Krell is preparing to unveil its first Blu Ray player as well as additions to the Evolution and S Series product lines at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January.
"Our new Blu-ray player will continue the Krell tradition of defining the ultimate standard for a product category," said Bill McKiegan, Vice President of U.S. Sales and Marketing. "A ground-up Krell design, the new player will feature reference level audio and video performance coupled to renowned Krell build quality."
In his new role as President, Walt Schneider, who has served as Krell's Chief Operating Officer for the past 18 months, will head up a team of veteran Krell engineers and executives to insure the next generation of Krell products and Krell's customer service continue to be the pinnacle of the industry. As COO, Walt oversaw the operational heart of the company, coordinating key personnel in all departments to ensure efficient purchasing, flawless product assembly, and timely shipments. Walt has over 50 years of experience in manufacturing operations, including 28 years at Raytheon.
Todd Eichenbaum, as Director of Engineering and New Product Development, will head Krell's engineering team. During Todd's 18 plus years with the company, he has been the lead engineer on more than 50 Krell preamplifiers, power amplifiers, and loudspeakers including all Krell preamplifiers and power amplifiers during the last decade. Other key engineering team members include 22 year Krell veteran Dave Goodman and Jeff Kadin. Dave has been the lead engineer on all Krell surround processors and digital source products for the last 10 years, as well as numerous analog and digital products during his tenure. As Senior Software Manager, Jeff Kadin, who started at Krell in 1997, is the chief architect for all the products' underlying operational and user interface software.
Peter Mackay continues as Vice President of International Sales and Marketing and Bill McKiegan continues as Vice President of U.S. Sales and Marketing. Both have been with the company for over 12 years and play an important role in setting Krell's strategic plan for new product development.
"Our engineering team consists of seasoned professionals who rank among the best in the world of high end audio/video products. I look forward to continuing my work with them. In addition I will work more closely with Bill, Peter, and our worldwide distribution network to conceive, design, and develop future generations of Krell products," added Todd Eichenbaum.
Walt Schneider added, "We have a very talented team. Our sales group understands the constantly evolving marketplace for audio video products as well as anyone in the business and our engineers are the best at delivering the highest performing solutions to our customers."