Cobra Remembers Carl Korn, Founder and Former Chairman
It is with deepest sadness that I must inform you that our founder and former Chairman, Carl Korn has passed away yesterday, at the age of 92. Today, we lost one of the true electronics pioneers. Carl founded the earliest incarnation of Cobra, Central Television Services. Like most entrepreneurs, it was founded out of his garage with his partner in 1948 and provided repair services for the then fledgling television industry. As the industry began to rapidly grow, Carl and his partner designed, produced, and marketed their own test equipment with features that were a first of its kind. Soon, B&K Electronics was born.
Throughout the 50s and 60s, B&K Electronics, along with other small electronics companies, joined forces to form Dynascan Corporation. In 1963, Dynascan engineers developed the world's first citizens band (CB) radio, the Sidewinder, which was shortly followed by the Cobra. With widespread acceptance of these radios in the marketplace, the Cobra name caught on with consumers and eventually evolved into the symbol and brand name for this signature product.
Carl guided the company through its expansion into the introduction of cordless telephones and radar detectors in his lead role as Chairman and CEO. It was then that the Cobra brand name soon came to stand for technical innovation and remains as such today. By 1987, under Carl's leadership, the company was propelled exclusively into the consumer electronics market. In 2002, Carl was honored by Ernst and Young as its Entrepreneur of the Year.
Carl served as president and CEO of Cobra from 1961 to 1985 and was Chairman of the Board from 1961-2008. Carl officially retired on September 28, 2008 but never mixed a chance to have lunch or a discussion regarding his beloved Cobra. He remained Chairman Emeritus until death.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at
Chicago Jewish Funerals
8551 Skokie Blvd.
Burial will immediately follow at Shalom Memorial Park, Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Please keep Carl in your thoughts and prayers and join me in wishing the deepest of sympathies to his wife, Esther, and his family.
Chairman and CEO