Hall of Fame: Paul Jacobs: Keeping A Legacy Brand Vibrant
Balancing the preservation of a revered brand with keeping its products in step with changing consumer tastes, a daunting task in any business, has been a crowning achievement of Paul Jacobs, CEO of the Klipsch Group.
Jacobs, who came to Klipsch in 1991 after having worked for the national retailer Fretter Appliance, is a self-described hi-fi aficionado. “I don’t know that I’m an audiophile but I’ve certainly spent a fair amount of the treasures I’ve earned over the years on audio equipment,” he said. He arrived at the company while founder Paul Klipsch was still designing speakers. Jacobs worked alongside him, often sharing meals and conversation about audio.
“For a young guy to get to spend some time with him; I don’t know that mentor is a big enough word for it. You had the chance to feel his passion. He’d play demos and we’d discuss technology,” Jacobs said.