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Stow, OH 07-12-2005 Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. announces the promotion of Karla Kakias to Manager, Human Resources.

In her new position, Kakias will work directly with company officers and department managers to create effective and cohesive human resource strategies. She will direct A-T’s hiring efforts and policies, salary administration, and benefits programs and will address key issues such as safety, training, and ensuring fair employment practices.

Recently designated a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Kakias joined Audio-Technica in 1997 as Administrative Assistant, Operations/HR and was named HR Generalist in 2002. She earned the PHR certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) after fulfilling HCRI’s requirements and successfully completing a rigorous exam.

Audio-Technica Vice President of Operations Richard Sprungle commented, “Karla’s expertise, her integrity and her drive make her an important asset for our team. She has been instrumental in helping Audio-Technica develop human resource strategies that complement our business strategies. Her recent PHR certification confirms her commitment to A-T’s success. Employee satisfaction is critical to overall achievement — and Karla helps us create a company culture that fosters happy and productive employees.”

Celebrating over 40 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: