Northridge, CA - June 12, 2014 - HARMAN Professional appointed Erik Tarkiainen as vice president of global marketing and in doing so signaled its intent to advance its branding and communications with stronger understanding and engagement among partners and customers worldwide. Tarkiainen will lead global marketing strategy and execution across the Professional Division and will drive new initiatives in online marketing, social media, public relations, events marketing and education. He will operate from HARMAN's Northridge, CA, facility and will report to Ralph Santana, HARMAN Chief Marketing Officer, and Blake Augsburger, President, HARMAN Professional Division.
Erik Tarkiainen has served as vice president of marketing communications for Line 6, where he led global marketing strategy and execution, as well as cofounding audio processing and music effects pioneer, iZotope. Most recently Tarkiainen was vice president for lynda.com, an online education company. He has also held key marketing and product management roles at Bose and Cakewalk. In addition to his executive career, he currently serves as an adjunct Professor of Marketing at California State University. He holds an MBA from Boston University and a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with graduate studies in acoustics and signal processing at Penn State.