Hhgregg mourns death of former CEO

INDIANAPOLIS — Jerry Throgmartin, executive chairman and former CEO of Hhgregg has passed away, Dennis May, president and CEO of the company announced Monday.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Throgmartin. Jerry played a critical role in both building and growing our company over his astounding 36 year career at hhgregg. To all of us at hhgregg, Jerry served as a role model, a community patron, and an inspirational leader, who always lived his life to the fullest. To me personally, he also served as a mentor, a trusted advisor and a tremendous friend. He will be greatly missed. His life is an amazing story and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time," said May.

Throgmartin devoted his career to growing the appliance and electronics store, founded by his grandfather in 1955. Starting in 1975 as a salesman and eventually manager, he worked his way up to district manager, director of advertising, vice president of store operations, president and CEO.