We were deeply saddened to learn that Neil Hauser passed away on February 15th, aged 87, following a long illness.
Neil Hauser was one of the early leaders of Allen & Heath and was instrumental in the company’s initial development and success. After Steve Batiste, Andy Bereza and Andrew Stirling had formed Allen & Heath in 1969, the business found itself in some disarray when these three audio pioneers left to pursue different projects. It was at this point that Hauser came in and stabilised the company financially; he pulled off the acquisition of Brenell to form AHB, and also joined MBI, and instigated the sale of A&H to Harman in 1991.
Neil instigated Allen & Heath’s move from central London to the current site in Penryn, Cornwall, in the early ’80s, which heralded the System 8, Syncon, and Sigma recording consoles and, with MBI, franchised radio installations.
Neil returned to operations at head office and handed over the management of the company to John Ball in 1986. With his wife Rhoda, he attended Allen & Heath’s 40th birthday party celebrations at the 'Gherkin' in 2009, proving that the company was still very much in his heart.