SOURCE: Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc.

November 11, 2010 09:00 ET

Harmonic Names New Executives to Key Customer-Facing Roles

New Corporate Marketing, Customer Service and Sales Executive Appointments Enhance Company's Ability to Expand Its Market Presence and Deliver Customer Satisfaction

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - Capitalizing on its recent acquisition of Omneon, Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that it has named two former Omneon executives to key management roles serving the combined company. In addition, the company also announced the appointment of a new sales management executive who will oversee the Harmonic-branded product sales teams. These appointments will help position the company to continue to expand its customer footprint, reach further into adjacent markets, and provide world-class global customer service.

Geoff Stedman, who ran the marketing function while at Omneon, will expand his role at Harmonic to provide overall leadership for the combined company's marketing communications. As Vice President for Omneon & Corporate Marketing, Mr. Stedman will have responsibility for corporate branding, demand generation and all of the company's outbound marketing activities, in addition to continuing to lead the marketing function for the Omneon portfolio of products and solutions. David Price, who previously ran the company's marketing communication function, will remain with Harmonic as Vice President of Business Development.

Mark Carrington, who had been serving as Vice President of Service and Support for Harmonic, will be assuming the role of Vice President of Sales for Harmonic. In this role, Mr. Carrington will be leading the portion of the sales organization focused on the Harmonic-branded product lines. Matt Aden, who had held this sales leadership position, is leaving the company for personal reasons. Mr. Carrington brings to this position many years of sales leadership experience, having previously served as Vice President of Sales and Services for DiviCom along with senior sales positions at IBM.

Ron Howe, who led the Omneon customer service organization, will take on a similar but expanded role for the combined company, leading the customer service organization for all Harmonic products. As Vice President for Service and Support, Mr. Howe will be responsible for driving the company's overall customer service strategy, establishing consistent service level performance and delivering world-class customer satisfaction.

"As part of the process of bringing Harmonic and Omneon together, we are fortunate to be able to draw upon the expertise of the combined management teams to fill critical executive leadership positions and build on the strengths of the respective organizations," said Patrick Harshman, President and CEO of Harmonic. "The new roles for Geoff, Mark and Ron allow us to capitalize on the skills that each of these executives bring to the team and are part of the larger ongoing process of defining roles and responsibilities across the combined company."

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. offers a comprehensive, innovative and market-leading portfolio of video infrastructure solutions, spanning content production to multi-screen video delivery. Harmonic customers can efficiently create, prepare and deliver differentiated video services over broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom networks, while simplifying end-to-end asset management, reducing costs and streamlining workflows.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in San Jose, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The company's customers -- including each of the top 20 Fortune 2000 media companies -- choose Harmonic to enable their high quality video services delivered to consumers in virtually every country. Visit for more information. 

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(A) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to: positioning the company to continue to expand its customer footprint, reach further into adjacent markets, and provide world-class global customer service.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Harmonic's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent Reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Harmonic does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

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