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Audio-Technica’s Phil Cajka To Retire, Manabu Aoki Becomes CEO


Phil Cajka, President and CEO of Audio-Technica U.S., will retire March 31, 2021, after being with the organization since 1981. Cajka, who has led the U.S. division of the company since his appointment as President and CEO in 1996, has helped advance Audio-Technica’s position in the industry by launching new products, building strong customer relations and expanding the company’s footprint in the U.S.

Effective August 1, 2020, Manabu Aoki, who currently holds 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 VP of JVC Europe, headquartered in London, UK.

“Audio-Technica has been one of my life’s passions, and I am honored to have worked with everyone at A-T U.S. and our parent company in Japan. I am extremely proud of what Audio-Technica now stands for, and I am preparing the company for its next phase of growth,” Cajka said. “I am very confident in our management team, and having worked with Mr. Aoki for years, I know he is the best choice to lead the company into its next chapter of success. After being with A-T for almost four decades, this is the right time for me to pass the baton and move forward to the next chapter of my life.”

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