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
Stan Glasgow, 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, Accounting & Credit, VOXX International Corporation
Ludwig Geis, CEO, Hirschmann Car Communication GmbH, VOXX International Corporation
T. Paul Jacobs, CEO, Klipsch Group, Inc, — wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation
C. David Geise, President, VOXX Accessories Corporation — wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation
Thomas C. Malone, President, VOXX Electronics Corp — wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation
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.Stan Glasgow
Stan Glasgow, was elected to the board in 2013. Mr. Glasgow has over 40 years of global consumer electronics, display technology and computer industry-related experience. He worked for Sony Electronics from 2001 to 2012 including two years as Chairman, and four years as President, and last served as Senior Adviser to the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group of Sony Corporation of America.
Prior to joining Sony Electronics in 2001, Mr. Glasgow was owner and President of Capetech Sales Inc., a California-based company, which had annual sales in excess of $500 million and sold display products and provided consulting services to electronics companies in Asia. Prior to that, Mr. Glasgow was Chief Operating Officer and President of Capetronic Computer Products, a Hong Kong-based public display manufacturing and engineering company with factories in Taiwan, Thailand, China and the United States. Mr. Glasgow has also held various management, sales, engineering and manufacturing positions at GTE Corporation and BorgWarner, Inc., including managing the television and stereo manufacturing facilities for GTE Sylvania in Asia.
Mr. Glasgow has served as a Member of the Executive Board of the Consumer Electronics Association. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego and is a Director of the San Diego Telecom Council.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
Since 2007, Ludwig Geis has been CEO of Hirschmann Car Communication GmbH, one of the world's leading specialists in transmitter and receiver systems for mobile communication. He has also been President of VOXXHirschmann Corporation USA since 2014.
After taking his degree in electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Ludwig Geis began his career in 1976 at Siemens AG, for whom he worked in places such as Boca Raton (USA), Pretoria (South Africa) and Munich (Germany). His work focused on software development and system integration for fixed networks.
In 1990, Geis moved to Robert Bosch GmbH in Berlin and worked there as Vice President for research and development in the departments for mobile phones and railway systems.
In 1992, he then moved to Blaupunkt GmbH in Hildesheim — then still part of the Bosch Group. From 1992 to 1996, as Vice President of the Research and Development department for Driver Information Systems, Geis was directly involved in the development and series production of OEM navigation systems. Ludwig Geis was then promoted by Blaupunkt to be Director OEM Sales for Driver Information Systems, where he was responsible for sales of the entire product range to all car manufacturers, as well as for project acquisition.
Ludwig Geis returned to the Siemens Group in 2000. As Managing Director at Siemens VDO Automotive AG in Wetzlar, he was initially responsible for sales & marketing. In 2005, he was appointed President and CEO of the entire Infotainment Solutions division. At the same time, he was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the listed company, Hyundai Autonet Co. Ltd. (South Korea).
Ludwig Geis is originally from Hanau (Germany), is married and has two children.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 33 years in the consumer electronics and appliance industries. In his current position as President of VOXX Accessories Corporation, Geise is responsible for both the domestic and international operations, with responsibilities over product development, sourcing/manufacturing, marketing, and sales and distribution of consumer electronics and accessories products.
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).
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.Thomas C. Malone
Thomas C. Malone, is President of VOXX Electronics Corp. Malone joined VOXX International in 1986 as a vehicle security specialist. Today VOXX Electronics markets have expanded to include new and exciting Technologies in M2M, Telematics, Biometric and Imagery. The company's mobile lines including video, auto sound, navigation, GPS tracking and satellite radio.
Malone manages products and brands for the subsidiary's complete portfolio of mobile electronics products including Audiovox, Jensen, Jensen DUB Edition, 360 Fly, Myris, Code Alarm, Prestige, Pursuit and Advent and is closely involved in product development as well as overall management of the mobile company.
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.
He was appointed Senior Vice President of Sales for VOXX Electronics Corp in 2006 and President in 2007.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).