The industry has been paying tribute to pro audio veteran Paul Whiting, who passed away on Friday, June 5 following a short illness.
Whiting, who had served in prominent positions with pro audio giants including Sennheiser and d&b audiotechnik, was a revered figure among his peers and colleagues. He was taken ill suddenly in early May and, despite coming home for a short period, it was quickly apparent that he would not recover. His family were given the opportunity to visit him and say goodbye before he passed away peacefully in hospital.
Whiting began his career at Sennheiser in 1990, after 15 years with former UK partner Hayden Laboratories as the head of its professional division as sales and marketing manager.He was instrumental in establishing Sennheiser UK as a subsidiary and as managing director led the UK’s expansion. In 2007, he became president of global sales and joined the Sennheiser Executive Management Board, helping to double Sennheiser’s turnover between 2006 and 2015. He spent his final year with Sennheiser as president of strategic collaborations, focusing on partnerships with artists, industry partners and organisations.
In 2016, Whiting joined the d&b audiotechnik Advisory Board. As a non-executive director, he contributed significantly to d&b’s development with the expertise and experience he gained in his long and successful career in the industry.
“Paul was the figurehead and driving force behind Sennheiser UK’s achievements during his time as managing director, and later a highly valued member of our management board,” said Sennheiser´s co-CEOs, Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser in a joint statement. . “He was admired and respected by his colleagues, both in the UK and throughout Sennheiser’s global community. We are thankful for his tireless efforts during his time with us. We will all miss him greatly.”
Amnon Harman, d&b Group CEO, said: “Paul was a terrific sales and marketing strategist, and a good friend and mentor to many of us. We will greatly miss his market insights, practicality, and humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul’s family during this difficult time.”
Whiting leaves behind his wife, Sue, two daughters and four grandsons, of whom he was extremely proud and delighted to spend so much more time with in recent years.