Audio-Technica’s Cajka to Retire After 25 Years as CEO; Replaced by Manabu Aoki

Audio-Technica (A-T) announced that Audio-Technica U.S. president and CEO Phil Cajka will retire March 31, after being with the organization since 1981. Cajka, who has led A-T U.S. since his appointment as president and CEO in 1996, has continually advanced Audio-Technica’s position in the industry with unprecedented growth, launched groundbreaking products, increased A-T’s dealer network, led the company to expand into new markets and guided the company’s participation in numerous high-profile industry events, stated A-T.

Effective Aug. 1, Manabu Aoki, who held the position of Audio-Technica Corp. Japan general manager, International Division, became the new A-T U.S. CEO. Cajka, who over the years has had a close working relationship with Aoki, will remain as president until his retirement, to help ensure a smooth leadership transition. Prior to joining Audio-Technica, Aoki served as President of JVC Professional Europe Ltd. and vice president of JVC Europe, headquartered in London, UK.

Cajka joined Audio-Technica in 1981 and was appointed president and CEO in 1996, a position he has held up until today. During his tenure, Cajka saw Audio-Technica U.S. introduce innovative market-driven products, creating initiatives to further strengthen Audio-Technica’s brand name equity and position in the industry while more than doubling the company’s size, building strong customer relations, and expanding the company’s footprint in the U.S. During this time, A-T kept its focus on technology, quality and customer relations, establishing the next level of customer service with A-T’s Audio Solutions Department, a resource for dealers and end users seeking clear technical or product advice and application assistance. […]