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HARMAN High Performance A/V Appoints Ron Rouse To Global Vertical Market Manager, Home Theater and Adds Todd Westfall to Position of Western Sales Manager

ELKHART, Indiana – HARMAN High Performance A/V today announced the appointment of Ron Rouse to the position of Global Vertical Market Manager, Home Theater, and Todd Westfall to the position of Western Sales Manager. The appointments immediately strengthen the sales team of HARMAN’s Revel, Mark Levinson, JBL Synthesis, and Lexicon brands. Rouse and Westfall will both report to John Batliner, Vice President of Sales for HPAV.

Rouse, a 15-year veteran of HARMAN, will be responsible for overseeing global sales initiatives for the JBL Synthesis and Lexicon product lines and increasing HPAV’s market share in the home theater segment. Rouse most recently held the position of Western Sales Manager for HPAV and also previously handled US sales for JBL Synthesis.   

“Ron’s hands-on experiences combined with his technical know-how and sales capabilities make him a perfect fit for this role. I’m confident that he’ll take our home theater business to the next level,” stated Batliner.

Westfall will be responsible for managing sales for all HPAV brands as well as providing dealer level support in the western portion of the United States. Westfall most recently held the position of National Sales Manager for B&K Components and was responsible for all US-based sales and marketing, working directly with a team of sales representatives and dealers.

“We’re thrilled to add Todd’s experience and leadership to our already strong team. His past experience in hi-fi, home theater and whole home audio will benefit him well in managing our brands in the Western part of the US,” added Batliner.

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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