Well-known Custom Industry Veteran to Focus on Strategic Development

Newmarket, NH, January 1, 2004 - Russound, a leading manufacturer of a/v products for the residential systems market, announced the promotion of Jeff Kussard to the newly created position of Vice President of Strategic Development. Mr. Kussard initially joined Russound in May, 2003 in a consulting role and was then appointed Director of Strategic Development in July of this year. The appointment is effective immediately and he will be based at the company's headquarters in Newmarket, New Hampshire.

As Vice President of Strategic Development at Russound, Mr. Kussard will be responsible for company strategies related to product development, marketing, and organizational structure. He will continue to serve as a member of the Russound & Intellinet Controls Executive Management Team. Prior to Russound, Mr. Kussard was Director of Custom Central, a leading edge web -based business unit of the Harman Consumer Group, dedicated to the promotion and support of custom installation applications.

About the promotion, Russound President Maureen Baldwin stated, "Jeff''s addition to Russound and the Executive Team represents a major step in our growth as well as our continued development as a leader in the distributed A/V market. With success and strong growth, comes a vital need for improved structure, processes and a clear strategic vision. Jeff has brought all that and more to Russound so along with everyone at the company, I am delighted to welcome him to this new position."

Commenting on his promotion to Vice President, Mr. Kussard offered, "I am very pleased to have such recognition and support from Russound management and for that matter everyone at the company. I have long admired Russound as a model company and true leader in the industry. In my time here, I have realized that our outstanding products, service and support are the result of its people and I am honored to be a part of that family." Mr. Kussard went on to add, "Though there are challenges in the marketplace, there are tremendous opportunities as well. My mission is to provide Russound and IntelliNet Controls with the right roadmap for success."

From custom retailer, sales representative to manufacturer, Jeff Kussard has pioneered the custom residential installation market since 1976 and today is a leading figure in the a/v systems industry. As a notably active member of CEDIA, he has served in many capacities of that custom trade association and currently is a member of their Board of Directors.

About Russound
Russound is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of state of the art audio, video and connectivity products for the residential systems and a/v connectivity markets. Founded in 1967, the company is based in Newmarket, New Hampshire and markets its products throughout the world. Additional information on Russound and its products can be readily obtained at The company can also be reached by e -mail at, by phone at 603/659 -5170 and by fax at 603/659 -5388.

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