Harman Professional has appointed Mark Ureda ('88) as vice president and general manager of the Harman Professional Loudspeaker Group, comprising JBL Professional and Selenium. Ureda takes over from John Carpanini, who led JBL Professional and was promoted to a new position in Harman's automotive division.
Ureda's background includes acoustics and management. He began his career with Altec Lansing, where he developed constant directivity horns, authored several technical papers and was awarded several patents. Since 1999, Ureda has been a technical consultant to JBL Professional, where he has developed software to predict the sound fields of loudspeaker arrays and has authored numerous technical papers on the topic.
He joins Harman from Northrop Grumman Corporation where he had been employed since 1985. At Northrop, Ureda held the position of vice president, corporate strategy, where he was responsible for corporate strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and competitive analysis.
Ureda received a bachelor of science in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, a master of science in acoustics from the Pennsylvania State University and a master of business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.