Dave Nauber, who has served as Classé Audio’s executive vice president of brand development since 2002, was recently named president of the company. Nauber succeeds founder and chairman Mike Viglas, who will continue to remain active in Classé’s operations.
According to Joe Atkins, chairman of Classé Audio owner The B&W Group, the move is the continuation of the company’s long-term plan to develop a portfolio that includes premium electronics. “The consumer electronics business is tougher today than it’s ever been, and Dave Nauber has shown that he has the skills necessary to lead Classé through these turbulent times,” Atkins said. “Both challenges and opportunities lie ahead, and with Dave as president, Classé is well positioned to succeed and grow.”
Nauber’s career in high-end audio began at retailer Glenn Poor’s Audio Video in Champaign, Illinois, where he worked while earning a degree in engineering at the University of Illinois. In 1986, Nauber took a position at Madrigal Audio Labs, known primarily for its Mark Levinson brand. His role at Classé began in 2002 with the development of the Delta Series, which was launched at the 2004 CEDIA EXPO.
“I have worked in high-end audio for my entire adult life and have had the good fortune to learn from some of the best in the business,” Nauber said. “The opportunity to work with Joe Atkins, Mike Viglas, and the strong team at Classé and Bowers & Wilkins has been invaluable. When you bring so many smart people with passion and dedication together and give them proper direction, you can build powerful brands. I am grateful for the opportunity and the confidence Joe and Mike have placed in me and look forward to building on our successes at Classé.”