VALHALLA, N.Y. – September 5, 2012 – Turtle Beach, pioneer and market leader of the gaming headset category, announces the appointment of Juergen Stark by the Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer effective today. Stark assumes leadership from Carmine Bonanno, who founded the company in 1975 with Fred Romano. Both Bonanno and Romano will continue with roles on Turtle Beach’s Board of Directors.
Prior to his appointment, Stark served as Chief Operating Officer for Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.’s Mobile Devices business. In addition to leading a team of 700 individuals covering program management, global service and customer care, quality and testing, Stark played a comprehensive role in the operational management and turnaround of the $9.5 billion mobile devices business that led to its sale to Google in May of 2011.
Prior to his COO role, Stark lead the Motorola’s Productivity business, successfully doubling the portfolio of Windows Mobile based phones and putting the business back on a strong growth trajectory. He also previously served as General Manager and Corporate Vice President for several businesses within Motorola's Commercial and Government Solutions Division.
“I look forward to continuing Turtle Beach’s growth and bringing our industry leading audio innovations to each of the more than 500 million gamers worldwide,” said Stark.
Prior to his nine year tenure with Motorola, Stark led as the CEO of Centerpost Corporation and as the President and Founder of Advanced Micro Systems Inc. Stark also served as a Principal at McKinsey & Company, Inc. for nine years.
Stark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
“Juergen’s entrepreneurial spirit and experience in developing and marketing hardware on a global scale is a perfect match for Turtle Beach. He is very passionate about consumer electronics, especially those that have real value via technology, are designed and delivered with excellence in every detail and endeavor to capture the favor of consumers,” said Turtle Beach Executive Chairman Ron Doornink. “In sum, I could not be more delighted to see Juergen take the helm of the company.”
Since the launch of the first integrated stereo gaming headset in 2006, Turtle Beach has expanded its product portfolio into a comprehensive range of wired and wireless headsets that address all gaming platforms, leading to a period of explosive growth. Building on a 30-year history of audio pioneering, Turtle Beach’s accomplishments in the world of gaming are only the latest in a string of continuous success. To date, Turtle Beach’s unique and innovative audio solutions have transformed the interactive entertainment industry.
“Turtle Beach’s products will continue to enhance partnerships with console-makers and developers while offering our users the absolute premium in gaming audio. With upcoming launches like our limited edition Call of Duty: Black Ops II headsets and exclusive partnerships with MLG, there’s a lot to be excited about,” said Stark. “I’m delighted to lead a company with such a rich history of innovation and delighted consumers.”
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About Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach ( www.turtlebeach.com) designs and markets premium audio peripherals for video game, personal computer, and mobile platforms, including its acclaimed line of Ear Force gaming headphones and headsets crafted for Xbox 360 and PS3 game consoles and PC games. Turtle Beach’s Ear Force XP400 wireless headset was named IGN’s “Best Gaming Hardware” as part of its Best of CES 2012 Awards.
Turtle Beach, headquartered in Valhalla, New York, is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc., which has been at the forefront of music and audio technology for almost four decades and is recognized as a pioneer of today’s PC audio industry.
Turtle Beach and Ear Force are registered trademarks of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc. Xbox 360 is a registered trademark of Microsoft, Corp. PlayStation 3 is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Nintendo Wii U is a registered trademark of Nintendo Co., Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.