Effective November 1st, Owen assumes responsibility for all U.S. sales programs for AKG Acoustics, Soundcraft and Studer.
NORTHRIDGE, CA – October 25, 2006 – Underscoring its commitment to the U.S. sales and marketing arm of its European-based brands, Harman Pro North America (HPNA) today announced the appointment of Nick Owen to the new position of Vice President of Sales, assuming responsibility of sales for AKG Acoustics, Soundcraft and Studer in the United States.
Stefan Gubi, President of AKG Acoustics GmbH, made the announcement stating, “We are very excited to have Nick join HPNA to orchestrate the domestic sales efforts of our European brands. Nick has a tremendous energy that will be a huge benefit to our reps, dealers and customers in the states. He also has a vast knowledge of the professional audio marketplace, worldwide sales and the distribution, marketing, service, and customer support that is necessary to grow our business in the United States.”
Commenting on his new role, Owen noted, “For many years, AKG, Soundcraft and Studer have been premium brands in the recording and live broadcast markets, as well as in the post production, touring, house of worship and MI markets. However, we recognize that there is a tremendous opportunity for growth in the United States for our European Brands and I look forward to expanding our sales team and our company presence to take our business where it needs to go.”
Owen continued, “The next few years are going to be very exciting and with the new AKG Wireless WMS range, the recent launch of Soundcraft‘s Vi6 Digital Live Desk and the Studer Vista 5 Compact Digital Broadcast Console, we have a great product portfolio and a bright future ahead of us.”
Owen joined the Harman Pro Group in 2002 as Director of Sales Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Crown International and was formerly the founder of Soundscape Digital Technology. Owen‘s new post will be based out of the Harman Pro North America offices in Northridge, California.
About AKG Acoustics:
AKG Acoustics is widely recognized as the most innovative manufacturer of microphones, wireless systems and headphones in the world. Since its founding in Vienna, Austria in 1947, the company has been granted over 1,500 patents. Today, AKG employs over 60 engineers in research and development, providing them with the most advanced tools available for design, testing and performance simulation.
AKG Acoustics GmbH is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Located at 8500 Balboa Boulevard, Northridge, CA 91329, AKG Acoustics, U.S. markets the full line of AKG Acoustics microphones, headphones, wireless systems and processing for recording, concert sound reinforcement, commercial sound, broadcast and home entertainment applications. AKG Acoustics is part of the Harman International (NYSE: HAR) family of companies, which includes trusted brands such as BSS, Crown, JBL, Infinity, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Soundcraft, Studer, dbx, Harman-Kardon, Revel and DigiTech.
Headquartered at the Harman International Industries complex in Potters Bar, England, Soundcraft has built its global reputation over more than 30 years as a leading manufacturer of professional mixing consoles serving live, broadcast, theatre, recording and DJ markets. Worldwide sales and marketing for the brand is handled by the Soundcraft Studer Group, also of Potters Bar. In the United States, Soundcraft and Studer‘s products are distributed by Harman Pro North America, a subsidiary of Harman International Industries.
Studer Professional Audio GmbH, founded by Willi Studer in 1948 and headquartered in Regensdorf, Switzerland, is a preeminent manufacturer of digital mixing consoles and other high-end products for broadcast, post-production, theatre and live sound applications. The company‘s products are distributed in the US by Harman Pro North America, which also distributes products for Soundcraft and AKG Acoustics. Distribution of Studer‘s products in Canada is handled by Studer Canada.
About the Harman Pro Group:
The Harman Pro Group (www.harmanpro.com) is the world‘s largest provider of professional audio products and system solutions for commercial sound, contracting, tour sound, recording and broadcast, musician, portable PA and cinema applications. The Group is headquartered in Northridge, California and includes industry leaders AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, Crown International, dbx, DigiTech, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer. The Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), a leading supplier of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets.
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