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CODA Audio UK names first managing director

CODA Audio has announced the appointment of Rich Rowley as managing director of the newly created CODA Audio UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of the CODA Audio Group.

Rowley has worked in the industry for 30 years and brings a high level of technical and commercial expertise to the role. He has assisted in the design of products such as BSS Audio’s Omnidrive, Varicurve and Soundweb platforms, as well as sound design credits in EDM, Theatre, Touring and Festivals. In addition he also has a commercial background involving the development and implementation of distribution channels and strategies for pro audio manufacturers across EMEA and product lifecycle management in loudspeaker manufacturing.

“The opportunity to take the reins in the UK of a brand that is truly moving the game forward was too good to miss,” said Rowley. “I had heard much about CODA’s reputation but hearing the systems and then speaking to people who were so clearly passionate about what they have created, completely sold me. Overall advancement in loudspeaker technology has been slow in recent years but CODA has bucked this trend and sets a new benchmark. For someone with my creative and commercial background this is a very exciting prospect. I believe I’ve joined a world class team that is actually defining the future of professional audio.”

Paul Ward, sales and marketing director at CODA Audio added: “The recent establishment of CODA Audio USA and CODA Audio Deutschland has seen us bring on board some formidable talent and Rich without doubt fits that bill in the UK. His track record in the industry speaks for itself – as a sound designer he’s worked on projects such as Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage and Fabric nightclub, so his grasp of the technology is indisputable. Rich’s ability to build strong business relationships throughout his career has been the backbone of his extensive commercial success and we’re very pleased to have such a trusted and skilled practitioner leading our UK operation.”