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Thiel Audio Names Stuart Levine Global Sales Director

Thiel Audio announced its second executive appointment in a week, bringing on former Harman employee Stuart Levine as its new global sales director.

The appointment was effective Feb 1.

Levin’s appointment follows last week’s announcement that J. Thomas Malatesta was hired as Thiel CEO. That appointment occurred Jan. 15.

Levine is responsible for the Thiel sales organization and the performance of its direct dealer network. He previously held multiple roles at Harman International over 13 years, including roles in sales, marketing and training. His last position there was regional key accounts manager, his LinkedIn biography says.

Before his Harman stint, he worked at Circuit City for nine years. Before coming to Thiel, he was U.S. director of marketing for EveryMatch, which offers a software platform that lets businesses, organizations, and communities offer apps that match people for sharing activities such as golf or fitness.

Levine’s “history and experience with the audio dealer network allows us to expand our product offerings and strategic thinking in the space,” said Malatesta.

Levine’s experience includes a mix of high-performance audio markets, including home, automotive, commercial, and portable.

The company said Malatesta plans to build the company through partnerships, by entering niche markets and hitting new demographics.”

Thiel was purchased by an investment group in late 2012. Malatesta is Thiel’s fourth CEO in three years. The previous CEO left in mid-2015 along with SVP of sales and marketing Paul Fisher and engineering VP Mark Mason. Rebecca Abrahams recently joined the company as chief brand officer.