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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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