VOXX International Board of Directors
John J. Shalam, Chairman, VOXX International Corporation
Patrick M. Lavelle, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), VOXX International Corporation
Charles M. Stoehr, Director, Senior VP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), VOXX International Corporation
Paul C. Kreuch Jr., Director
Peter A. Lesser, Director
Fred S. Klipsch, Director
Ari M. Shalam, Director
Denise Waund Gibson, Director
VOXX International Management Team
Patrick M. Lavelle, Director, President and Chief Executive
Officer, VOXX International Corporation
Charles M. Stoehr, Director, Senior VP, Chief Financial Officer, VOXX International Corporation
Loriann Shelton, Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer, VOXX International Corporation
Ludwig Geis, President, VOXX/Hirschman; President & CEO, Hirschmann Car Communication GmbH, both wholly owned subsidiaries of VOXX International Corporation
T. Paul Jacobs, CEO, Klipsch Group, Inc, — wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation
C. David Geise, CEO, VOXX Accessories Corporation — wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation
Ian Geise, President, VOXX Accessories Corporation —wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation.
Thomas C. Malone, President, VOXX Advanced Solutions Group —division of VOXX International Corporation
Aron Demers, Senior Vice President, VOXX/ Hirschmann Automotive
Mark Finger, Managing Director/CEO, VOXX International German Holdings
Board & Management BiosJohn J. Shalam
John J. Shalam, founded Audiovox Corporation (now VOXX International Corp) in 1965 and was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2005. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of VOXX International (or its predecessor) from 1960 through May 2005.
Shalam was instrumental in building his company from a marketer of one of the world's first in-dash auto sound systems, to a major player in the cellular industry, to a leader in consumer electronics. He is a significant force within the realm of mergers and acquisitions. Shalam was at the helm in 1987 when the company went public and serves today in an advisory capacity.
Shalam leads an active life outside of Audiovox as a member of The Wharton Club of New York and the University of Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin Society. He is a life member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Officer of La Chaíne des Rótisseurs (N.Y. Chapter), member of the Ordre Mondial Du Vin, Fondateur de L' Académie Brillat-Savarin, and Past President and Director of the Old Westbury Horsemen's Foundation.
Shalam is also active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, where he serves on the Board of Industry Leaders (BIL), and is chairman of CEA's Investment Committee as well as chairman of CEA charitable foundation. He was instrumental in helping CEA become an active participant in the Wireless Communications Industry, establishing the Wireless Communications Division in 2001 and acting as its first and founding chairman. Shalam was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame in October 2009. In 1997, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.Patrick M. Lavelle
Patrick M. Lavelle, was elected President and CEO of VOXX International in May 2005 following stints as Vice President of VOXX International, Senior Vice President and President of VOXX Electronics Corp. He was elected to the VOXX International Board of Directors in 1993 and serves as a Director of most of VOXX International's operating subsidiaries.
Lavelle joined VOXX International as an audio salesman and held numerous sales management positions before being appointed Vice President of Mobile Accessory Products in 1980. Under Lavelle's direction, VOXX International began to diversify into the mobile electronics category and quickly became a dominant manufacturer of automotive entertainment and security systems. In 1992, VOXX International's Mobile Division was consolidated into VOXX Electronics Corp, and Lavelle was named its first President.
Under Lavelle, the company has been active on the acquisition front and has expanded its lines and brands including developing a significant international business. Some of the brands acquired include well-known names such as Klipsch, RCA, Acoustic Research, Jensen, Code Alarm and Terk, as well as international brands such as Magnat, Heco and Mac Audio.
A veteran of the consumer electronics industry, Lavelle has been very active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, holding several key committee positions over the years. Among the more significant posts he has held in CEA are Chairman of the In-Vehicle Electronics Board, Chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association and Executive Board. Currently Lavelle sits on the CEA Executive Board as an industry analyst and past chair. He is also active in his community and serves on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Marist College in New York.Charles M. Stoehr
Charles M. Stoehr, has been VOXX International's Chief Financial Officer since 1979 and Senior Vice President since 1990. He has been on the VOXX International Board of Directors since 1987 when the company filed its IPO.
