NEWMARKET, N.H., October 23, 2008– Russound, the #1 brand in multiroom audio, today announced that Charlie Porritt was promoted to the position of CEO, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Russound’s President, Maureen K. Baldwin, and Joe Brouillet, who served as Russound’s CEO from September 2007. Mr. Brouillet is retiring in January 2009 and moving into a part-time role as senior advisor to the CEO.
“Charlie quickly rose through our ranks, and with good reason,” said Mr. Brouillet. “He epitomizes professionalism with a mix of smarts, integrity and complete dedication to our customers.”
Porritt first joined Russound in 2000, beginning as a regional manger before quickly moving into the National Sales Director’s role and, in 2007, Vice President of Sales. It was during this period that Russound advanced to the head of the multiroom audio category.
Porritt’s resume includes successful sales stints with noted manufacturers SpeakerCraft, Harman International, BIC and Jamo. Throughout his career, Charlie has focused on the custom installation and home theater specialty markets with an eye toward growing the industry for all participants, from distributors to integrators and other manufacturers.
“Russound is without a doubt one of the most recognized and reputable manufacturers in the business,” said Porritt. “Everything we design and bring to market has to serve a specific purpose while giving our customers the tools they need to grow their bottom lines.”
“Right from the start, I felt a real passion for the company,” added Porritt. “I could see that there was a focus on customer satisfaction and products, which I believe is the most important reason why we are the leading brand in our industry.”
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., Russound, the #1 brand in multiroom audio*, offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. With more than 40 years experience, Russound continues to cater to installation professionals and their customers by pairing powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high-performance, easy-to-use solutions. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.russound.com.
*According to June 2005, 2006 and 2007 studies by EH Research