INDIANAPOLIS (February 25, 2014) — Klipsch Group, Inc., owner of the Klipsch, Energy and Jamo audio brands, today announces the appointment of Oscar Bernardo as president of global operations. Bernardo, who previously served as senior vice president of sales and operations for Klipsch Group Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), assumes the role following a career of operations management that includes eight years with the company.
“Oscar brings nearly 30 years of operations experience to our leadership team and has earned the reputation as a trusted and respected leader throughout his time with us,” said Paul Jacobs, CEO of Klipsch Group. “In addition to controlling our inventory during the recession, he has spent his recent years face to face with existing and potential customers who serve the European, Middle Eastern and African markets. Proving invaluable will be Oscar’s in-depth knowledge of both the challenges and opportunities facing our company and industry each day.”
Since joining Klipsch Group in 2006, Bernardo has occupied numerous senior level management roles and played an integral part in communicating the company’s mission and vision with its global partners. Shortly after joining Klipsch Group, he was promoted to senior vice president of operations. Most recently as senior vice president of sales and operations for the EMEA sector, he was responsible for all aspects of business involving the Klipsch, Energy and Jamo audio brands throughout 19 countries spanning three continents.
“After many years and noteworthy industry experiences, it is an incredible honor to continue my work in this new position alongside individuals that have earned my utmost respect both personally and professionally,” said Bernardo. “Klipsch Group possesses great opportunity for growth and success, and I look forward to playing a role in our company story as we continue to make waves with new and existing product lines and categories.”
With his new team of engineers, program managers, financial analysts, vendors and more, Bernardo is immediately focused on making Klipsch Group an even stronger competitor in its respective market segments. Alongside CEO Paul Jacobs, he looks to carry out the company’s current vision that will result in numerous new product launches in 2014. These launches include home separates, commercial and personal audio products from Klipsch, home separates and subwoofers from Jamo, as well as passive speakers and soundbars from Energy. For the long term, he will be focused on performance excellence within the company to build a more profitable, sustainable and scalable entity.
Previously, Bernardo served in executive and management level positions focused on operations at Audio Products International, Fineline Circuits Limited and Campeau Corporation. He also holds a HBA and MBA from the University of Western Ontario.
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About Klipsch Group, Inc.
Klipsch Group, Inc. (KGI) is a leading global manufacturer of premium sound solutions for the consumer and professional markets. With the legendary Klipsch, Jamo and Energy brands under its corporate umbrella, KGI offers more than 160 collective years of superior engineering and world-class research and development experience. Today, KGI is responsible for the sales of hundreds of premium speakers for every lifestyle, application and budget. The company’s diverse product portfolio encompasses home theater, professional cinema, installed whole-house contracting, commercial, computer speakers, wireless speakers and headphones. Klipsch Group, Inc. is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX).