Changing of the Guard at Native Instruments Makes Way for New Generation

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Native Instruments have been one of those music technology companies that for decades has continually surprised and offered new and exciting approaches to electronic music-making, and are at the forefront of developing and merging DJing and production approaches in their products. Hence, the change of guard shows they can apply their great thinking internally as Co-Founder & CEO Daniel Haver and Chief Innovation Officer & President Mate Galic announced this week they are handing over NI to a new generation of leaders, appointed from within the company.

Constantin Koehncke, currently Global Marketing Director and heading up the company’s Los Angeles office, will become NI’s new Chief Executive Officer. Robert Linke, currently Director of Sound Products, will take on the position of Chief Product Officer & President. Making up the new Management Board, both will step into their new leadership roles as of October 1st, 2020, marking a new chapter in NI’s history. Daniel Haver and Mate Galic will remain at Native Instruments, actively supporting the company and its new leadership as Chairman and Deputy Chairman via a newly-formed Supervisory Board.

This announcement comes at a time of strength for the company, with a string of highly successful releases from NI’s KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects division, and a financial year on course to be the best in the company’s 24-year history.

Daniel Haver, Co-Founder and CEO says: “Mate and I believe now is the right time to hand over the company to a new generation of leaders. Native Instruments today is in a very strong place and it’s on this foundation that Constantin and Robert will bring fresh energy, continuing to deliver exceptional products. Their many years of leadership in Marketing and Products and countless successful contributions made them the perfect choice to lead Native Instruments into the future.”

“It’s been a privilege for us to lead Native Instruments for over 20 years and we’re immensely proud of what we have achieved as a company, as well as personally. Native Instruments will always be home to Mate and me, and we’re excited to support Constantin and Robert in writing the next successful chapter.”

Formed in Berlin in 1996, Native Instruments pioneered real-time sound synthesis on standard computers with its first-ever product, Generator (later known as REAKTOR). Daniel Haver joined Stephan Schmitt as a co-founder in 1997 and has led the company as CEO since. Mate Galic joined Native Instruments in 1999 and instantly developed a symbiotic relationship with Daniel Haver. Since 2009, they have led the company together – their friendship, complementary skill sets, and relentless pursuit of innovation have kept the business at the cutting edge of digital music creation and performance.

Today, Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJing and one of the largest and most influential companies in the music technology industry, providing creative tools to millions of music makers and DJs, and employing more than 400 staff throughout its seven offices worldwide.

We look forward to seeing what new and exciting stuff will come from Native Instruments very soon!

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