In memory of Paul Whiting
In memory of Paul Whiting
Having been taken ill suddenly in early May, Paul Whiting passed away peacefully in hospital following a short period at home on Friday 5 June.
As one of the industry’s most recognised and respected figures, Paul started his career in 1975 at Hayden Laboratories as sales and marketing manager within the professional division. He took on the role of managing director at Sennheiser in 1990, where he was instrumental in establishing Sennheiser UK as a subsidiary in High Wycombe. It was in his elevated role as president of global sales in 2007 that he joined the Sennheiser executive management board. During this decade of growth, between 2006 and 2015, he was an instrumental figure as the German brand enjoyed a doubling of turnover.
Paul spent his final year with Sennheiser as president of strategic collaborations where he focused on partnerships with artists, industry partners and organisations. As part of the management board for Sennheiser, Paul played an integral part in driving new business opportunities, including the establishment of the Asian Pacific subsidiaries, building and driving business in the Middle East and the partnership with Sennheiser Communications.
As a leader, Paul was an inspiration to many and was always a key part of the team. Nowhere was this more apparent than his work with LIPA where the collaboration with Sennheiser gave so many young talents the opportunity to showcase themselves, which continues to this day. Paul had a reputation for hard work, and he expected the same of his colleagues, but he always knew how to have fun. This led to many memorable events including Sennheiser UK’s Golf Day. Paul loved to play golf and this event combined his generosity to help others by raising money for multiple charities.
“Paul was the figurehead and driving force behind Sennheiser UK’s achievements during his time as managing director and later a highly valued member of our management board,” commented Sennheiser´s co-CEOs, Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser. “He was admired and respected by his colleagues, both in the UK and throughout Sennheiser’s global community. We are thankful for his tireless efforts during his time with us and will miss him greatly.”
Following a committed and distinguished quarter century at Sennheiser, Paul joined the advisory board at another noted German brand in 2016. As a non-executive director, Paul contributed immensely to d&b audiotechnik’s development with the expertise and experience gained in his long and successful career in the AV industry. “Paul was a terrific sales and marketing strategist in addition to being a good friend and mentor to many of us,” remarked d&b group CEO, Amnon Harman.
Paul leaves behind his wife, Sue, two daughters and four grandsons, of whom he was extremely proud and delighted to spend so much more time with, in recent years. Paul contributed much to the audio industry throughout his long career and will be remembered as being an extremely driven, passionate, caring person in everything that he did.
From our own perspective at Blank Canvas Publishing, Paul was an enormous supporter of Pro AVL Asia and Pro AVL MEA dating back to our early days. Over the years, he continued to be a much valued and loyal friend to all the team at Blank Canvas.