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In memoriam: Atsunori Abe

test 18 August 2009

JAPAN: The former general manager of Audio-Technica Corporation International Department (Japan) passed away on July 10, reports David Davies. In a career with the microphone giant that began in 1978 and ended with his retirement in 2005, Atsunori Abe (pronounced AH-bay) served in both his aforementioned role and on the board of directors.

Abe’s achievements at A-T were considerable. He was instrumental in launching key products including the AT4033 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, and was also closely involved in important product ranges such as the 30 Series and Artist Elite Series. In addition, Abe helped to grow the profile of the company on a global basis, not least through a supplier relationship with the Olympic Games that began in 1992.

Audio-Technica US president/CEO Phil Cajka commented: "Abe-san was a driving force in developing worldwide global sales for the Audio-Technica brand in ways that combined his traditional Japanese perspective with true international savvy," said Phil Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President/CEO.

Cajka continued, "He was a talented man and a trusted business partner. He educated us all on Japanese culture and business practices, always with a wonderful sense of humor and a natural curiosity and adventurousness. He loved music, especially American country music, and he loved fine wines and good cigars. For his contributions to Audio-Technica and the industry, as well as all the lives he touched, he will not be forgotten.

Audio-Technica U.S. would like to show our gratitude and love in honor of Abe-san and extend our sympathies to his family, friends, business partners and everyone who knew him."

Abe passed away in his native Japan and is survived by two brothers, a sister, his wife and their three daughters.

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