Harman Professional has named industry veteran John Powell as interim head of sales for JBL Professional, providing distributors and manufacturer’s reps with a qualified leader to manage sales operations as the organization migrates to a new system.
According to Blake Augsburger, president of Harman Professional, Powell is qualified to support the channel with in-depth industry experience, as well as 11-plus years with the company and strong technical knowledge.
“We’re positioning the JBL organization for consistent long-term growth,” Augsburger states. “Doing so will benefit customers, employees and key stakeholders — not least distributors and manufacturer’s representatives. John Powell has stepped in to head up our sales organization and I am pleased that we have an executive of his caliber to call on from within our ranks.”
Powell joined Harman Pro in 2001 as director of international sales for dbx and DigiTech, and became divisional director of sales for Canada and Latin America in 2008. \
Previously, he served as director of sales & marketing at Boston Acoustics, and prior to that, international sales manager at JBL International. He holds a Bachelor Of Business Administration from California State University Northridge and is fluent in several languages.
“I am pleased to step in and support this organization and the channel partners I have come to know and respect,” Powell says. “I am here for as long as I am needed to listen to the channel and support our partners. I look forward getting to work and to speaking with reps and distributors around the globe.”
Scott Robbins, executive vice president of sales, Harman Professional, notes Powell’s long-term contribution to Harman and its channel partners. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with John for many years. I am impressed with his consistency in achieving his sales targets, his deep product knowledge, and his ability to collaborate effectively with our sales channel partners. I have strong confidence that he can replicate his record of accomplishment in this new role at JBL Professional.”