Carlsbad, Calif. - Jim Hardiman has been named engineering VP for The AVC Group, marketers of the Elan, Niles, Xantech, Sunfire and Aton brands.
A 35-year engineering and product development veteran, Hardiman comes to AVC Group from Harman International, where he served as engineering VP for the Harman Specialty Group from 2005 until 2008 and then as consumer global engineering VP for Harman International - Consumer Group. Prior to this, from 2000 until 2005, he served as hardware engineering VP at ThinkEngine Networks, advanced development director at Media 100, as well as engineering and product development posts at Data Translation, Digital Television Imagery, Integral Data Systems, and Data General.
An active member of AES, AVB, China Professionals, and the HDTV Group, among others, Jim Hardiman is the recipient of three United States patents in the area of video compression and decompression and a 2000 Emmy for Television Sciences awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the pioneering development of full motion broadcast quality PC video and compression plug-in cards utilized in the manufacture of non-linear editing systems or video servers.
Bob Farinelli, who had served as chief technology officer of The AVC Group and, previously, as President of ELAN Home Systems is retiring but will remain with the Group as a consultant.