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People in Business: Feb. 9, 2014

David Magagna, of Grantham, who was the director of international sales and marketing at PRS Guitars, retired on Feb. 1. Magagna had been with the Stevenville, Md., company since 2002 and was the head of the international sales division, establishing a network of more than 55 distributorships in 74 countries throughout Asia, Europe and Africa, the company said in a news release last week. Magagna began his professional career with CF Martin guitars in 1962 and became the company’s first vice president of sales and exports. Magagna was also one of the first Americans to exhibit at the Frankfurt MusikMesse (the oldest and largest trade fair in the world) and to establish a network of highly successful distributorships throughout Europe and Asia, Paul Reed Smith, working founder and managing partner, said in the release. In 1975, he founded Cobble Hill International with Diane Magagna. From 1987 to 1989, Magagna served as president of Guild Guitars, in Westerly, R.I., and in 1990, cofounded Rhode Island International Trade Corp. In 1992, Magagna became the first director of international sales at Taylor guitars, where he remained until 2001. After the attack on the World Trade Centers, Magagna served as a volunteer at Ground Zero, working as hydration support site supervisor for five months.

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