Atsunori Abe, former general manager of Audio-Technica’s International Department, died last month.
He was key in expanding Audio-Technica’s international presence along with its product offerings, the company stated. He championed a number of lines, notably the 30 and 40 series lines of affordable quality microphones. He also promoted the Artist Elite series along with 5000 UHF wireless microphone system series. Additionally, he pressed for a closer relationship with the Olympics, giving A-T a higher profile.
His interest was not limited to the pro markets; he encouraged an expansion of A-T’s consumer headphone line.
Phil Cajka, U.S. president for Audio-Technica said: “Abe-san led the growth of global sales for Audio-Technica Corp. with a truly international perspective, combined with traditional Japanese values culture.” Cajka added, “[He] had a good sense of adventure and humor and he was someone who truly enjoyed American country music, a fine red wine and a good cigar.”
Atsunori Abe joined Audio-Technica in 1978. He was later a board member. He retired in 2005.