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Dual leadership at AV Stumpfl

Friday, 26 May 2017

Austria - Fabian Stumpfl joins his brother Tobias Stumpfl in his new position as CEO at the Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl.
Prior to his new role in the family owned company, Fabian Stumpfl was responsible for HR and strategic planning.
AV Stumpfl CEO Tobias Stumpfl explains their work relationship: “We work really well as a team, not only when it comes to company business, but also when flying gliders, which is a passion we both share. During some of our glider trips we spend more than 12 hours together. Whether in the sky or in the office, in order to reach our goals we have to constantly take decisions and adjust our strategy to new developments. That kind of joint decision making only works when you can completely trust one another.”
Towards the end of 2016, AV Stumpfl founder Reinhold Stumpfl handed over the management of the family owned company to his eldest son Tobias. The Austrian company is an internationally successful AV technology manufacturer, with an export quota of more than 90%.
Fabian Stumpfl comments: “Together with our team, we will continue to push the boundaries of what is technologically possible. Growing our international distributor network is another high priority for us.”
(Jim Evans)


Bob Tamburri joins Ashly Audio

Monday, 22 May 2017

USA - Ashly Audio has hired industry veteran Bob Tamburri as product manager. In his new role, Tamburri will oversee and direct the full life cycle of Ashly products, from conception to launch, from launch through market position, support, and maturation. He will bring nearly 40 years of pro audio experience to bear, helping Ashly maintain the vitality of its core business and leveraging strengths to expand into adjacent markets. Tamburri will report directly to Ashly CEO Jim Mack.
“Between his positions at Sony and TOA, Bob has 15 years of direct product management experience,” said Mack. “But the totality of his experience is much broader than that. Really, Bob has had a hand in almost every angle you can imagine in the pro audio industry, and we’re thrilled to bring his perspective and depth of knowledge to Ashly.”
In addition to product management positions at Sony and TOA, Tamburri served as a sales representative for Sennheiser, the national education & merchandising manager at Onkyo, and an A/V designer and integrator at Manny’s Music.
(Jim Evans)


Ola Melzig to host Knight of Illumination Awards

Friday, 19 May 2017

UK - Internationally renowned production manager Ola Melzig - head of production for Eurovision 2017 - is set to host the glamorous tenth anniversary edition of the Knight of Illumination Awards. The prestigious ceremony will be held on 17 September at London's Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.
Throughout his career, Melzig has coordinated innumerable high-profile shows around the globe, including the Commonwealth Games, the Nobel Prize Banquet, and now no fewer than 12 Eurovision productions - all of which are a long way from his first role in the industry, working as a stagehand in 1989. At the 2017 TPI Awards, Melzig was announced 'Production Manager of the Year' as voted for by the public and his peers.
"The Knight of Illumination Awards has become a 'must attend' event in our industry," says Melzig. "Not only does it offer an entertaining evening among notable lighting designers, it's also a flat out great party!"
The Knight of Illumination Awards is the largest UK-based awards ceremony designed to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal talents of international lighting and digital content designers for their spectacular work across the United Kingdom. Melzig adds: "The only thing that could possibly make it better, is if I could win a sword!"
Nominations can be made for the Television and Concert Touring & Events categories at the Knight of Illumination website.
The Headline Sponsors for KOI 2017 are Claypaky and OSRAM. KOI 2017 is also generously sponsored by Spotlight Sponsors ADB, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Ligh


Arena Group adds chief operating officer

Thursday, 18 May 2017

UK - Arena Group has appointed John Farrell to the senior management team as the new Group COO.
Reporting to Group CEO, Greg Lawless, John , who brings a tremendous business track record to the Group, most recently worked for Morrison Utility Services managing the acquisition and integration of a number of acquisitions projects throughout the UK.
Previously, John also worked as business director with both Amey plc and Enterprise plc, where he worked as a group asset director. His development of large scale integrated contracts saw him leading over 2,500 people delivering complex infrastructure services to blue chip clients.
Lawless says: “We are delighted to have secured the appointment of John as his breadth of business experience will further bolster a strong senior management team and enhance the Group’s international expansion capabilities in line with our ambitious growth and acquisition plans.”
(Jim Evans)


Christie strengthens global cinema team

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

USA - Christie has announced that industry veteran Brian Claypool has returned to the organisation to propel the company’s continued dominance in the cinema-technology field as VP, product management global cnema. He will report to Jennifer Smith, Christie’s executive vice president, global market solutions and engineering, and be based in Cypress, California.
The appointment of Claypool, effective immediately, sees his return to Christie to help direct the creation of advanced products and services that further support Christie’s legacy as the leading provider of advanced cinema exhibition technologies and solutions since 1929.
“Brian’s cinema pedigree is impeccable, since beginning in the industry as a projectionist in the 1980s and successive roles with Lucasfilm’s THX division, Avica Technology, Christie and Barco, Brian has an extensive history being immersed in the technology and business of cinema exhibition,” said Jennifer Smith.
Brian returns to Christie and southern California after serving seven years abroad, primarily focused on the development of advanced audio technologies for cinema.
(Jim Evans)


APG adds sales engineer for southern France

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

France - APG has announced the appointment of Rodolphe Portet to the newly-created role of sales engineer for the southern region of France.
With a solid experience in electroacoustic R&D and technical support for the pro audio industry, Portet perfectly matches APG’s new sales organisation, as the company is now fostering a direct approach with integrators and rental stagers in the French territory.
Grégory Dapsanse, APG’s marketing and business development director commented: “Rodolphe is the ideal profile and a perfect fit for our sales force: He brings deep knowledge in sound technologies and technics, which will prove critical to the development of the APG brand in France. He is also affable, trustworthy and honest, some key values that we advocate in our sales approach.”
Rodolphe will be responsible for promoting the APG brand in the south and Rhône-Alpes regions of France, which are typically known for their strong seasonality in event staging and deeply centred on major cities for integration.
(Jim Evans)


