Stow, OH (September 21, 2020)—Audio-Technica U.S. president/CEO Phil Cajka has announced his pending retirement March 31, 2021, after being with the organization since 1981. As of August 1, 2020, Manabu Aoki, who currently holds the position of Audio-Technica Corp. Japan general manager, International Division, became the new A-T U.S. chief executive officer. Cajka will remain as president until his retirement, to help ensure a smooth leadership transition. Prior to joining Audio-Technica, Aoki served as president of JVC Professional Europe, Ltd. and vice president of JVC Europe, Headquartered in London, UK.
Cajka joined Audio-Technica in 1981 and was appointed president and CEO in 1996. During his tenure, Cajka saw Audio-Technica U.S. grow and expand its footprint in the U.S. as it introduced industry mainstay microphones, headphones, turntables, and more. Under Cajka’s leadership, the company forged industry relationships and participated in high-profile events such as the GRAMMY Awards, CMAs, Latin GRAMMYs, the Super Bowl and more. Cajka also served as a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) board of directors.
“Audio-Technica has been one of my life’s passions,” said Cajka, “and I am honored to have worked with everyone at A-T U.S. and our parent company in Japan. I am extremely proud of what Audio-Technica now stands for, and I am preparing the company for its next phase of growth. I am very confident in our management team, and having worked with Mr. Aoki for years, I know he is the best choice to lead the company into its next chapter of success.”
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