McKinney to head Mixer Business Unit at HARMAN

HARMAN Professional has appointed David McKinney as Vice President and GM of HARMAN’s 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 Professional 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 Professional President Blake Augsburger. McKinney has held the position of Senior Director and General Manager, China Operations for HARMAN Professional since July 2013, prior to which he held the position of Senior Director, India Operations for HARMAN Professional. In total, McKinney has worked for HARMAN Professional for 11 years in four different country offices, building an impressive sales record and contributing greatly to HARMAN’s growth.

Frank Xiao has a wealth of experience in the AV industry, with over 16 years experience in high-end projection and display systems, and cinema solutions. He has numerous strong relationships with channel partners throughout China. He joins HARMAN Professional 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.

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