Charles was instrumental in the company's 1987 IPO, the subsequent 144 Subordinated Debenture offering and its ultimate conversion. He also manages the financial side of the company's acquisition program, which has added 10 companies to the VOXX International family to date. In addition, VOXX International's Management Information Services (MIS) group, a staff of nearly 60, reports to Stoehr. In 2009, Stoehr established new company-wide buying and inventory control programs as part of the budgetary controls.
Prior to joining VOXX International, Stoehr was a commercial loan officer at Chase.Paul C. Kreuch, Jr.
Paul C. Kreuch, Jr., was elected to the VOXX International Board of Directors in February 1997 and has been Chairman of the Audit Committee since May 2005. Kreuch was recently a principal at Knightsbridge Advisors LLC. As a search executive, he has completed searches for positions including Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Executive Vice President and other functional senior managers in specialties such as Corporate Banking, Treasury, Finance, Retail Banking and Administration. Prior to entering the search profession, he was a banker for more than 34 years. Kreuch began his banking career at Pittsburgh National Bank and later Wachovia Bank and Trust Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He joined NatWest Bancorp in 1982 and managed the U.S. and Regional banking groups before becoming head of corporate banking and being named President, CEO and a member of the board of NatWest USA. Past affiliations include serving on the Best Practices Council of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Citywide Advisory Board of Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City and the Bankers Roundtable.Peter A. Lesser
Peter A. Lesser, was elected to the VOXX International Board of Directors in 2003. Lesser founded X-10 (USA) Inc., a wholesaler of electronic home control and security systems, and served as its president from 1984 to 2009. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Consumer Electronics Association from 1999 to 2010 and served as its Industry Executive Advisor from 2005 to 2010. In addition, Lesser is a past President of the (electronic) Security Industry Association (SIA).Fred S. Klipsch
Fred S. Klipsch, was elected to the board in 2011. Throughout his career, he has worked with companies both public and private, owning and operating several in the health care space and managing successful sales and public offerings.
Mr. Klipsch is active in many philanthropic organizations with a passion focused on improving the education of underprivileged children. He was the recipient of the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame award in 2006 and was Indiana Heartland's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2000.Ari Shalam
Ari M. Shalam was elected to the board in 2011. He is the eldest son of Chairman John Shalam and has worked with VOXX International both in its former wireless division and with its corporate management prior to transitioning into the real estate business. Mr. Shalam is presently the Managing Director of RWN Real Estate partners LLC, a New York City based real estate private equity fund. Previously, he has worked with Enterprise Asset Management, Taconic Investment Partners and the Kaufman Organization. Over the course of his real estate career, he has successfully led in excess of $1.5 billion in investment and development transactions across numerous real estate asset classes. In addition to serving on the board of VOXX International, Mr. Shalam is currently a trustee of the Trinity School in New York City and a member of the board of directors of Baby Buggy Inc., a not-for-profit charity. Mr. Shalam received his BS-Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Harvard Business School.Denise Waund Gibson
Denise Waund Gibson, was elected to the VOXX International Board for Director in 2015, Mrs. Gibson is a seasoned senior executive and board member with over 30 years of experience in consumer electronics design and manufacturing, logistics and supply chain, distribution and retail services. Ms. Gibson currently serves as the co-founder and Chair of Ice Mobility, launched in 2014, a national provider and distributor of wireless products and supply chain logistics solutions. Prior thereto, Ms. Gibson served as the founder and former President/CEO of Brightstar US and as a director of Brightstar Corp. from 2001 to 2011. Brightstar is a leading services provider to the global wireless industry. Prior to joining Brightstar, she spent 17 years at Motorola. Ms Gibson has also served as a member of the executive board and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Consumer Electronics Association and was former Vice Chair of CTIA's Wireless Foundation. Ms. Gibson's qualifications to serve on the Board include her demonstrated leadership ability, her knowledge of marketing, supply chain logistics, corporate finance and the operational and strategic issues facing the consumer electronics 5 business. Additionally, her prior board service at CEA, CTIA and Brightstar will give her invaluable insight to the issues the Company's Board may consider.Loriann Shelton
Loriann Shelton, was appointed, SR. VP and COO in January of 2016. In this new role, Ms. Shelton will work closely with the Company's leadership team, looking at various process improvement programs to enhance efficiencies among the Company's global subsidiaries. She will oversee the Corporate Shared Services Groups, including Accounting, Accounts Payable, Corporate Compliance, Credit, Customer Service, Display, Human Resources, Logistics, Operations, and Web Services. Additionally, Ms. Shelton will continue in her current role as Chief Accounting Officer, responsible for budgeting, forecasting and management of VOXX International's Accounting and Credit groups.
