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Harman Professional Announces Key JBL Appointments

Mark Gander is Director of JBL Technology

Harman Professional in Northridge, Calif., has appointed Mark Gander to the position of Director of JBL Technology. In this newly created role, Gander will be responsible for driving the growth of the Harman intellectual property portfolio and supporting Harman’s technology leadership in the professional loudspeaker market.

Gander joined Harman in 1976 as a Transducer Engineer and has subsequently held key product engineering and marketing positions within JBL Professional and the Loudspeaker Strategic Business Unit. He has held various executive and engineering positions of increasing seniority and responsibility over the course of his distinguished career, and is responsible for the design and development of some of JBL’s most significant loudspeaker technologies and products.

Gander holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University in Audio Technology and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, with a multidisciplinary certificate in Acoustical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, a past Governor of the AES and InfoComm, and a member of the ASA, SMPTE and IEEE.

“Mark Gander is a professional audio icon whose expertise and association with the JBL Professional brand is invaluable,” says Bryan Bradley, Vice President, GM Loudspeaker Business Unit. “In this new position, we will rely on Mark to apply his experience and expertise to areas that are crucial to JBL’s success.”

“In my 35-plus years with JBL, I can attest to JBL’s commitment to innovation and creativity, which is a tremendous source of pride for me and something that I look forward to continuing to contribute to in this new position,” Gander said. “I truly believe that we offer the most comprehensive range of products including the most significant innovations for the widest range of customers in the industry and I welcome these new responsibilities as JBL continues to drive the state of the art for loudspeaker technologies.”

John Powell is JBL Professional’s Vice President of Sales

Harman’s JBL Professional has appointed John Powell to the position of Vice President of Sales. In this position, Powell will be responsible for sales planning and management, including close collaboration with the regional sales managers and manufacturer’s representatives in the domestic market and international distributors and sales directors.

Powell has been a member of the Harman sales team since 2001, having first served as Director of Sales at Harman Music Group and more recently as Director of Sales for Harman Professional, maintaining a direct relationship with key dealers and consultants in Canada and Mexico, and DigiTech for all of the Intercontinental territory.

Powell holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) with a major in Marketing and minor in Economics.

“John has held several positions with Harman for the past 12 years, demonstrating excellence every step of the way,” says Bradley. “John’s strong relationships within the industry and his deep understanding of the markets we serve make him an ideal choice for VP of Sales, and we anticipate his success will continue in his new role.”

“As JBL Professional continues to maintain its industry leadership with the world’s most compelling product line across a variety of markets, I embrace the challenge of serving a broader array of customers in each of these markets,” Powell says. “Our industry is built on creativity and innovation and I consider it a priority to equip our customers with the most creative, innovative and highest-performing products available.”

Brian Divine is Harman’s Loudspeaker SBU Director of Marketing

Brian Divine has been appointed to Director of Marketing, Loudspeaker SBU. With a proven record of success, highlighted by several years with Harman’s Crown Audio, Divine brings a combination of technical expertise, marketing knowledge and industry awareness to the position.

Divine returns to Harman from Bosch Communications Systems, where he last served as Business Line Manager, Professional Sound, for the brands Electro-Voice and Dynacord. Previously, Divine held key positions within Crown Audio for eight years, most notably as Marketing Director of Installed Sound and Touring, where his guidance helped further strengthen Crown’s leadership position in amplifier technology for the installed sound and tour sound markets.

In his new position, Divine notes that an unwavering dedication to customer service will be central to the success of Harman’s Loudspeaker SBU. “No other loudspeaker brand in the industry has the pedigree and reputation for excellence that JBL has and a primary objective of mine is to back this prestigious brand with unmatched customer support,” Divine says. “Moreover, we are poised for even greater accomplishments in the future and I am looking forward to the opportunity to communicate the JBL message. With an array of new products already introduced this year and even more to come in the near future—combined with this renewed commitment to customer service—it is an exciting time to be at JBL.”

“Throughout his career, Brian has demonstrated a strong ability to identify customer needs and implement programs that comprehensively address those demands,” says Bradley. “As we seek to grow our presence in existing markets and establish our brand in adjacent markets, Brian is uniquely suited to help us effectively engage existing customers and potential customers alike.”

Divine holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University.

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