Genelec takes steps forward with two major appointments

Siamak-NaghianSiamäk Naghian New Managing Director as of August 2011

Genelec Oy is pleased to officially announce that Dr. (Tech.) Siamäk Naghian has been appointed Managing Director of Genelec Oy as of August, 2011. Siamäk Naghian received his Master of Science in Technology, Licentiate in Technology, and Doctor of Science in Technology degrees all form the Helsinki University of Technology, Electrical Engineering Department in Finland. He joined Nokia in mid 90’s where he was involved in several research and development, management and leadership positions until mid 2005. Dr. Naghian joined Genelec in 2005 as head of Genelec R&D and a member of Genelec management team. He was appointed as Executive Vice President in 2010, and since August 2011, as Managing Director of Genelec Oy.

Ilpo Martikainen, Chairman of the Board, comments: “One of the most delighting aspects with Siamäk is sharing the same values in human life and corporate management. In additional to being systematic and goal-oriented, he is very inspiring and has great sense of humor. We are sure the good cooperation with our partners will continue and find even new dimensions.”

“Genelec is a unique company whose image resembles quality and trust of customers,” says Siamäk Naghian. “It will be a great pleasure to take on this new role and I’m looking forward to the challenge. My main goal is to continue to grow the happy Genelec customers around the world. It gives me great pleasure to know we are making a positive difference that matters to our customers.” 

The outgoing Managing Director, M.Sc. Veikko Hyvönen, states that the change has not come as a surprise either to the company or to himself. “We agreed in writing to this five years ago, when I took on the role. In fact, the story goes back even further to some twenty five years ago, before I joined Genelec. I had decided then that by the by the age of fifty five I would have given my best contribution to the industry. I am now fifty five and my thoughts have now turned to how I can support the next generation. This is why I did my studied education eight years ago and will now put them to good use by teaching.”

Nick Zacharov rejoins Genelec as Director of Research and Development 

Dr. (Tech.) Nick Zacharov has been appointed Director of Research and Development. He is rejoining Genelec following sixteen years working in various parts of the audio and telecommunications industry.

Born in London, Nick obtained a bachelor’s degree in electro-acoustics from Salford University in the UK in 1992. He subsequently received Master’s and Doctor of Science in Technology degrees from Helsinki University of Technology in 1997 and 2002, respectively in the field of acoustics and audio signal processing. 

Initially joining Genelec in 1990 as a trainee and progressing to the level of acoustic engineer, he then moved to the Nokia Corporation in Tampere, Finland in 1995, where he worked on audio quality assessment. In 2000 he was a Foreign Research Fellow at the University of Aizu in Japan. He continued working with Nokia until 2007, by which time he had become widely recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities in the specialist field of audio quality assessment. Thereafter, he joined DELTA in Denmark for three years to establish and develop DELTA SenseLab, designed to provide world class listening tests and sensory evaluation services to both the audio and telecommunications community.

A Member of the Institute of Acoustics, the Acoustical Society of America, Nick is also a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and a chartered engineer. He has been an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, serving as chairperson, co-chairman of conferences and AES governor. He has also held numerous other professional posts.

He holds several audio patents and has more than 60 major publications to his name. Nick is also co-author of “Perceptual Audio Evaluation – theory, method and application”, which is the acknowledged textbook in this field.