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Harman Names Head of Mass Comms Business

In a move to provide systems integrators and clients in the mass communications market with specialized attention, support, and programs, Harman Professional appointed John Goodrich to the newly created position of global sales manager for mass communications.

John Goodrich

John Goodrich

In a move to provide systems integrators and clients in the mass communications market with specialized attention, support, and programs, Harman Professional appointed John Goodrich to the newly created position of global sales manager for mass communications.

Goodrich joins Harman Professional from Altel Systems Group, where he was vice president of business development, leading the development of integrated AV and communication systems for the airport, mass transit, and hospitality industries. He previously held senior sales and business development roles at Meyer Sound Labs and Innovative Electronic Designs (IED). In his new role, he will report to, and will be responsible for developing Harman Professional's presence in the mass communications market.

"In some verticals audio has been commoditized and as a result communication has suffered," said Michael MacDonald, Harman's executive vice president of marketing and sales, in a statement. "Harman brings professional-grade systems that are proven at the highest performance level but designed to suit the needs of mass communication and other verticals. John Goodrich is the person to bring these systems to market; to work with integration partners, end-users and our own product designers to ensure that we enable better sound in more places than ever before imaginable."

"Harman Professional's dual strength in systems integration and audio performance presents a compelling opportunity to integrators and their clients in mass communications," said Goodrich in a statement. "I look forward to working with Harman's design teams and with our customers to advancing public address audio for communication, entertainment and life safety in the domestic and international markets."

At InfoComm 2010 in June, Harman Professional launched a partnership with information display and paging specialist Com-Net Software to launch a series of new communication technologies starting with the co-branded IDX Information Delivery Systems. The IDX System couples Harman's Crown CTs, BSS London, and HiQnet technologies on the back end with Com-Net Software Eclipsx Flight Information Display System or Eclipsx Transit Information Display System at the front end.

"IDX is remarkable," Goodrich said further. "I applaud Harman for not seeking to reinvent the wheel on the front-end software and interface but instead integrating a high-performing, back-end audio network with a proven mass communications system and interface from Com-Net."

 


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