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Hartmann Taps Ken Hinman to Lead Its Product Design Efforts; Focus on Core, Multi-Tier Designer Approach and Strategic Partnerships Slated as Top Priorities for Hinman.

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Hartmann Inc., one of the country's oldest luggage and leather goods manufacturers announced today that Ken Hinman (45) would head its product design team. Hinman, who previously oversaw the Sales and Marketing Departments, will carry the title Vice President of Sales and Product Design.

In his new role, Hinman's primary responsibility will be to oversee Hartmann's new product design team, which is focused on reinvigorating Hartmann's core product assortment by uniquely interpreting products from the company's rich heritage and making them relevant to today's savvy consumer.

"Throughout his tenure at Hartmann, Ken Hinman has shown a propensity and a passion for design and innovation as well as a complete understanding of the Hartmann consumer," said David Herman, President of Hartmann. "Product development is the lifeblood of any company and it only makes sense to place such a talented person in such a key role. I look forward to seeing what Ken will do in his new position and am very confident that he will lead the effort to bring Hartmann into the future."

Hinman will continue to oversee all aspects of Hartmann's sales force which places him in a unique position relative to consumer feedback. Being in direct contact with the eyes and ears of the industry, Hinman will be able to effectively and efficiently implement necessary product changes as communicated by Hartmann consumers.

In addition to focusing on Hartmann's core product assortment, Hinman will also concentrate on continuing to develop Hartmann's multi-tier designer approach, which enables the company to utilize a host of designers with varied skills and experience for its diverse product assortment. He will also focus on developing strategic partnerships with other brands as it makes sense for the company.

Hinman joined Hartmann in 2001. His experience before joining Hartmann totals more than sixteen years of sales and marketing experience. Most recently, he was the Director of Sales at Parfums International, a division of Elizabeth Arden, where he oversaw sales and creative development of fragrances. He also spent time at Revlon, Christian Dior and Federated Department Stores. Hinman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Mississippi. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Tara, and their two children.

Since 1877, Hartmann, Inc., has developed, manufactured and marketed the finest luggage and leather goods to meet the travel and business needs of those who appreciate American luxury. Headquartered in Lebanon, TN, Hartmann distributes and sells its luggage, business cases, accessories and personal leather goods in the U.S. and internationally through better-grade department and specialty luggage stores. Hartmann is owned by Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE:BFB), a diversified producer of fine quality consumer products, including Jack Daniel's, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka, Canadian Mist, Fetzer and Bolla Wines and Korbel California Champagnes. For more information about Hartmann, visit www.hartmann.com.
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