NORTHRIDGE, California — Continuing its program to develop emerging markets and provide channel partners and end-users with not simply the best AV technologies for their markets, but also the best organizations to support their businesses, HARMAN Professional today announced the promotion of David McKinney to Senior Director, Operations – India for the Professional Division. McKinney, an 11-year veteran of HARMAN Professional with a demonstrated capacity to build and lead organizations in emerging markets, previously established HARMAN Professional’s Asia Regional Sales office in Kuala Lumpur where he achieved significant success at establishing the organization and growing the business. Today’s announcement was made by Blake Augsburger, HARMAN Executive Vice President and President, HARMAN Professional.
“David McKinney has done an excellent job for HARMAN and our partners in the Asia sales region. Now, as Senior Director, Operations – India for the Professional Division, I am confident that he will be a great asset to our partners there and that his skill set and experience will serve as an accelerant for our business and that of our partners and customers in India,” Augsburger said. “I am similarly pleased that the Asia sales office is well-organized and under strong leadership with Thomas Marcher now serving as Director Of Sales, Asia Regional Sales Office.”
In his new role, David McKinney will report to Lakshmi Narayan, HARMAN India Country Manager, and will be based at HARMAN’s Bangalore offices. Lakshmi noted McKinney’s suitability to the role. “David McKinney is uniquely positioned to understand the needs of our customers and distribution partners and to find solutions that address those needs. I look forward to working with David as we plan our future in this market, grow our business and support our partners with the best technologies, the most advanced integration and the industry’s most progressive support.”
Commenting on his promotion, McKinney noted, “This is a compelling opportunity in a remarkable culture at a time of growth. I am very honored to lead such an impressive team; to work with such dynamic, industrious distributors and with an infinitely creative community of end-users in installed sound, portable PA, recording and broadcast and tour sound.”
David McKinney has a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Music & Electronics from Keele University in the United Kingdom. Since 2003 McKinney has been based in Malaysia, initially as Director of Sales for HARMAN’s Signal Processing Group and more recently he led the startup for the Professional Division Regional Sales office there.
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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.