reMarkable, the leading innovator in the paper tablet category, has named Philip Hess, former president and CEO of the audio giant Bose Corporation, as the new CEO. Mr. Hess takes over from the founder Magnus Wanberg and interim CEO, Vegard Veiteberg. Hess’s appointment is effective January 1, 2024.
In his 24 years at Bose, including as president and CEO, Hess helped transform the company into new ventures, initiating its sustainability efforts, refining its brand, and reaching record revenue. Since 2020, he has served as chief operating officer of Signifier Medical Technologies, a startup working to revolutionize the sleep market with simple, effective medical devices.
“Throughout my career, I’ve worked on the leading edge of technology that makes a difference in people’s lives,” Hess said. “That’s what drew me to remarkable. In just a few years, millions of customers have started using reMarkable’s products — helping them focus in a world full of distractions. I’m excited to join the talented, driven team and explore how we can push the boundaries in the market for technology that helps you think better.”
The appointment of Hess concludes a global recruitment effort led by reMarkable’s board of directors and its executive chairman, Magnus Haug Wanberg, who founded reMarkable and served as CEO for the past nine years.
“This is an exciting time for reMarkable: we’re rapidly expanding into new markets, growing our presence in retail stores, and making our mark as one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies,” Wanberg said. “I’m confident that Phil’s rich experience growing and scaling one of the world’s leading consumer electronics brands makes him the right person to bring reMarkable’s aspirations to life.”
I think new leadership is precisely what reMarkable needs right now. The reMarkable is primarily sold on their website. In recent years they have sought to expand the reach it is available online and in-store at Best Buy in the US, and online and in-store in Currys in the UK. In addition, it is available in other retail stores globally, including Virgin Megastores in the Middle East, JB HIFI in Australia, Elkjop across the Nordics, and Amazon.
reMarkable currently has lots of competition in the digital paper space. This includes the Amazon Kindle Scribe, Kobo Sage, Kobo Elipsa, and a myriad of products from Onyx Boox, Supernote, and Meebook.
Michael Kozlowski is the editor-in-chief at Good e-Reader and has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past fifteen years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.