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HARMAN Appoints Audio Industry Veteran Jim Garrett To The New Role Of Market Manager For Its High Performance A/V Brands

Bringing a unique blend of experience in marketing, audio engineering, and retail management, Jim Garrett is well prepared to bring HPAV’s brands to the next level

ATLANTA, Georgia –HARMAN recently announced the appointment of audio industry veteran Jim Garrett to the position of Market Manager for the HPAV brands – Mark Levinson, Lexicon, Revel, and JBL Synthesis. Garrett brings over eighteen years of industry experience in both research-and-development for audio-engineering and high-end home audio marketing, and will use this experience to continue the expansion of HARMAN’s Revel, Mark Levinson, JBL Synthesis, and Lexicon brands.

Before joining the HARMAN team, Garrett worked at CEDIA where he was the Director of Technical Training for the Education Department and the staff liaison for the Instructor Pool, Sales Representatives, and EST Content Action teams. Prior to his time at CEDIA, Garrett worked as a consultant for Velodyne Acoustics and spent nine years at Klipsch Group, Inc. where he was Director of Product Planning. While at Klipsch, Garrett led the development of numerous award-winning and industry-leading audio product lines for the Klipsch and Aragon brands, including a complete suite of THX Ultra2-certified electronics and speaker system and the Palladium and Reference Series lines of loudspeakers.

Garrett’s career started with stints in retail beginning with three years at Best Buy as an assistant store manager and four and a half years in sales and management at a CEDIA channel specialty retailer and integrator. At HARMAN, Garrett will be responsible for new product roadmaps, marketing strategy, and marketing communications for the HPAV Brands.

“Jim’s experience as a product planning manager and his time in retail put him in the perfect position to carry out a long and successful career with HARMAN High Performance A/V,” said Marc Kellom, Director of Marketing for HPAV. “We’re all very confident that he will make an immediate and profound contribution to the team and we are excited to begin working with him.”

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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems.  HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.2 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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