Premium lifestyle gear and audio distributor, Aqipa Australia has welcomed Nigel Philips as CEO, succeeding Alfredo Sabatino, who will remain with the business as COO on a group level and relocate to the company’s European headquarters.

Philips has spent over 15 years at Quiksilver and gained extensive experience in leading management roles as chief financial officer and chief operating officer in consumer, retail and B2C. His experience spans from E.R.P. implementation, efficiency initiatives, supply chain network redesign, retail acquisition to significant experience and competency in Asian supply chain management.

Commenting on his appointment, Philips said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Aqipa and the brands that we are partnered with. I am also excited about the consumer electronics industry, its evolution and the opportunities that are developing before us. I am fortunate to be working with a team who are professional, energetic and ready to go on executing our strategy in the distribution of premium products for Australasia.”

Sabatino said he is thankful for his time at Aqipa Australia and the privilege to work with and build a fantastic team. “I am looking forward to contributing to growing brands on a headquarter level. With Nigel, we have found an experienced and seasonal leader that will help us become a powerful house of brands and the go-to partner for premium consumer electronic brands in Australia.”

Aqipa Australia is the distributor of brands including Devialet, Marshall Headphones, Audio Pro, Aarke, Nextbase and Pure, among others.