NORTHRIDGE, California —Underscoring its commitment to provide the music products industry with the highest levels of partnership, HARMAN Professional today announced that Blake Augsburger, President, HARMAN Professional, Executive Vice President of HARMAN International and Country Manager, Americas, HARMAN International, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Naional Association of Music Merchants. Mr. Augsburger is joined by seven other new board members elected from the United States and international music products community, including leaders from the retail and commercial domains. The NAMM Board of Directors guides and leads NAMM and the NAMM Foundation and offers counsel to the music products industry.
“I am very pleased to join the board of this dynamic and forward-looking organization,” Augsburger said today. “NAMM’s impact on the music products industry is both positive and far-reaching and I look forward to working with Chairman Larry Morton, Chief Executive Joe Lamond and my colleagues on the NAMM board to advance the organization’s mission and to strengthen our industry’s development.”
Commenting on the new board appointments, Chairman Larry Morton noted “We are extremely fortunate to welcome a diverse and accomplished group of new Board members, representing both retail and commercial members, from a wide range of music industry segments,” Morton said. “This talented group of Directors also reflects NAMM’s desire for inclusiveness of professional men and women from small and large companies, both here in the United States and around the world.”
Blake Augsburger leads HARMAN’s global professional audio, musician and lighting technologies businesses. As Executive Vice President and Country Manager for the Americas at HARMAN International, he also plays a leading role in the company’s consumer and automotive businesses. Blake holds a B.S. and M.S., in electrical engineering, from Texas Tech University and has been honored as a Distinguished Engineer by the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University. HARMAN is a long-standing and active member of the NAMM organization. Blake Augsburger’s appointment to the board, however, is the first instance of a HARMAN executive taking a senior leadership role with NAMM and reflects his determination to support the organization as comprehensively as possible.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 87 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit http://www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
HARMAN (http://www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.