Costa Mesa, CA (January 25, 2007)–Key changes have been made in senior management at QSC, with Joe Pham now serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. As the new COO, Pham steps up to an office long occupied by QSC’s John Andrews, who will move to jointly share the duties of CEO with his brother Barry Andrews. Barry Andrews has been serving QSC in a dual capacity as CEO and Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, but has now relinquished all sales and marketing responsibilities, and the position of Senior VP of Sales and Marketing will be effectively eliminated.
The newly realigned QSC Senior Management team (l-r): John Andrews (co-CEO), Joe Pham (COO), and Barry Andrews (co-CEO).”One of the secrets to QSC’s longevity and robust health has been our willingness to adapt, learn, and grow in capability through self-development and the addition of new talent,” Barry Andrews said upon announcing the organizational changes.
“As a company we’ve gone from a few struggling guys building and selling guitar amps directly out of our shop to an international pro audio leader employing hundreds of people. Pat [Quilter], John, and I are entrepreneurs-individuals who are comfortable with ambiguity and risk. None of us have formal management training. The company, however, is at a size now where professionally trained leadership can add significantly to our overall effectiveness. Simply put, we want to inject the next level of expertise into our daily operations in order to provide the most opportunity for everyone involved.”
Within the new order, QSC founder and chief designer Pat Quilter will continue to steer research and development on QSC’s next generation of amplifiers. The origins of QSC date back to 1968, when Quilter, backed by borrowed money from family and friends, formed the Quilter Sound Company in a 400 square-foot rented garage not far from QSC’s contemporary corporate headquarters. Fate drew Barry Andrews to the operation not long after when his motorcycle broke down nearby, forcing a chance meeting with Quilter that resulted in a job offer. John Andrews, who worked summers at the shop while studying business at the University of Southern California, took control of the company’s finances upon graduation, and his brother began to oversee sales and marketing. With Quilter still at the helm of design and engineering, the company was incorporated under the name QSC Audio Products, Inc. in 1979.
Joe Pham was recruited by QSC and groomed for the COO post based upon “his ability to fulfill and implement the company’s core vision and strategies while promoting its values and ethics,” says the announcement. Pham, a UCLA graduate with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, will report directly to Barry and John Andrews within the new corporate hierarchy. His duties will include day-to-day management of sales, marketing, R&D, operations, human resources, finance, and strategy.
Pham joined the QSC ranks in 2004 as the company’s Chief Strategy and Technology Officer. Just prior to joining QSC, he spent four years with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm specializing in solving issues of concern for large corporations and organizations. While with McKinsey, Pham worked with chief executives from Fortune 50 and 500 companies in many different industries and in many business areas. Pham’s resume also includes time spent as a professor in UCLA’s Electrical Engineering Department, and with Raytheon’s Adaptive Signal Processing Group.
“We aren’t trying to build a caretaker administration devoted to the status quo by naming Joe COO,” Barry Andrews added. “Actually, we are expecting and encouraging just the opposite. Joe may share our vision, but it’s totally up to him to remain flexible and adapt to the needs of the times and a healthy, growing organization.”
QSC is a worldwide brand. The product line includes power amplifiers, loudspeakers, signal processing, digital signal transport, and computer control systems for various segments of the professional audio market.
QSC Audio Products