Phil Wagner has been uniquely intertwined with the professional audio market sector for decades most recently as President of Focusrite Novation Inc., and prior to that, as President of Solid State Logic Inc. (SSL). He began his career in New York City as a recording engineer at Soundworks, which was located in the basement of the legendary Studio 54. “Straight out of the studio, I met Betty at the 1984 Summer NAMM show at Chicago’s McCormick Center,” stated Wagner. “Betty hired me for my first position in Pro Audio while she was President of Phil Dudderidge’s Soundcraft USA. We worked alongside of each other where I learned the Bennett method of ‘making stuff happen’ as we established Soundcraft New York.”
Wagner continues, “I’ve been fortunate to maintain a relationship with Betty throughout the years, it gives me great pleasure to join her in guiding Apogee into the next phase of its strategic business plan. We have many great ideas and are planning for solid growth in our core markets.”
Betty Bennett, says, “I’ve watched Phil grow professionally over many years with the various roles and positions he has had in our industry. His wife Cathy was part of the Apogee family for 15 years and as a result, Phil and I have stayed close. I’m pleased that Phil is finally coming home to Apogee. His energy skill, and tenacity are all without equal. I know he is the right person to ensure our long-term growth.”
Founded in 1985 by the legendary Bruce Jackson, Apogee Electronics designs and manufactures award-winning audio recording solutions that are easy to use and sound amazing. The first Apogee products such as their AD/DA converters and UV22 dithering technology were important factors in the acceptance and acceleration of early digital recording and Apogee was the first company to bring professional digital audio recording quality to Pro Tools HD, Mac Laptops and Apple’s iOS devices. Today, Apogee products like Symphony I/O, Ensemble, Quartet, Duet, ONE, JAM and MiC have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY and OSCAR winning recordings by the world’s most successful music artists.