Stamford, CT – May 18, 2020 – JBL has been named a two-time award-winner from this year’s Ragan and PR Daily’s Communicators of the Year and Rising Star Awards, which recognizes the industry’s best individual communications practitioners and teams. The awards honor the JBL Marketing team as the “Marketing Team of the Year” and celebrate Denise Daly, Head of U.S. Lifestyle Public Relations Branding, Product and Luxury at HARMAN as “Corporate PR Professional of the Year”.

The Ragan and PR Daily’s Communicators of the Year and Rising Star Awards are designed to showcase the industry’s most impressive communications programs, highlighting the individuals and teams delivering impressive results and exceeding expectations in their field. “The JBL Team set themselves apart from an outstanding field of entrants,” said Brendan Gannon, Marketing Manager for Awards Programs at Ragan Communications and PR Daily. “Their work was exceptional and displayed their innovative strategies for achieving success. Congratulations, JBL. We look forward to your continued success.”

Within the last year, the marketing team at HARMAN has worked together to amplify the JBL brand, focusing on attracting a younger consumer audience through global events and campaigns at the intersection of music, sports and culture. The dynamic individuals that make up this team include Ralph Santana, Chief Marketing Officer; Chris Epple, Vice President of Consumer Marketing; Kheri Tillman, Vice President of Global Brand Development; Katie Raymond, Head of U.S. Digital Marketing and Social Media; Amanda Wormald, Director of Sports Partnerships; Denise Daly, Head of U.S. Lifestyle Public Relations; Jennifer Liang, Director of Global Marketing; Andrea Seib, Director of Consumer Engagement; Connie Tsang, Manager of Experiential Engagement; Lisa Mathew, Manager of Sports and Partnership Activations; Tara Mills, Marketing Specialist; Bianca Hopkins, Marketing Specialist; Michael Craig, Global Director of Marketing Communications; and Angelica Corona, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist.

“We are honored by these recognitions, and I’m thrilled to congratulate my team for all of the great work they’ve accomplished.” said Ralph Santana, Chief Marketing Officer at HARMAN.

An integral part of the marketing team, Denise Daly was dubbed a “People of the Year” in her field, named Corporate PR Professional of the Year. Under her leadership, Daly elevated the company’s PR program, raising JBL’s cultural voice, PR reach, and online engagement amongst its target audience. She did this by successfully executing nine major campaigns, including JBL Fest, a three-day brand event, which garnered global press coverage, and storytelling through ambassadors and influencers, which generated consumer excitement and conversations.

More details about Ragan and PR Daily’s Communicators of the Year and Rising Star Awards, along with a full list of winners is available at


JBL creates the amazing sound that shapes life’s most epic moments. From iconic events like Woodstock and concerts at Madison Square Garden, to games at Yankee Stadium and weekend road trips, JBL elevates listeners’ experiences with award-winning audio that lets them make the most of every moment. Used by some of the world's greatest musicians and elite athletes in basketball, baseball and esports, JBL has unmatched professional credentials and over 70 years of delivering industry leading innovation. JBL is the authority in engineering superior sound.


HARMAN International (, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co, LTD., designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.

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