Indianapolis (December 9, 2003)–Klipsch Audio Technologies announced Thursday that Paul Jacobs will be promoted to the position of president. According to chairman and owner Fred Klipsch, Jacobs will assume responsibility for all company operations on January 1, 2004.
For the past three years, Jacobs has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Klipsch Worldwide Products Group. He was responsible for overall direction of the company’s sales, marketing, engineering and product development functions, as well as being a critical member of the senior management team.
Prior to becoming executive vice president and COO, Jacobs progressed through several executive level positions at Klipsch, including executive vice president, company vice president and vice president of worldwide sales. He first joined Klipsch as a manufacturer’s representative in 1991 after having served as sales manager for Lyons & Associates, a consumer electronics rep firm, and regional sales manager for Fretter Appliance. Altogether, Jacobs’ career represents retail, manufacturing, sales and management experience totaling over 21 years.
“I want to thank Paul for his hard work, leadership, commitment and dedication,” Fred Klipsch said. “Klipsch has achieved an important leadership position within the consumer electronics industry, which is a great source of pride for all of us. With an awe-inspiring number of new and ground-breaking products on their way, a world-class team assembled to make, market and sell them, and with Paul Jacobs as the president of our organization, the future of Klipsch Audio Technologies has never looked brighter.”
Jacobs said music has always been a driving force in his life and it is the reason he is so passionate about high-performance audio. He started playing guitar at the age of 12 and built his first high-end audio system a year later. He played guitar in bands around his hometown of Indianapolis and recorded his first 45 record while in high school. Jacobs moved to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, performed with several bands and recorded an album with jazz guitarist Wa Wa Watson.
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