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Dynamic changes for DPA Microphones management

CEO of six years leaves leading instrument microphone company

DPA Microphones of Denmark has announced that Kalle Hvidt Nielsen will become the company’s new CEO on 1 September, 2016. Nielsen will succeed interim CEO, Thorsten Reuber, who has managed the company since 25 January.

However, the news comes as something of a surprise to members of the wider pro-audio community, who were not aware that Christian Poulsen, CEO since October 2010, had moved on.

“DPA has made great progress over the last years, which to a large extent is thanks to Christian Poulsen’s efforts,” Reuber told PSNEurope. “Throughout 2015, there was a difference of opinion between the shareholders on the further strategic direction of DPA. It was decided that Christian Poulsen should step down as CEO.

“He is in a good and constructive dialogue with DPA and the other shareholders.”

Poulsen’s arrival saw the departure of DPA co-founder Morten Støve, and the introduction of the ‘d:’ series of microphones: d:vote, d:screet, d:fine and more.

Kalle Hviedt Nielsen is “accustomed to heading up companies that focus on high-quality solutions and cutting-edge technologies”, says DPA. He brings over 15 years of experience in directing technology-focused Danish companies, including Topsil Semiconductor Materials A/S, Bang & Olufsen A/S and Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S.

“Nielsen brings rich experience from the audio industry,” says Reuber. “He is the right person to lead DPA into the next phase of growth, including the development of a broader, more application-oriented and digital product portfolio.