Shelton will also retain her current responsibilities as CFO of VOXX Electronics Corp, a position she has held since 1994 and CFO of VOXX Accessories Corporation, which she has been since 2007. In these roles she is responsible for all budgeting, forecasting and management of their accounting and credit groups. In addition, her team manages the consolidation for public reporting of all the company's subsidiaries including all overseas operations.
Ms. Shelton received her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from LIU, CW Post. She is actively engaged with several charitable organizations and serves as one of two corporate liaison's with The American Heart Association.Ludwig Geis
Ludwig Geis, President of VOXX/Hirschmann since 2014 and CEO of Hirschmann Car Communication GmbH since 2007. The two companies represent VOXX International's Automotive Business and direct their efforts to both the OE and Aftermarket, domestically and internationally.
VoxxHirschmann Corporation-Orlando, Florida combines the company's Original Equipment Automotive Groups (OEM) into a single entity and includes, Hirschmann Car Communications®, Audiovox Incaar®, Code Alarm® OE in Detroit,our Invision® team in Florida and Voxx Electronics' 12 Volt Aftermarket business.
Both VoxxHirschmann and Hirschmann Car Communication have tier-1 supplier status to many of the world's largest auto makers and counts among their customers: Audi, Bentley, BMW, Citroen, Daimler, FCA, Ford, GM, Hyundai, KIA, Jaguar, Mazda, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Scion, Subaru, Toyota to name a few.
Mr. Geise has been in the industry since 1976 holding a variety of positions in product development, research and development and software design, working for companies such as Siemens, Robert Bosch GmbH in Berlin and Blaupunkt GmbH in Hildesheim.
As president of the Company's Automotive 'Arms', Mr.Geis is directly responsible for the OE product development for Infotainment and Antenna Solutions worldwide.T. Paul Jacobs
T. Paul Jacobs is CEO of Klipsch Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation and leading global manufacturer of premium sound solutions for the consumer and professional markets. With the legendary Klipsch®, Jamo® and Energy® brands under its corporate umbrella, Klipsch Group offers more than 160 collective years of superior engineering and world-class research and development experience.
Prior to being named CEO, Jacobs served as president and chief operating officer of Klipsch Group, Inc. and was responsible for all company operations. In years past, Paul progressed through several executive level positions at Klipsch, including president of the Klipsch and Jamo brands, executive vice president and chief operating officer, company vice president and vice president of worldwide sales.
He first joined Klipsch as a manufacturer's representative after working as sales manager for Lyons & Associates, a consumer electronics rep firm, and as regional sales manager for Fretter Appliance. Altogether, Jacobs? career represents significant retail, manufacturing, sales and management experience totaling over 30 years.C. David Geise
C. David Geise, has spent more than three decades in the consumer electronics and appliance industries. As CEO of VOXX Accessories Corporation, Geiseoversees all activities of the business and is responsible for the businesses' financial performance.
Prior to joining VOXX International, Geise held numerous executive positions with Thomson Consumer Electronics: Sales Department Manager (1988-2006), President of Thomson Canada (1991-1993); Vice President and General Manager, Thomson Latin America (1993-2001); Vice President and General Manager Thomson Accessories Worldwide (2001-2006); and Vice President, International Business Americas (2006).
Mr. Geise was instrumental in helping VOXX International establish ourselves as a dominant CE accessory company in North America.Prior to Thomson Consumer Electronics' acquisition of GE/RCA consumer electronics business from General Electric in 1988, Geise worked for GE in various sales, marketing and business development positions starting in 1977.Ian Geise
Ian Geise joined VOXX Accessories Corporation in 2008 following management positions with Sirius Satellite Radio (2000-2007), Directv (1998-2000) and Directv's Latin American affiliate (1995-1998). Within Voxx Accessories Corp. he has served as Vice-President, Marketing, and more recently as Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Product Management.
