The Sennheiser Group announced that it is entering 2023 with a newly formed management team, which includes representatives from its Pro Audio, Business Communication and Neumann business units as well as Supply Chain, Corporate Functions and Development, who with co-CEOs Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser will implement the strategic goals of the group.
The new Executive Management Board (EMB) includes Greg Beebe (executive vice president Professional Audio), Ron Holtdijk (executive vice president Business Communication), Ralf Oehl (CEO Georg Neumann GmbH), Steffen Heise (CFO), Dr. Andreas Fischer (COO) and Markus Redelstab (CTO). Peter Claussen and Thomas Weinzierl, who were previously COOs responsible for Professional Business and Supply Chain, will also remain on the EMB before their respective retirements in the course of the years 2023 and 2024. In the intervening period, they will gradually hand over their operational tasks to the new EMB.
In the future, Co-CEOs Dr. Andreas and Daniel Sennheiser will primarily focus on corporate management and strategy development and devote more time to customers, while the other EMB members will manage the operational business. Yasmine Riechers and Mareike Oer complete the leadership of the Sennheiser Group as an extended management team, representing the Corporate Development Office and Brand & Corporate Communication.
“With the integration of the business units into the EMB, our customers are moving even more into focus,” says co-CEO Andreas Sennheiser. “In the future, their very different needs will be represented at the highest management level and included in all decisions, enabling us to act even closer to the market.” The inclusion of product development into the direct scope of the EMB also reflects the great importance of this area and the associated efforts to align innovations and new technologies even more closely with customer needs. And by dovetailing all central functions with the business units, the different perspectives will be brought together in a new, strong management team.
With the changes in the Executive Board, Sennheiser’s North America organization has been able to promote several colleagues across the business unit. Mark Posgay has been appointed senior vice president, Global Sales, Professional Audio, overseeing the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions. Leading the local sales team is Edward Capp, who is now vice president, Sales, Professional Audio Americas. Other changes in the Professional Audio organization include newly hired Barry Mitchell, sales director, Professional Audio West USA, Matt Buckner, manager, Business Development Americas, and Greg Simon, newly promoted to regional manager Americas, Technical Applications Engineering.
“With this step, we are adapting our management structure to our new corporate positioning with a focus on the Professional Business,” explains co-CEO Daniel Sennheiser. “At the same time, we are further developing our leadership culture – in line with our corporate culture.”
The co-CEOs have already been leading the family-owned company in a dual leadership as part of a management team since 2013. The new set-up, whose introduction was accompanied by Peter Claussen, is also shaped by this management philosophy. “We are firmly convinced that rigid hierarchies in corporate management are outdated. Just as we as co-CEOs share overall responsibility for our family-owned company, we will also shape the path for Sennheiser in the expanded management team,” concludes Andreas Sennheiser. “After all, the most important guarantor of our future success is the people who work together worldwide under the umbrella of the Sennheiser Group. Our shared culture and our passion for what we do unite us. With the new EMB setup, we are also reflecting this ethos in our corporate management.”