who stars in the new film "Chi-Raq," will influence the selection and display of merchandise. He'll also spot market trends and help grow the retailer's initiatives supporting STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Tatelman said.
The new RadioShack creative chief was already at work promoting the chain on Wednesday.
In a video uploaded to Twitter, Cannon visited St. Mary's Children Hospital in New York, talking to children about creativity and technology, with RadioShack merchandise.
"RadioShack is back," Cannon and a few children chanted in the video.
General Wireless, a division of hedge fund Standard General, acquired the brand in April. It now has more than 1,700 company-owned stores, including 1,400 Sprint stores at RadioShack, according to a press release.
Tatelman said RadioShack's neighborhood feel is essential to the brand.
"We kind of felt that the brand and neighborhood convenience electronics store shouldn’t die," Tatelman said. "We’ve been working hard to revitalize the store. And kind of rebuild."
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