Slusser named chairman, Kirchner becomes CEO
HOLLYWOOD — Sound powerhouse Digital Theater Systems has tapped Dan Slusser chairman, while prexy Jon Kirchner now also assumes the role of CEO.
Slusser was previously CEO and vice chairman of Agoura Hills, Calif.-based DTS. Slusser and Kirchner will remain a team in expanding the presence of DTS sound technology worldwide.
Slusser joined the company in 1997 and has overseen the growth of DTS sound systems in movie theaters worldwide as well as the company’s expansion into the consumer products market. Before DTS, Slusser worked for MCA and 20th Century Fox.
Kirchner joined DTS in 1993, shortly after the company was founded with the release of “Jurassic Park.” He initially served as chief financial officer and veep of finance and business development, helping to lead the growth of DTS and its expansion from a provider of digital multichannel audio for cinemas into other entertainment markets, including home theater, car audio, vidgames, CDs and DVDs.
DTS is featured on more than 20,000 motion picture screens worldwide. To date, more than 16 million consumer electronic products featuring DTS decoders have been sold.