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ELKHART, Indiana - January 2005 -- Mr. Sushil S. John has been appointed to the new position of Country Head-India for the Harman Pro Group (HPro). Scott Robbins, Vice President of Sales for Crown International, made the announcement. “Mr. John is a tremendous addition to the Harman Pro team,” says Robbins. “His years of experience in India will be key to assuring the Harman Pro Group’s ongoing success in this market. We feel fortunate to have him as part of our team and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

Mr. John brings over a decade of experience in the pro audio market in India to his new position. He most recently served with EVI Audio India Pvt. Ltd., where he was the Director of Operations, and was directly responsible for building the EVI's network of channel partners in India. Prior to his role at EVI Audio India Pvt. Ltd., he was also associated with Martin Audio and OHM, and helped build those respective brands in India. Mr. John is qualified as a power electronics engineer.

“I am excited to be able to represent the interests of all Harman Pro Group brands in India,” Mr. John, himself, adds. “There is nearly unlimited potential for growth in this market and I am very proud to now be a part of the Harman Pro team.”

Reporting to Robbins, Mr. John will manage all sales and support activities within the India market for all Harman Pro Group brands. In addition to regularly visiting distributors, dealers, contractors and consultants throughout his territory, he will also act as a liaison between the field and each HPro brand in regards to product development, large-scale sales opportunities, and various marketing issues including trade shows and advertising.

Mr. Sushil S. John may be contacted via e-mail at sjohn@harman.com, by phone at +91-80-25212021, and by mobile phone at +91-98440 61000.

About The Harman Pro Group
The world's largest professional audio company, the Harman Pro Group is headquartered in Northridge, California, and is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com), a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets. The Company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: HAR. Harman Pro Group companies include AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, dbx Professional, Crown International, JBL Professional, Lexicon Pro, Soundcraft, and Studer.

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