Nugen Audio Promotes Charles Blessing to CEO & Sophie Guest to CMO as Its Co-Founder Steps Back

Michael Raine
November 9, 2022

The executive team at Nugen Audio has announced the immediate promotions of its senior team members, Charles Blessing and Sophie Guest, who will be stepping into the roles of CEO and chief marketing officer (CMO), respectively. The changes come as Nugen Audio Co-founder Dr. Paul Tapper steps back from his position as CEO to focus on his new immersive gaming brand, Fruity Systems. Tapper will continue to serve as a director and chief financial officer (CFO) for Nugen Audio. Additionally, Guest will join Blessing and Tapper on the company’s Board of Directors.

“I co-founded Nugen Audio in 2004 with the goal of changing the world of audio,” says Tapper. “I am honoured to have been able to lead this brand for so many years, and I am excited to move into my new role with NUGEN, and to continue to serve the company as a Director. I know that Nugen is in capable hands, and that Charles will work tirelessly as CEO to continue to evolve our creative and technological advancements. I also applaud Sophie for her devotion to Nugen, and I am certain she will develop new and exciting ways to present our solutions to the industry.”

As CEO, Blessing will continue to push forth the company’s forward-thinking efforts and provide the leadership needed to take Nugen Audio into the future, the company says. Blessing, who previously served as the brand’s chief technology officer first joined the company as a software engineer in 2013. Prior to that, Blessing, who has a degree in computer science and maths from the University of York, held several programmer and engineer positions with Team17 Software.

In his new role, Blessing’s goals for the company are to continue creating and delivering products of uncompromising quality, ones that audio professionals crave. “I value quality over quantity and at Nugen Audio we invest in our people to ensure that we can deliver just that,” he says. “We’re here to serve our customers by developing and delivering the products they require to run successful and effective businesses themselves. Additionally, I am part of an already successful team and I know that it’s always important to invest in those around you to ensure that the customer gets the best experience.”

Among those existing team members is Guest, who has been promoted to CMO and will now join Tapper and Blessing on the Board of Directors. Guest first joined Nugen Audio in 2018 as creative marketing manager and most recently served as Marketing Director. A creative thinker who moonlights as a radio presenter and voiceover artist, Guest is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, from which she holds a degree in hospitality and events management. After pivoting from her initial career path, Guest held various sales, marketing, and promotions positions before coming to Nugen Audio.

Blessing’s previous role as CTO will be filled after the start of the year by Nugen Audio’s Senior Software Engineer, Patxi Monedero.

Nugen Audio is distributed in Canada by Music Marketing. For more information, go to

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Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.