Vienna, Austria (June 3, 2010)–Andy Trott, President of Harman’s mixer business Soundcraft Studer, has also been made responsible for AKG, headquartered in Vienna, Austria.
Stefan Gubi, who has headed up AKG for the past five years, is departing at the end of June, returning to a senior post in the telecom industry from where he originated prior to joining AKG.
Trott expected minimal organizational change, noting, “We will obviously look for efficiencies and make sensible changes, but AKG is running well, much to the credit of Stefan’s work over the past four years. Nigel Beaumont, our VP of Operations, has been running our manufacturing operations across all three brands for almost a year now and the marketing teams, in line with all Harman Professional brands, work together on a daily basis so the businesses are comfortable working together.”
The move falls into Harman’s strategy of developing ‘centers of excellence,’ said Trott, remarking, “By bringing our microphone and headphone business closer together with our mixer brands, we will be able to capitalize on engineering innovations currently under way in both camps–for example, we have several digital programs in place that can benefit from sharing one another’s creativity.”
For now, Trott’s primary aim for AKG is to create growth. “Like Studer, AKG has over 60 years of proud history valued by staff, distributors and customers alike, and this is something we want to protect as we pioneer new technologies. No other brands can offer such an integrated set of possibilities for future products as we can.”