Last month, Lectrosonics appointed Wes Herron as president of the company and promoted Karl Winkler to executive vice president of product design and distribution, following the retirement of former president Gordon Moore retires after 35 years with the company. In a Headliner exclusive, Herron and Winkler open up on what the future holds for the company, the trends shaping pro audio and the role AI is already playing in the business.
As president, Herron will be responsible for the business management of Lectrosonics, overseeing all aspects of the business and manufacturing operations. He has been with Lectrosonics since 1988, starting first as a machinist and then a mechanical assembler, while receiving degrees along the way, first with a BS in Mechanical Engineering followed with an MBA.
He has served as the vice president of manufacturing as well as on the Board of Directors of Lectrosonics.
“I’ve watched Wes develop his professional skills and community involvement over the last 35 years and I’m excited about his vision going forward,” says outgoing president Gordon Moore. “He has a great team behind him to help him continue the traditions and innovation at Lectrosonics.”
“I am honoured and humbled to assume the role of president of Lectrosonics, and I am deeply grateful for the support and confidence of the management, design and manufacturing team,” said Herron of his appointment. “I am excited for this opportunity to contribute to the company’s continued success and am extremely enthusiastic about the future opportunities that lie ahead of us.”
Meanwhile, in his new expanded role as executive vice president of product design and distribution, Winkler will bring his market acumen and knowledge of professional audio systems to bear as he spearheads the development and design of the next generations of new products for the variety of customers that Lectrosonics serves in the broadcast, film, music, location sound, houses of worship, live sound and theatrical markets.
Headliner caught up with the pair to discuss their plans for the company moving forward, the trends shaping the market as we know it, and more…
Congratulations to you both on your respective promotions. How does it feel to be taking on these new roles?
KW: It is exciting! Having been here at the company for 19 years, or about 1/3 of the company’s existence so far, I’ve seen a lot of changes in products, in technology in general, and in the industries we serve. The idea of continuing on ahead is what gets me up in the morning!
WH: I’m grateful and thrilled to have this opportunity with a company that I’ve served in so many different roles. I’ve seen a lot of changes over the last 34 years and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Lectrosonics.
Wes, how does it feel to be stepping into the role of president, replacing someone who had served at the company for some 35 years? What will be your approach to bringing both continuity and a fresh outlook to the position?
WH: Funny enough, the most jarring change has been moving desks. Other than that, it feels like home. Regarding continuity, there is a lot to be said for the collective 83 years of service -- Karl, Bob Cunnings (Lectrosonics VP of IT, Logistics, and QA) and I have between the three of us. Our management and design teams have always worked very well and closely together, and we will continue to do so. As for fresh outlooks, we are always alert for new markets or applications for our core wireless technology, and new ideas will continue to be strongly encouraged and welcomed.