As President of Voxx Accessories Ian Geise will be responsible for sales/ product development, engineering, marketing, sourcing, and purchasing.The VOXX Accessories portfolio includes Acoustic Research, RCA, RCA Symphonix, TERK, 360 Fly, Singtrix, Jensen and Surface brands. The company's product lines are diverse and cover a wide range of consumer electronics including wireless speakers, headphones, sports action cameras, baby monitoring systems, mobile device charging stations and accessories, clock radios, remote controls, indoor/outdoor TV reception, HDMI cables and other A/V connectivity accessories, personal sound amplifiers, surge protection and power conditioning, and cleaning and care products.
Geise is no stranger to new product development and product launches. At Sirius, Geise was responsible for the retail marketing execution, and at Voxx, he has led the successful launch of the 808 audio brand, which has met with widespread consumer acceptance.Geise works closely with the Company's retail distribution including the development of joint marketing promotions with some of the industry's giants.Thomas C. Malone
Thomas C. Malone, is President of VOXX Advanced Solutions, a division of VOXX International Corporation. Malone joined VOXX International in 1986 as a vehicle security specialist and was appointed Senior Vice President of Sales for VOXX Electronics Corp. in 2006 and President of that subsidiary in 2007.
As President of VOXX Advanced Solutions, Malone will focus on the development of ground-breaking digital technology. His experience in innovative product development as well as sales management, distribution and marketing have guided the Company's entrance into some of the most exciting new products and markets in our history... from action cameras to connected cars.
Malone is a relationship builder having developed and maintained significant partnerships for VOXX with companies like Sirius, Qualcomm, 360fly, Eyelock, iBiquity, IGT and Wireless Carriers including AT&T and Sprint and that experience positions him well to achieve the Company's goal to continue to partner with companies that have new technology and global reach, which potentially can be used throughout the VOXX family of companies as we continue to expand to new markets and new distribution channels.
VOXX Advanced Solutions will manage the existing partnerships with 360fly in the high profile action sports market; AT&T/ Car Connection for the connected car; Eyelock iris authentication Biometric solutions products and our new initiative with S4W, developing hardware and service solutions for law enforcement and correctional facilities bringing 4g streaming body cameras to this new channel of distribution.
Prior to joining VOXX International, Malone served as Vice President for Primary Security, a New York-based vehicle security manufacturer. A veteran of the consumer electronics industry, Malone sits on the board of the Mobile Electronics Division of the Consumer Electronics Association.Aron Demers
Aron Demers, a 27-year CE Industry veteran was appointed, Senior Vice President, VOXX/ Hirschmann Automotive Aftermarket effective March 1, 2016. In his new role, Demers will have complete responsibility for the VOXX Electronics Group 12 Volt aftermarket sales/ product development as well as be responsible for financial performance, budgeting, forecasting, inventory management, sales related responsibilities and management of VOXX 12 Volt Aftermarket sales groups.
VOXX Electronics includes the Aftermarket activities for the Advent, Audiovox, Code-Alarm, Invision, Movies-2-Go, Omega, Prestige, and Pursuit brands as well as the continued distribution of the SXM Satellite radio products.
Demers began his career at VOXX in 1995 as the Western Regional Retail Sales Manager for AEC and has held the position of Vice President Sales since 1997. He was instrumental in the launch of the Mobile Video group, one of the most successful in the 12 Volt category. Demers also enjoys strong relationships with the Company's 12 Volt distribution including, its distributor, car dealer and independent retailer forces.
Demers is active in the Consumer Electronics Industry supporting groups including CTA, MESA and MERA.Mark Finger
Mark Finger, Managing Director/CEO of Audiovox German Holdings, has been in the audio business since 1987, holding a variety of positions in the consumer electronics industry in Europe. Prior to VOXX International, Finger worked from 1987 until 1992 for Magnat, where he began in sales and advanced into a management role for a number of different departments. In 1992 Finger became Managing Director/CEO for International Jensen at Recoton German Holdings and maintained this position when VOXX International acquired Recoton German Holdings and became Audiovox German Holdings.
In his current capacity at VOXX International, Mark is responsible for all of Audiovox German Holdings — which includes five active business operations such as the recent acquisitions of Schwaiger, Oehlbach and Incar — and supervises the marketing of products under seven international brands.
Finger also manages all business affairs for Audiovox German Holdings including brand positioning, acquisition of companies, marketing, sourcing/manufacturing, product development, and sales and distribution. He is on the Board of Directors of CCTL, Car Communications Holdings (Hirschmann).