Harman Professional promotes John Fitzgerald as Rob Urry steps down
WORLD: Harman Professional has promoted John Fitzgerald to the position of vice president, general manager amplifiers and signal processing strategic business unit. The move follows the retirement of Rob Urry, who leaves the company after serving more than 28 years.
‘As we look back on Rob Urry’s remarkable contribution to our organisation and our industry, we also look forward to a new era of success under John Fitzgerald,’ stated Blake Augsburger, president of Harman Professional. ‘John is a proven leader with a demonstrated capacity to get results. For our customers and channel partners John’s leadership means we’ll have a high volume of exciting new products to show, for our organisation it means we’ll have an excellent manager with great ideas, and for other stakeholders this appointment is a signal of Harman’s intent to evolve and grow while respecting our roots and culture.’
Mr Fitzgerald, who holds an engineering degree from the University of Maine and an MBA from the University of Illinois, first joined Harman Automotive as an engineer in program management in 1997 and has since been appointed to increasingly senior positions with customer-facing and operational responsibilities. Prior to his new role, Mr Fitzgerald served as vice president of program management and general manager Harman amplifier business unit.
‘I am very pleased to take on the responsibility of leading such a talented team and helping this SBU drive the market with the most innovative, appealing and successful amplifier and signal processing technologies available,’ commented Mr Fitzgerald. ‘Our brands, our people and technologies are the best in the business and I have deep confidence that we can bring this unique value to a wide audience of audio professionals and artists across the globe.’
Meanwhile, Mr Urry’s retirement marks the conclusion of a long and accomplished career with the company, where he first joined as an entry-level hardware engineer before rising to vice president of engineering, chief technology officer (professional) and president of Harman Music Group.
‘Rob Urry’s legacy of innovation is manifested in some of the most iconic and best-loved audio technologies our industry has known,’ furthered Mr Augsburger. ‘As a result, many thousands of DigiTech, Lexicon and dbx products are in the field and have helped shape the sound of a generation. We’re very grateful to Rob and we wish him well in the future.’
‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Harman,’ commented Mr Urry. ‘Now that the time has come to enjoy my retirement, I am very satisfied that the culture of innovation is strong, that our organisation is deep and that a new leader of John Fitzgerald’s calibre is prepared and ready to lead our business unit. I am grateful to the many wonderful people I have worked with and I look forward to continuing these friendships in the months and years ahead.’