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d&b reveals management changes

d&b audiotechnik has announced that CEO of d&b Corporation, Colin Beveridge, has transferred his responsibilities in the Americas to the next generation as part of a planned retirement.

Following the transition, Beveridge, who has been CEO of d&b Corporation since its inception in the mid 1990s, will remain on board as senior strategic advisor for the management team in the Americas and company headquarters in Backnang, Germany.

William Cornell has succeeded as territory manager for the Americas and president and CEO of d&b audiotechnik US Group, effective 10 July 2017.

I will support William in a direct role until February 2018 to ensure a smooth transition

Colin Beveridge

Beveridge continued: “Like our audio systems, the essential character and performance of d&b will remain consistent. But it will be rejuvenated by the energy I know William will bring to his new role. What is important now is to concentrate on ensuring a smooth transition; then to focus on the future endeavours of d&b in my new role.”

Cornell, who has been with d&b for 13 years, was previously responsible for sales and technical services in the US. In his new role he will report to chief sales officer, Stephan Greiner, based in Backnang, Germany.

Also effective 10 July, Jan Scheffels has moved into the newly created post of chief operating officer of d&b in the Americas. In his new role Scheffels takes responsibility for customer service, finance/controlling, human resources, IT, legal and buildings. He will be based in Asheville, North Carolina, reporting to Cornell and has already relocated from Germany to the USA.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Colin for his ground breaking work and many successes over the years,” said Group CEO Amnon Harman. “Under his responsibility d&b in North America has grown from an almost unknown German brand, to one of the leading providers of professional audio solutions in the Americas. This market now stands for 30% of the revenue of d&b worldwide. I am convinced that our powerful team across the Americas will further develop this growth market under the leadership of William and Jan.”

Picture L-R: William Cornell, Colin Beveridge, Jan Scheffels