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Sonos names Microsoft product chief and Surface impresario Panos Panay to its board

Panos Panay’s well-known ardour for expertise apparently extends past computer systems and tablets to wi-fi dwelling audio system.

Microsoft’s chief product officer, the longtime chief of its Surface {hardware} group, was named Monday morning to the Sonos board of administrators, giving the high-tech speaker and audio expertise firm a board member with deep expertise throughout units and software program.

“Sonos is making among the finest shopper merchandise on the market by specializing in the tip to finish buyer expertise,” Panay stated . “I’m excited to work with the board and to be a part of what comes subsequent.”

As Microsoft’s chief product officer, Panay oversees the corporate’s . He was within the information final week because the Redmond firm introduced for Microsoft’s new Surface Duo dual-screen Android gadget.

As a result of the gadget is constructed on Android, Microsoft is working with its longtime rival Google on the Surface Duo. Individually, Sonos filed go well with towards Google earlier this yr, alleging that the search large . That might place Panay as a possible peacemaker, or create a difficult scenario for him to navigate as a member of the Sonos board.

Panay turns into the tenth member of the Sonos board, which additionally contains as well as to present and former prime executives from corporations together with Restoration {Hardware}, Conde Nast, Publicis Sapient, and Hearst Magazines, amongst others.

Sonos, primarily based in Santa Barbara, Calif., just lately reported income of $249 million for the quarter ended June 27, down 4%, and a internet lack of $57 million, vs. a internet lack of $14 million a yr earlier. The corporate stated it was in a position to decrease the influence of retail retailer closures on its gross sales by increasing its direct-to-consumer gross sales.

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