GERMANY: Leading loudspeaker manufacturer d&b audiotechnik has announced the creation of a new advisory board which has been appointed to support the strategy implementation process at d&b. Areas of focus include the continuation of the internationalisation process, strengthening of the segment strategy with particular attention devoted to installed applications, and structural company development on the growth trajectory path.
d&b has appointed a number of high calibre professionals from both inside and outside the industry to form the new advisory board.
Occupying the role of chairman and supporting the overall company strategy development and implementation is Dr. Rolf Hagemann, ex-CFO and deputy CEO of Media-Saturn, Europe’s leading consumer electronics retailer. Prior to this, Hagemann spent 12 years with BMW AG in a number of top management positions, including his final role as CFO and Executive Vice President of BMW North America.
Joining Hagemann on the board are Paul Whiting, former President of Global Sales of Sennheiser and member of the Sennheiser Executive Committee; and David Claringbold, former Director of the Sydney Opera House. Whiting and Claringbold are both well known and highly regarded industry experts with a strong footprint in the PA market. Whiting, with his compelling background in global sales, will support d&b with its go-to-market and globalisation strategy as part of d&b’s continuing internationalisation, whilst Claringbold will be drawing on his experience at the Sydney Opera House where he implemented sweeping changes and major technical upgrades to drive significant revenue growth. Claringbold will support d&b in further developing its segment strategy with a particular focus on the installation market.
d&b CEO Amnon Harman said: “The wealth of experience at every level of business operation contained within the new advisory board is a huge resource for us. 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. The entire d&b management team is very much looking forward to the collaboration.”
New advisory board chairman Rolf Hagemann added: “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.”