Newmarket, NH — Russound has promoted Charlie Porritt to the position of CEO, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Russound’s president, Maureen K. Baldwin and Joe Brouillet, who served as Russound’s CEO from September 2007. Brouillet is retiring in January 2009 and moving into a part-time role as senior advisor to the CEO.
“Charlie quickly rose through our ranks, and with good reason,” Brouillet said. “He epitomizes professionalism with a mix of smarts, integrity and complete dedication to our customers.”
Porritt first joined Russound in 2000, beginning as a regional manger before quickly moving into the national sales director’s role and, in 2007, vice president of sales. It was during this period that Russound advanced to the head of the multi-room audio category.
Porritt’s resume includes successful sales stints with noted manufacturers, SpeakerCraft, Harman International, BIC, and Jamo. Throughout his career, he has focused on the custom installation and home theater specialty markets with an eye toward growing the industry for all participants, from distributors to integrators and other manufacturers.
“Russound is without a doubt one of the most recognized and reputable manufacturers in the business,” Porritt said. “Everything we design and bring to market has to serve a specific purpose while giving our customers the tools they need to grow their bottom lines.”
“Right from the start, I felt a real passion for the company,” Porritt added. “I could see that there was a focus on customer satisfaction and products, which I believe is the most important reason why we are the leading brand in our industry.”