Calabasas, Calif. - DTS promoted Brian Towne to executive VP/COO from executive VP and general manager.
Towne will continue to oversee day-to-day licensing, marketing and product management efforts at DTS but is now also tasked with "refining its [DTS's] strategy and go-to-market execution" to further strengthen the company, DTS said. "He will also be engaging with key strategic partners and stakeholders inside and outside the company," the company noted.
Towne joined DTS in 2003 as senior VP of the consumer/pro audio division, then became senior VP/GM of the consumer division before becoming executive VP/GM in 2009. Previously, he was Kenwood product management director, and he had held R&D and marketing positions at Pioneer Electronics. He was an electronics specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps.
"Under Brian's leadership over the past seven years, we have enjoyed tremendous growth, adapted to significant change and evolution in our business, and realized significant success," said chairman/CEO Jon Kirchner. The promotion "recognizes Brian's important leadership contribution," Kirchner added.