NORTHRIDGE, California — In a strategy to provide customers and channel partners in the United States with the most comprehensive and effective sales and support services, HARMAN Professional today deployed a strengthened Regional Sales Office (RSO) sales management infrastructure in the US that emphasizes local engagement, deeper support and advanced training.The new organization is led by Mark Posgay, Senior Director, US Sales, HARMAN Professional who pointed to the market-wide shift towards a systems methodology as a driver for this new tactile approach.
“As the professional audio and systems integration markets have migrated from components, to systems, to application-engineered systems, HARMAN Professional provides unique value — not simply because we offer best-in-class performance at the component level for each device in the signal chain but because HiQnet makes highly sophisticated systems more uniform, intuitive and easier to configure and control,” Posgay said today. “This seismic shift to deeper integration and software control requires a strong commitment to training and support so that our customers and channel partners can extract maximum value from our offerings. With the addition of new staff HARMAN Professional is meeting this commitment head-on and, we hope, empowering our customers and partners to capitalize on a compelling technology and market opportunity.
Underscoring the investment in new personnel, Posgay announced the appointment of 7-year HARMAN veteran, Jim Ure, to Business Development Manager, Installed Sound, Eastern Region.Rob Lewis and Tom Der — who previously led North America Sales for Studer and Souncraft respectively — also join the new team. The new RSO organization sees Michael Schoen appointed to serve as Senior Manager, National Accounts, Anton Pukschansky appointed Territory Sales Manager, (Sound Marketing West) and Bill Raimondi named Senior Manager, U.S. Distribution & Strategic Accounts. Leading the new organization’s training initiative is Chris Vice, another highly experienced HARMAN Professional veteran.
Commenting on the new approach, Scott Robbins, HARMAN Professional Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, noted,“This new organization enables HARMAN Professional to think globally and act locally.We have all of the R&D resources, manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies of a global organization and now we have put the right people on the ground to listen to the needs of customers and partners in local and regional markets.I look forward to working with Mark and his team to ensure that HARMAN Professional provides customers with strong technical and economic value that, in turn, support their business ambitions!”
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.