DPA Microphones of Denmark has announced that Kalle Hvidt Nielsen will become the company's new CEO on 1 September, 2016. Nielsen will succeed interim CEO, Thorsten Reuber, who has managed the company since 25 January.
However, the news comes as something of a surprise to members of the wider pro-audio community, who were not aware that Christian Poulsen, CEO since October 2010, had moved on.
“DPA has made great progress over the last years, which to a large extent is thanks to Christian Poulsen's efforts,” Reuber told PSNEurope. “Throughout 2015, there was a difference of opinion between the shareholders on the further strategic direction of DPA. It was decided that Christian Poulsen should step down as CEO.
“He is in a good and constructive dialogue with DPA and the other shareholders.”
Poulsen’s arrival saw the departure of DPA co-founder Morten Støve, and the introduction of the ‘d:’ series of microphones: d:vote, d:screet, d:fine and more.
Kalle Hviedt Nielsen is “accustomed to heading up companies that focus on high-quality solutions and cutting-edge technologies”, says DPA. He brings over 15 years of experience in directing technology-focused Danish companies, including Topsil Semiconductor Materials A/S, Bang & Olufsen A/S and Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S.
“Nielsen brings rich experience from the audio industry,” says Reuber. “He is the right person to lead DPA into the next phase of growth, including the development of a broader, more application-oriented and digital product portfolio.