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Coastal Source Announces Changes to Executive Management Team

Names Jeff Poggi as president as co-founder Franco D’Ascanio shifts to CEO and Harold Zimmermann becomes chairman of board.

Coastal Source - President - Jeff Poggi
Jeff Poggi, president, Coastal Source

Coastal Source has announced the appointment of 30-year industry veteran Jeff Poggi as president. The appointment marks the start of an accelerated growth strategy for the leading developer of rugged outdoor audio and lighting solutions. Poggi previously worked with Harman and Bose, and most recently served as co-CEO of the McIntosh Group.

With the appointment of Poggi as president, Coastal Source co-founder Franco D’Ascanio assumes the position of CEO, where he will continue to lead R&D efforts. Harold Zimmermann takes on the role of chairman of the board. “We are very excited to welcome Jeff to our internal and external team of best in industry staff, reps, and dealers,” D’Ascanio said today. “He brings a wealth of expertise in brand building, new product development, customer service, and collaborative engagement with dealers, integrators, and channel partners — all of which will help us to achieve our long-term growth objectives.”

D’Ascanio, who founded Coastal Source in 2009, notes that, “We have come a long way since our humble beginnings. Jeff brings to Coastal Source a proven track record of world class brand building with a strong emphasis on building quality and adding value to all areas of the company. Our mutual goal is to build upon all the things everyone loves about Coastal Source and take it to a level that sets a new bar for outdoor living and entertainment.”

Today, the global outdoor lighting market is valued at just under $15.5 billion (2022), with an anticipated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent from 2023 to 2030. The much larger global audio equipment market grew to just over $33 billion (2022), with a predicted CAGR of 2.8 percent from 2023 to 2030.

In his new role, Poggi will be based in Moorestown, N.J., overseeing local activities including sales, marketing, operations, and customer service.

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