NILES, IL, July 6, 2010 — Shure Incorporated announced that two of its Vice Presidents were promoted to Senior Vice President. Ron Thompson, Vice President of Operations, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. Avi Vaidya, Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer.
Before joining Shure as a consultant in 2002, Thompson held leadership positions in manufacturing, marketing, and sales at Zenith Electronics, Knowles Electronics, and Boldt Metronics International.
“Through Ron’s leadership, there have been significant improvements in the Operations Division,” said Sandy LaMantia, Shure’s President and CEO. “This includes the implementation of our manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China; substantial reductions in inventory; enhanced on-time delivery; advancements in our quality functions; and improved turnaround time in product service.”
Thompson has a Bachelor degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Avi Vaidya joined Shure in 2007 from Emerson Network Power, where he was Vice President of Global Business Development. Before that, for more than 14 years he worked for AT&T and Bell Laboratories, where he held various engineering management positions.
In his more than 25 years of engineering management experience, Vaidya has been involved in the development and related processes of bringing new products to market, technology research, strategic planning, talent and leadership development, and building successful engineering organizations for large and mid-sized companies. Also, he was involved in collaborative research projects with the University of Wisconsin and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
“Since he joined Shure, Avi has made significant contributions by improving the on-time delivery of new products, expanding digital and software development, starting development work in China and India, and facilitating partnerships with companies that supply to Shure,” said LaMantia. “He has acquired a broad knowledge and understanding of Shure products and all areas of the Company’s worldwide operations.”
Vaidya holds nine U.S. patents, has published numerous technical papers, and has received several awards for technical excellence. He has a Master of Engineering Electronics from the Netherlands Universities Foundation, a Master degree in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.