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Russound Hires McCarthy, Eyes More Cloud Services

1/28/2011 12:12:39 PM Eastern
Newmarket, N.H. - Russound will expand its product focus with a new generation of products that will tap into current and upcoming audio/video streaming services, the company said in announcing the appointment of a new VP to lead the effort.

Russound appointed industry veteran Tom McCarthy, formerly with Niles, to the newly created position of product development VP. He had been Niles VP of engineering and product development.

McCarthy is responsible for the company's long-term strategic vision and day-to-day management of product development.

McCarthy will "assist our team in expanding our strategy of  leveraging our technology assets to fully embrace cloud-based content, integrate with third-party subsystems, and ultimately offer home automation and lighting control products," added CEO Charlie Porritt. He said McCarthy is "fluent in current developments in digital audio and video" and "has a keen sense of how these new trends can be adapted to simple solutions that benefit our installers and their customers."

Russound already offers one product that streams Internet radio services and plans a second, but those products don't stream video via the Internet. The company's Collage system, which uses powerline technology to distribute audio over a home's electrical wiring, features Internet radio, as does the planned DMS-3.1 Digital Media Streamer, due in May for integration with Russound's C series of more traditional multi-room-audio systems.

Within the industry, McCarthy has also held positions as D&M Holdings chief technology officer and advisor to the board chairman and Bose director of worldwide R&D operations. He has also held management positions with Lockheed Martin and GE Aerospace.

 
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