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Mark Terry Announces Retirement After 35 Years of Excellence in the Professional Audio and Musical Products Industry

Christian Wissmuller • MMR GlobalPeopleUpfront • August 16, 2023

Mark Terry, a distinguished figure in the professional audio and musical products industry, has announced his pending retirement after an illustrious career spanning over 35 years. Throughout his journey, Mark has carved a legacy of leadership, innovation, and thought leadership, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

Mark will retire from his role as CEO of JAM US Music Group and President of KMC Music on September 30, 2023. Mark’s career has been marked by a series of impressive accomplishments and impactful contributions to several renowned companies in the field. From Harman and JBL to Fender and, most recently KMC Music, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to drive growth, inspire teams, and push the boundaries of technological and creative possibilities.

At Harman, where Mark served in many roles, including President of Harman Pro Group, he played an instrumental role in shaping the company’s global dominance in audio technology. Under his leadership, Harman forged strategic partnerships, embraced emerging trends, and delivered products that enriched the lives of countless music enthusiasts.

He followed his long tenure at Harman as an executive for Fender, which led him to his initial involvement with KMC Music. Over the last 8-years, Mark has overseen an important evolution for KMC Music, evolving it from a legacy distributor to an enterprise built to thrive in the changing marketplace. As CEO of JAM US Music Group, he also headed up Marshall USA and Davitt & Hanser. Stuart Frenkel, CEO of Exertis | JAM, explains, “Mark has been an exceptional leader, guiding JAM US Music Group to new heights during some especially challenging times. We thank him for his vision and leadership. The foundation that he built has set us up for the future.”

Beyond his roles within various companies, Mark Terry has earned a reputation as a thought leader through his insightful contributions to industry discussions, conferences, and publications. He recently served as a member of the NAMM Board as he continues to invest in the future of the industry.

As Mark embarks on this new chapter of his life, he leaves behind a legacy of excellence, innovation, and unwavering dedication. His retirement will undoubtedly be a loss to the industry, but his impact will resonate through the products, companies, and individuals he has touched.

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