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Future growth focus for d&b audiotechnik

The shake up of the loudspeaker manufacturer continues

d&b audiotechnik have created a new advisory board to develop the company’s strategic growth, with a focus on strengthening its segment strategy, including installed applications, as well as working on its internal structure and processes.

The company appointed Dr Rolf Hagemann (pictured right), ex-CFO and deputy CEO of Media-Saturn, as chairman of the board to support development of the company’s strategy. Previously, Hagemann spent 12 years with BMW AG in a number of management positions, including as CFO and executive vice president of BMW North America.

The board is also made up of Paul Whiting (pictured right), former president of Global Sales of Sennheiser and member of the Sennheiser Executive Committee, and David Claringbold (pictured left), former director of the Sydney Opera House.

Both have a strong footprint in the PA market. Whiting, with his background in global sales, will support d&b with its go-to-market and globalisation strategy.

Claringbold, who implemented sweeping changes and major technical upgrades at the Sydney Opera House, will draw on this experience to drive significant revenue growth and develop its segment strategy.

d&b CEO Amnon Harman says the wealth of experience at every level of business operation within the new advisory board is a huge resource. “Individually, they are all remarkable businessmen with exemplary careers and an impressive list of achievements to their name. Collectively their experience is just staggering, and I am very proud that they have chosen to share it with d&b. The advisory board’s support will strengthen our strategic development and ensure that we are optimally positioned for future growth,” he says.

Hagemann says: “With their passion and their commitment the management and the employees have put d&b in an outstanding position in the marketplace and have achieved a tremendous business success over the years. The whole advisory board is delighted to support the management team to continue the success story and steer the company into a new dimension.”

The advisory board appointments come in a year of change for the German-based loudspeaker manufacturer. In late February, private investment company Ardian, working alongside the existing board of directors, announced its intention to acquire d&b audiotechnik GmbH from current owners Odewald & Compagnie and COBEPA.

In July, d&b announced that it was joining the AVB-supporting AVnu Alliance, which in recent months has only witnessed members leaving its number. d&b does not presently offer any AVB-compliant products, “but obviously, having just joined the AVnu Alliance this can be expected to change in the future,” say d&b product manager Vicent Perales.