2021 AES International Conference on Automotive Audio - Keynotes


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Andrew Jones
ELAC, Vice President Engineering


Andrew Jones - His near lifelong passion for audio began in his early teens and quickly became focused on loudspeakers. This led him to study Physics with a special interest in acoustics for his undergrad, followed by six years of postgraduate research in the fields of crossover design and active noise cancellation. Subsequently he joined KEF, initially in the research department looking into such things as measurement techniques and improved prediction of performance from impedance measurements (with the help of Dr. Small). He subsequently became Chief Engineer and worked extensively with concentric driver technology. After 11 years he moved to the USA, at the invitation of Floyd Toole, to work for Infinity. Almost 4 years later he joined Pioneer and TAD where he remained for 17 years. For the last 4 years he has been the VP of Engineering at ELAC.



Barak Moffitt
Universal Music Group, Executive Vice President, Content Strategy and Operations


Barak Moffitt is Executive Vice President of Content Strategy and Operations at Universal Music Group, where his responsibilities include creating, facilitating, and maximizing the value of Universal’s Audio and Audiovisual content across artists and labels. Moffitt also oversees UMG Strategic Operations, working across the company’s major label groups and studios to maximize the value of core music and audio assets. For many years, Moffitt also ran the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood where he spearheaded the revitalization of the studio’s iconic heritage with state-of-the-art capabilities.

Moffitt has a long history in both music and technology. Before joining UMG, Moffitt worked as a senior executive at EMI Music Group, where he led major strategic initiatives in rights management, metadata, studios and production, music publishing, and technology. He has held senior leadership positions in technology and media supporting large-scale production and digital media operations.



Andreas Ehret
Dolby, Director Automotive


Andreas Ehret has been active as a technology leader in the audio industry for over two decades. He joined Dolby back in 2007 and since then served the company in various engineering and technology VP leadership roles, managing the teams that created solutions scaling into billions of consumer devices.

Over the past couple of years his focus had been on the market introduction of Dolby’s next generation audio codec AC-4, as well as contributions to bring the Atmos music experience to life. These days Andreas’ focus is on developing and expanding Dolby’s Automotive business – whereas lighting up Dolby Atmos in cars is a key strategic ingredient thereof.

Andreas is a strong believer in concepts such as use-case driven exploration, lean principles, rapid prototyping, collaboration with the industry, maintaining artistic intent, and validating consumer value.

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