Pioneer DJ Americas Promotes Powell to President

Christian Wissmuller • People • April 4, 2019

Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. recently announced that it has appointed industry veteran andCalifornia native, John Powell, to the position of president effective April 1, 2019. Powell willoversee all Pioneer DJ Americas operations, thus taking over responsibilities from current president, Yoshinori Kataoka. Further, Mr. Kataoka will be moving to the role of Pioneer DJ Corporation chairman and COO at Japan headquarters on the same date.

Powell first joined Pioneer DJ in summer of 2017 as Senior Vice President of Sales and hasimplemented an innovative and successful sales strategy which has led to double-digitsales growth for the Torrance-based organization. Powell’s appointment confirms PioneerDJ’s commitment to continuing its growth and reinforcing its market presence as the globalleader in DJ technology and pro audio solutions.

“John has played a key role in our success here at Pioneer DJ and Pioneer ProfessionalAudio. With my new responsibilities as COO at headquarters in Yokohama, I could notthink of a better candidate to take on the day-to-day running of Pioneer DJ Americas”,commented Yoshinori Kataoka, COO of Pioneer DJ Corporation and future Chairman ofPDJA.

The new President brings an impressive and highly respected executive history in audio,having served in numerous leadership roles at JBL International, Harman and BostonAcoustics. John Powell is a graduate of California State University Northridge and a BetaGamma Sigma lifetime member.

“I am honored to be offered this opportunity. Pioneer DJ is a solid company with amazinggrowth potential. We have a strong team and will continue the success we have enjoyedunder Mr. Kataoka’s leadership” said Powell.

Powell, a seasoned leader and strategist in the premium, high-quality audio industry, willhave the opportunity to not only expand international distribution networks, but also providePioneer DJ and Pioneer Professional Audio divisions valuable insights on global audiomarkets.

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