Harman Professional announced the appointment of David McKinney as vice president and general manager of the Mixer Business Unit, where he will lead the global operations of the Soundcraft and Studer brands.
Filling McKinney’s previous position of senior director and general manager of China operations for Harman Pro will be Frank Xiao, who brings more than 15 years experience in the professional AV industry to his new role.
Based in Potters Bar, McKinney will report to Harman Pro president Blake Augsburger. In total, McKinney has worked for Harman Pro for 11 years in four different country offices, building an impressive sales record and contributing to Harman’s growth.
“Soundcraft and Studer are both innovation leaders in audio mixing technology and we are committed to backing up our world-class products with dedicated, steadfast customer support and engineering excellence,” McKinney says. “We have some very exciting products to launch this month and plans for many more in the near future. Our success has been built on close customer relationships, engineering quality and innovative new products; these are the key pillars we will continue to focus on for the future as we grow these two great businesses.”
Xiao has a wealth of experience in the AV industry, with more than 16 years experience in high-end projection and display systems, and cinema solutions. He has numerous strong relationships with channel partners throughout China, joining Harman Pro from Christie Digital Systems, where he spent 13 years, serving as general manager of Christie China since March 2007. In this position, Xiao was responsible for sales, marketing, service, HR, finance and operations. He successfully built and managed the Christie China team and achieved an increase in overall sales performance of 600 percent within seven years.
“Harman Professional has a strong presence in China and I am looking forward to growing this presence through our delivery of integrated, specialized systems for a variety of the vertical markets that we serve,” Xiao says. “The Chinese market represents a unique set of opportunities and challenges, and we are strongly positioned to capitalize on these opportunities while meeting the challenges of the market.”