Moving strategically to strengthen the long-term research and product development programs for its ELAN, Niles, Xantech, Sunfire, and Aton brands, The AVC Group has appointed Jim Hardiman to vice president of engineering. Hardiman reports directly to Mark Terry, president of The AVC Group, and is based at the company’s Carlsbad, California corporate headquarters.
Bob Farinelli, who had served as chief technology officer of The AVC Group and, previously, as president of ELAN Home Systems is retiring but will remain with the group as a consultant.
“Jim Hardiman brings more than 35 years of proven innovation and standards-setting thinking to his new position at The AVC Group,” Terry stated in the company’s press release. “A world-renowned technologist, Jim’s work over the years has advanced the state-of-the-art in countless product categories. As our new vice president of engineering, he will play a critical role in developing and deploying new technologies throughout each of our brands, resulting in a new generation of system solutions that offer clearly defined value propositions to our dealers and consumers.”
Hardiman comes to The AVC Group from Harman International, where he served as VP of engineering for the Harman Specialty Group from 2005 until 2008 and then as VP, consumer global engineering for Harman International — Consumer Group. Prior to this, from 2000 until 2005, he served as VP of hardware engineering at ThinkEngine Networks, a manufacturer of network media servers.
An active member of AES, AVB, China Professionals, and the HDTV Group, among others, Hardiman is the recipient of three United States patents in the area of video compression and decompression and a 2000 Emmy for Television Sciences awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the pioneering development of full-motion, broadcast-quality PC video and compression plug-in cards utilized in the manufacture of non-linear editing systems or video servers.