October 7, 2008 - For Immediate Release

ELKHART, Indiana -- Crown Audio today announced the promotion of Bradford Benn to Director of Application Engineering. In this role Benn will be responsible for leading application engineering efforts in the U.S. and internationally. He will report to Vice President of Marketing, Marc Kellom. Previously, Benn served as Business Development Manager, where he focused on the creation of sales tools and was heavily involved in the evolution of System Architect™ and HiQnet™. He began at Crown as a Product Integration Manager, and has served in other roles including Director of Product Application Support.

Before joining Crown, Benn was with Soundelux Showorks as a Senior Design Director. He worked on the design, building, and installation process for audio, video and control systems for numerous different projects ranging from retail space, themed restaurants, multi-million dollar theme park attractions, sporting venues, museums, and boardrooms.

In addition to his responsibilities at Crown, Benn serves as a co-instructor for the Syn-Aud-Con Digital training seminars. His dual-background in IT and audio have uniquely prepared him for this role. He is an AES Member, chairing a Live Sound Panel at the AES Convention in October 2008. Benn is also the Vice President of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America Foundation, which is dedicated to improving motorcycle riders’ safety, providing support for motorcycling and advancing the moto-lifestyle and its benefits.

“Brad’s wide range of experience in Crown, along with his background in sound engineering make him the ideal person for this position. We look forward to seeing him work closely with our customers and distributors, helping advance their knowledge about the best system design practices and principles” stated Mark Graham, President of Crown Audio.

Commenting on his appointment, Benn said today, “I’m honored and excited to begin my new role. Crown is a market leader in amplifier production and I welcome the opportunity to take on an even bigger challenge to help in the integration of the different areas of Crown to better serve our growing customer base.”

Crown is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com). 
Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.”

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For additional information, contact:
Daniel O’Connell 
Griffin Integrated Communications 
(212) 481-3456 Ext. 12 
doconnell@griffinpr.com

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