Martin Audio’s long-serving finance director, Anthony Taylor, has been appointed to the role of joint managing director, effective immediately.

The move, warmly welcomed by Martin Audio’s parent company LOUD Technologies, is seen as strategic succession planning, although current CEO and managing director David Bissett-Powell, who recommended the appointment, says he has no thoughts of standing down at present.

“Anthony has worked with me for many years and although he is a well qualified Chartered Accountant, he has also become very commercial in his operation within the company. These balanced business skills mean that he can handle a great deal of the day-to-day responsibility and future direction of Martin Audio and, hopefully, allow me sufficient time to assist with other LOUD functions as well as continuing my focus on our distribution in China.”

Taylor joined Martin Audio in February 1994 having spent his early years in accountancy at Deloitte & Touche. At Martin Audio he was quick to put his training in corporate finance to good use, helping to steer the company through the most prosperous period in its history, before becoming one of the successful managing team who led the MBO from parent company TC Electronic, in 2003.

Taylor says, “I have worked closely alongside David for a number of years and this appointment is an obvious way forward and reinforces our awareness of corporate responsibility.”

A popular member of the board, Taylor is a great believer in teamwork and believes one of his main attributes will be his ability to maintain this strong team and lead by example.

“The culture in the company is excellent, and with the pedigree of our engineering team and innovative products we are now introducing to the market we are perfectly positioned to further capitalise on the successes of the past.”

Married with three daughters, Taylor’s appointment coincides with plans to relocate the family from their base on the south coast to Berkshire.