Audio-Technica Mourns the Loss of Ken Reichel


Ken Reichel

Photo: Robert J. Lucas

Audio-Technica in Stow, Ohio, mourns the passing of Ken Reichel (pictured), former executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Audio-Technica U.S. Reichel passed away October 15, 2010, at his home in Richmond, Va. Reichel joined Audio-Technica in May 1982, and served the company in various leadership capacities through his retirement in June 2000.

Audio-Technica U.S. states that it experienced strong growth under Reichel’s management. He drove market development and promotion for products such as A-T's UniPoint microphones for installed sound and A-T’s 40 Series studio microphones. Reichel was also "a strong force" behind A-T's entrance into the wireless microphone market and the company’s longstanding relationship with the Olympics.

“Ken valued strong personal relationships based on mutual respect and commitment,” says Phil Cajka, president/CEO of Audio-Technica U.S. “He had a powerful combination of technical understanding and sales acumen, which served him well in his time with the company and gained him the respect and admiration of customers, fellow sales personnel and A-T’s R&D and engineering team. Ken also had strong ties to our parent company, Audio-Technica Japan.

"He was known for his larger-than-life personality and was as comfortable drawing up a circuit design on a napkin as he was pitching a million-dollar deal to a potential customer," Cajka continues. "Ken had an incredible sense of humor and showmanship, which often manifested itself at sales meetings, where he would don his infamous pink jacket. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, his friends and all who knew him.”

Reichel is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Scott; daughter, Tammi; son-in-law, Martin; and four grandchildren.