Recently launched U.K. manufacturer Optimal Audio is pleased to announce the appointment of Al McKinna as Head of Product.
A Sound Technology graduate of LIPA, Al joins after fifteen years at Avid, where he spent three years in Sales and twelve in Product Management. As Director of Product Management for Live Sound, Al led the business strategy and product development of Avid’s VENUE brand of digital live audio production systems, including VENUE | S3L, the VENUE | S6L unified platform, and the accompanying VENUE software, overseeing thirty major product releases and achieving two patents during this time. Most recently as Director of Audio Hardware at Avid, he led Product Management for Pro Tools systems, Control Surfaces and Live Sound.
Al will be responsible for creating a future product development strategy for Optimal Audio that aligns with, and remains true to, the brand’s original vision for removing the often unnecessarily complex nature of commercial audio.
Al McKinna looks forward to the challenge ahead:
“The first phase of launching the Optimal Audio ecosystem into the market is well under way. It’s a fantastic system, based on principles that address a clear demand in the market. My job will be to build a business strategy and create processes that develop and sustain the brand as the best commercial audio offering available in the small to medium install space. I’m really excited about the prospect of being an integral part of such a great team, and working with them to build a strong and progressive future for the Optimal Audio brand.”
Dom Harter, Managing Director of Optimal Audio adds:
“Al’s career speaks for itself, and we are delighted that he has chosen to join us. His product management work at Avid, in both Live Sound and Audio Hardware, mark him out as an exceptional audio industry professional. For a new brand like Optimal Audio, his mastery of business strategy allied to product development will be fundamental to successfully fulfilling our aims and ambitions.”