Shure Announces Planned Retirement of President and CEO Sandy LaMantia; Names COO Chris Schyvinck as Successor
Niles, IL, Nov. 11, 2015—Shure Incorporated announced today that President and Chief Executive Officer Santo (Sandy) LaMantia intends to retire, effective July 1, 2016. As part of a planned succession, he and Mrs. Rose L. Shure, Chairman, will appoint current Executive Vice President of Global Operations, Marketing, and Sales and Chief Operating Officer Christine (Chris) Schyvinck to succeed him as President and CEO. On Jan. 1, 2016, Schyvinck will take on the added title of President, and will serve in this role until her appointment as President and CEO on July 1, 2016.
LaMantia joined Shure in November of 1995 as Vice President of Engineering and was later appointed President and CEO in May of 1996. For 20 years, LaMantia has contributed significantly to the Company’s strategic growth, solidifying its global leadership as one of the most respected and recognized audio companies worldwide. Under his charge, Shure has continued to thrive, bringing to market industry-leading innovations, championing the needs of customers, and expanding its global footprint.
“My time at Shure has been not only a privilege, but a dream come true—combining my truest passions: music and engineering,” said LaMantia. “It has been an honor to serve at the helm of a Company that sets the bar for integrity, quality, innovation, and cooperation. Today, Shure enjoys outstanding growth, and now with a solid transition in place, the timing is right for me to step aside and spend more time with my family. Having someone with Chris’ skills, experience, and natural leadership—ready to take the reins, has made my decision all the easier.”
Schyvinck joined Shure in 1989 and led the Operations Division before being named to lead Global Marketing and Sales in 2006. More recently, she was promoted to Executive Vice President of Global Operations, Marketing, and Sales and Chief Operating Officer.
“It is an honor to be named Sandy’s successor,” commented Schyvinck. Over the years, Sandy and I have worked closely to drive the vision for the Company’s growth, and I’m confident that we’ve already built a strong foundation that will see us far into the future. I’m delighted that Sandy will be here for the next nine months, helping me transition into this new role. Shure has long established its position in the marketplace as an innovator focused on unmatched quality and reliability. With our talented team of Associates around the world, I’m confident we will continue to bring this vision to life, and move the Company forward. I’m humbled to step into this new role, excited by the challenge, and thankful to the Shure Board of Directors for its support.”
“Sandy and I selected Chris as a possible successor almost 15 years ago,” said Mrs. Shure. “It is very rewarding to see our long-range plan for her come to fruition.”