Etymotic Promotes Piepenbrink To CEO

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Elk Grove Village, Ill. - Headphones manufacturer Etymotic Research said it has promoted Mark Piepenbrink to CEO, a new position for the company.


Piepenbrink was previously the company's chief financial officer.

Fran Wroble, formerly of the Wormser Company, was hired as the new chief financial officer, and Mark Karnes joined Etymotic as consumer products managing director, another new position.

Piepenbrink had been chief financial officer of Etymotic for the past 10 years. A spokeswoman for the company told TWICE that Piepenbrink will focus on day-to-day operations, allowing company founder, president and chief technology officer Dr. Mead Killion to concentrate on technology and engineering.

 "Mark Piepenbrink understands Etymotic's core values, and we look forward to his leadership in today's competitive market," said Killion in a statement.

Karnes, the new consumer products managing director, will be "shifting [Etymotic's] consumer products division into high gear," Killion said. Karnes is reportedly tasked with changing consumer perception of Etymotic as a niche brand into a global brand.    

Karnes previously served as consumer division general manager and global marketing executive director at Shure.


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