JL Audio has announced the appointment of Simon Drake as director of marine OEM sales for Europe.
Drake joins JL Audio with more than 13 years of experience managing operations, sales and marketing for Naim Audio, a premium audio brand in the UK. In his most recent role as a managing consultant, Drake was responsible for developing key strategic marine and automotive partnerships for Naim, including Bentley and Princess Yachts. In parallel with his recent work at Naim, Drake also created Medium Rare Music, a music management, sales and marketing consultancy in the UK – where he was instrumental in signing an impressive portfolio of musical talent from different genres. In 2012, the UK government named Drake one of ’30 Under 30’ Rising Stars of British Industry.
“JL Audio is regarded worldwide as a premier brand with exceptional product quality and diversity. I feel we are poised for tremendous success in the European marine audio market,” Drake said.
Drake will report to Rob Sinclair, JL Audio’s UK-based director of business development.
“JL Audio’s OEM marine business continues to experience impressive growth across the globe. Adding Simon to the team expands our support capabilities and allows us to forge exciting new relationships with European boat builders who share our passion for great audio,” Sinclair commented.