ITASCA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN), a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic solutions and specialty components, today announced that it has appointed a new technology leader to help architect the company’s long-term vision to deliver intelligent audio solutions.
Effective October 22, Alexis Bernard will lead Knowles’ global technology vision as chief technology officer. In his role, Bernard has responsibility for the technology strategy, roadmap, and partnerships.
“Knowles has a long history of setting industry standards through innovation. Alexis’ history of leading transformational change makes him a good fit to steward our long-term technology solutions,” said Jeffrey Niew, President and CEO of Knowles. “Establishing and seizing the transformation of audio technology is a key component of Knowles’ growth strategy.”
Bernard comes to Knowles with more than 15 years of experience and is a recognized leader in technology development and corporate strategy. In particular, he brings expertise in audio signal processing. He was most recently chief technology officer at Audience, where he worked closely with the CEO on technology vision, corporate strategy and M&A. Bernard has held notable technology positions at several industry-leading, multinational companies including Nokia and Texas Instruments. He is credited for building high-performing technology and research organizations that support long-term business strategies. During his five years at McKinsey & Company, he provided strategic consultation to corporations in the technology space. Bernard holds an MSEE from the University of Louvain in Belgium, a PhD in electrical engineering from UCLA, and is an inventor on numerous patents and author of over 25 publications in digital communications and speech technology.
“I am excited to take on this new challenge. It is clear to me that Knowles is an organization with a history of advancing the industry through the development of superior acoustic solutions and collaboration with their customers at every phase of the process. I am committed to building on this success and delivering the next transformation of audio solutions,” said Alexis Bernard.
Bernard will work from Knowles’ newest facility in Sunnyvale, California. This office opened November 3rd and employs a group of engineers and technology managers. The Sunnyvale team will be focused on enabling the company’s advanced audio strategy and solutions.
Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic solutions and specialty components serving the mobile communications, consumer electronics, medical technology, military, aerospace and industrial markets. Knowles has a leading position in micro-electro-mechanical systems microphones, speakers and receivers which are used in smartphones, tablets and mobile handsets. Knowles is also a leading manufacturer of transducers used in hearing aids and other medical devices and has a strong position in oscillators (timing devices) and capacitor components which enable various types of communication. Knowles’ focus on the customer, combined with unique technology, rigorous testing and global scale, helps to deliver innovative solutions and consistently dependable and precise products. Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Knowles has more than 11,000 employees in 36 locations around the world. For more information, visit www.knowles.com.