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ELKHART, Indiana - August 2002 -- Nick Owen has very recently been hired on with Crown International as the manufacturer's sales director for Europe/UK, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Blake Augsburger, Crown International president and acting VP of sales, made the announcement.

Owen is a familiar face to the pro audio industry, most notably from his nearly nine-year tenure as president of international sales and marketing for Soundscape Digital Technology Limited, a company he co-founded in 1993. In the year prior to joining Crown, Owen most recently served as the managing director for yello! digital production tools UK Limited.

"Nick is a tremendous boon for Crown," says Augsburger. "His dozen years of international sales experience dealing with a myriad of cultures around the world will be of enormous benefit to our company's presence overseas. Furthermore, Nick's in-depth knowledge of audio technology, software and networks will be particularly useful for the growth and development of Crown's IQ technology sales. We feel fortunate to have him here and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship."

Currently reporting to Augsburger, Owen will, in his new capacity, manage all sales activities pertaining to the EMEA markets. In addition to regularly visiting distributors, dealers, contractors and consultants throughout these territories, he will also act as a liaison between the field and Crown factory in regards to product development, large-scale sales opportunities, and various marketing issues, such as international trade shows and advertising.

"I am greatly looking forward to participating in Crown's ongoing success across Europe, Africa and the Middle East," Owen, himself, adds. "Through a focused program of product training, brand marketing and consistent sales efforts, there is unlimited potential for growth in these markets and I' m very proud to now be a part of the Crown team."

Owen may be contacted via e-mail at nowen@crownintl.com or phone at  +44 (0)-2920-541766.

Crown International, a Harman International company, manufactures amplifiers, microphones and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana.

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August 2002