Andy Trott, president of Harman's Soundcraft Studer console operation, has been named president of the AKG microphone division as well. He replaces Stefan Grubi, who is returning to the telecom industry.
Trott has a background as a digital engineer and a recording musician. He said in the announcement, "AKG has always been a brand I have revered, and having now met with many of the team in Austria I can see many synergies with the new product development programs we have been pursuing in Soundcraft Studer."
Harman's strategy, he said, has been to bring its microphone and headphone businesses closer to its mixer brands, to capitalize on engineering innovations in both.
Trott has been with Soundcraft Studer since 2003. He also has worked at Pace and DCE Communications. Harman credits him with being the architect of the "digitalization" of Soundcraft Studer's business since he joined six years ago.
He promised minimal change: "We will obviously look for efficiencies and make sensible changes, but AKG is running well, much to the credit of Stefan's work over the past four years. Nigel Beaumont, our VP of operations, has been running our manufacturing operations across all three brands for almost a year now and the marketing teams, in line with all Harman Professional brands, work together on a daily basis so the businesses are comfortable working together."