D+M has brought Grammy Award-winning composer and producer Robby Kilgore on to the company as the new senior product manager of voice user interface (VUI). The new position reflects the company’s emphasis on the growing field of Voice User interface (VUI).
“Robby will work collaboratively with our global product development and engineering teams to drive the integration of VUI technology into our product road map,” said Brendon Stead, SVP of global product development for D+M. “His experience in consumer electronics, deep knowledge of audio and voice technology capabilities, and ability to be globally collaborative make him an ideal fit for this key role. We look forward to Robby building compelling market strategies, business plans and use cases from top to bottom and are excited to have him on our team.”
Kilgore will be responsible for developing, leading, and implementing the company’s voice user interface strategy across D+M’s entire product portfolio. He will lead the creation of business planning and strategy development for the company’s three major regions: the Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. Most recently Kilgore was the chief technology officer at Catapult.org, where he was responsible for building and launching a global crowdfunding platform dedicated to human rights in gender equality. Prior to that, he was the creative director at Nuance Communications, leading multidisciplinary teams for the company’s largest clients. Earlier in his career, Robby held various positions including the vice president of design for Art Technology Group, senior vice president of content development for NetSage, and creative director for the Social Interface Group at Microsoft. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in composition, jazz studies from the University of North Texas. During Kilgore’s early years as a musician in the New York music scene, he played on hundreds of records. He is known for his work with Steve Winwood, Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tom Waits, James Taylor, Michael Brecker, Chaka Khan, and many others. Kilgore is also a Grammy Award-winning composer and producer with several film and television scores to his credit.
D+M’s hiring this month of Robby Kilgore as the company’s first voice user interface (VUI) senior product manager follows last week’s announcement by Sonos that it plans to develop voice control for its wireless multiroom-audio products. Sonos said it was inspired by the success of Amazon’s Echo networked speaker and virtual digital assistant.
This story was made possible by contributions from Joseph Palenchar of sister publication, TWICE.