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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 4, 2013) – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Angress to the position of Senior Vice President of Global Sales.

Angress has more than 30 years of music industry experience, including his own global consulting firm, Executive Vice President for Guitar Center, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Harman Pro North America, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for AKG Acoustics, Inc.

Angress brings a keen understanding of FMIC products, markets and customers, and will bring a new sense of accountability and leadership to the sales team. In addition, he will lead the development of a comprehensive and credible international sales growth strategy.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome David to FMIC,” said Larry Thomas, chief executive officer. “After spending many years in the field leading sales and marketing efforts for various key brands in the music industry, David’s knowledge of creating, communicating and executing strategic sales programs will re-energize our efforts domestically and in emerging markets around the globe.”

Angress will report to Thomas and will be based in the Scottsdale, Ariz. headquarters office.

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About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation  Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, Takamine®, Guild®, EVH®, Ovation®, Charvel® and Groove Tubes®, among others. For more information, visit www.fender.com.

KMC Music, a division of FMIC, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments, accessories and stage lighting equipment, whose brands include Gretsch® Drums, Gibraltar® Hardware, Latin Percussion®, Toca® Percussion, Sabian® cymbals and MBT Lighting, among others. For more information, visit www.kmcmusic.com.

Media Contact: Jason Farrell (FMIC)

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