Shure announced today that its president and CEO Santo ‘Sandy’ LaMantia will retire on 1 July 2016. He will be succeeded by COO/executive vice-president of global operations, marketing and sales Christine ‘Chris’ Schyvinck (Schyvinck will take on the title president on 1 January ahead of the planned succession).
LaMantia joined Shure in November of 1995 as vice-president of engineering and was appointed president/CEO in May 1996.
“My time at Shure has been not only a privilege, but a dream come true,” he says, “combining my truest passions: music and engineering. It has been an honor to serve at the helm of a company that sets the bar for integrity, quality, innovation and cooperation.
“Today Shure enjoys outstanding growth, and now with a solid transition in place the timing is right for me to step aside and spend more time with my family. Having someone with Chris’s skills, experience and natural leadership ready to take the reins has made my decision all the easier.”
Schyvinck joined Shure in 1989 and led the operations division before taking over global marketing and sales in 2006.
“It is an honour to be named Sandy’s successor,” says Schyvinck (pictured). “Over the years, Sandy and I have worked closely to drive the vision for the company’s growth, and I’m confident that we’ve already built a strong foundation that will see us far into the future. I’m delighted that Sandy will be here for the next nine months, helping me transition into this new role.
“Shure has long established its position in the marketplace as an innovator focused on unmatched quality and reliability. With our talented team of associates around the world, I’m confident we will continue to bring this vision to life and move the company forward. I’m humbled to step into this new role, excited by the challenge and thankful to the Shure board of directors for its support.”
“Sandy and I selected Chris as a possible successor almost 15 years ago,” adds Shure chairman Rose L. Shure. “It is very rewarding to see our long-range plan for her come to fruition.”