Soundcraft Studer has promoted Alan Wright, previously UK R&D Manager, to the role of Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager, reporting directly to Andy Trott, Vice President & General Manager of HARMANâ€™s Mixing and Microphones & Headphones Business Unit.
Trott says, â€œWe pride ourselves on the levels of quality and ingenuity across our businesses but we also have a mantra of continuously improving everything we do; however large or small that improvement might be. It is Alanâ€™s role to drive the business on all fronts of quality, ISO, process improvements and Green initiatives; we consider these to be business imperatives, hence why this function reports directly to me.â€œ
Wright joined HARMAN in 1995 with BSS Audio then moved to Soundcraft under the same roof in Potters Bar. He has an MBA from the University of Hertfordshire.
â€œDuring the past few years running Engineering Services, and latterly R&D
here, we have made huge strides in production efficiencies, speed of new product introduction and quality levels,â€? Wright says. â€œWe regard quality, ISO, and GreenEdge as absolute brand imperatives and itâ€™s my job to ensure we continuously improve in every area of the business.â€?
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets â€“ supported by 15 leading brands including AKGÂ®, Harman KardonÂ®, InfinityÂ®, JBLÂ®, LexiconÂ® and Mark LevinsonÂ®. 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 Companyâ€™s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.