It’s Friday and with that comes our coverage of the big moves, hires and fires in the US this week.

We’ve seen promotions from Mercedes-Benz and Sony, while News Corp. has poached a new CEO for Dow Jones and Apple and Dell are looking to expand their retail and software services with new prominent hires.

News Corp. brings former Bloomberg Ventures CEO Lex Fenwick in as the new CEO of Dow Jones to fill the role Les Hinton left in July. This marks Fenwick’s first move after a 25 year career at Bloomberg.

Mercedes-Benz USA has appointed Bernhard Glaser as Vice President of Marketing. He will be responsible for market research, marketing communications, and product management of the Mercedes-Benz and Maybach brands in the US.

Sony promotes Kazuo Hirai to President and CEO to replace Howard Stringer effective from April. Stringer will retain a place on the board.

As reported by our UK team, Apple hires former Dixons CEO John Browett as their retail chief. He is joining just as Apple enters the planning phase of a new prototype Apple store in Palo Alto and will be responsible for their global retail efforts.

Dell has brought on former CEO of Computer Associates, John Swainson, to run their new Software Unit. He formerly rejected a similar role from HP.

TMS International Corp., the leading provider of steel mill industrial services, has named Dr. Sara Hornby as the Director of Marketing – Optimization Group. Hornby was formally a principal at Global Strategic Solutions.

Outdoor Channel Holdings appointed Tom Allen as Chief Operating Officer as an expansion of his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Telmar Group, advertising media software and services provider, has promoted Corey Panno to President of the company to replace Chairman and CEO Stanley Federman

Fenton created their first dedicated marketing role with the promotion of Susan McPherson to Director of Global Marketing. McPherson has been senior vice president at Fenton’s for 20 months and was previously vice president of CSR services at PR Newswire

SquareTrade hires former Hotwire CMO, Ty Shay, as their new Chief Marketing Officer. Before Hotwire, Shay has a history of growing brands such as Esurance, Clorox and Procter & Gamble.