Polar appoints business development manager

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

UK - Polar has announced the appointment of Will Turney to the post of business development manager. With seven years’ experience in the AV industry, Will joins the company from Harman-owned AMX, a manufacturer of control and switching equipment, where he was a channel account manager concentrating on the higher education sector.
A marketing and management graduate of Newcastle University, Will's role at Polar will be to bring his dynamism and expertise to grow sales and revenues in the Integrated Solutions division.
Polar director, Stuart Leader, who heads up the Integrated Solutions division, comments: "Will has a comprehensive understanding of AV technologies and their application, as well as a thorough knowledge of the UK marketplace. He was a standout performer in his previous role, recognised with numerous sales awards and we're really pleased to have recruited a team member with the skills and personality that will help us continue to grow and move forward."
(Jim Evans)


New Editor of Light & Sound International announced

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

UK - PLASA Managing Director Peter Heath has announced that Claire Beeson has been promoted to Editor of Light & Sound International (LSi). Claire has been with LSi and PLASA for the past 10 years, serving as LSi’s Deputy Editor before becoming Acting Editor earlier this year.
Peter comments: “I am delighted to announce that Claire Beeson is now the Editor of LSI. Claire has been with the company for nearly 10 years and has made a massive contribution to the magazine and its success. LSi is a prized product within our company and I know it’s in good hands. We look forward to witnessing her personal journey and growth along with the continued success of the magazine.”
As well as working on LSi, Claire is a judge for the Concert Touring & Events category of the prestigious Knight of Illumination Awards, and is a member of the organising committee for the popular Showlight Quadrennial conference.
Claire comments: “I’m excited to be taking on this new challenge and look forward to shaping the future of LSi. Having worked on the publication alongside Lee Baldock for many years, I want to assure readers that there is a strong backbone of continuity in place, and that the magazine everyone knows and loves is in the hands of someone who cares a great deal about maintaining its integrity, quality and popularity within the industry. I look forward to seeing many of you at this week’s PLASA Focus Leeds event and at the PLASA AGM on 22 June.”
(LSi Online)


Supervisory board change at Fohhn Audio

Monday, 8 May 2017

Germany - Fohhn Audio AG has announced a change to its supervisory board as Heinz Schwarz steps down after 16 years at the helm. He is to be succeeded by Richard Nestel.
Schwarz‘s involvement with Fohhn Audio dates back to the company’s foundation in 1993: Since that time, he has held various positions and played an influential role, for example in the area of controlling and through the introduction of an innovative manufacturing strategy.
After Fohhn’s conversion to a public limited company in 2001, Schwarz became chairman of the supervisory board alongside Winfried Baumbach and Prof. Dr. Jörg Knoblauch. He has since acted in an advisory capacity on all major strategic decisions, including the development of a successful digital strategy and the fundamental system concept that applies to all Fohhn products.
At a small in-house ceremony held in the Fohhn SoundLab, board members Jochen Schwarz and Uli Haug thanked Heinz Schwarz for his many years of support and welcomed Schwarz’s successor, Richard Nestel, who is no stranger to the company having served as its tax advisor for many years.
The evening also included a performance by string duo Jochen and Katharina Kefer, whose music highlighted the effects of the SoundLab’s newly installed, electronic VIVACE system from Müller BBM Acoustic Solutions. As well as demonstrating the potential of this electronic room acoustic system, the performance additionally provided opportunity for Fohhn to present its new Focus Venue line array system designed for large-scale concert sound applicatio


New Concert Touring & Events chair for KOI

Friday, 5 May 2017

UK - UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards 2017 (KOI), which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, has announced the appointment of a new chair of the Concert Touring & Events category - Jess Allan.
Well-known in the industry, Jess has worked in professional show lighting and event production for almost 20 years, gaining extensive experience of both technology and design while working in various roles for companies including Martin Professional and TAIT. In addition, Jess has been a member of the organising committee for Showlight, the prestigious quadrennial lighting conference, for the past eight years.
Most recently, Jess has launched Productionomics, a company providing specialist consultancy services to the event production industry, including data research, product launch, strategy planning and project work. In addition, she is currently working on key data research/recording specifically in the field of concert touring.
Jess will chair the panel of judges assessing the Concert Touring & Events category, and KOI is delighted that Jonny Milmer of creative design agency Imagination, lighting designer and video content creator Miguel Ribeiro, Kelly Murray, editor of TPi magazine and Claire Beeson, editor of LSi magazine, return to their roles as judges in this category for 2017.
Jess comments: "I'm very excited to be involved with the Knight of Illumination Awards. I've watched it grow to become a key event in the show lighting calendar. It's special because it fo


Arenna Matthewson joins Prolight Concepts

Thursday, 4 May 2017

UK - The Prolight Concepts Group, distributors of LEDJ, Equinox, Global Truss, eLumen8 and Clever Acoustics, has appointed Arenna Matthewson as regional sales manager for London and the South East.
Arenna joins the team at a time of expansion for the group and is already a familiar face, having previously worked for Avolites and TMB.
“Arenna is looking forward to meeting our existing customers, and welcoming new clients,” says group managing director, Andrew Jeffrey.
(Jim Evans)


EAW expands engineering team

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

USA - EAW has added Marilyn Fernandes to the engineering project management team. The announcement was made by Geoff McKinnon, engineering manager for EAW.
Fernandes, who has a BS in Chemical Engineering from [the] University of Massachusetts, Amherst, brings more than 15 years of experience in both manufacturing and engineering environments where she established a strong track record in managing complex projects to success. In her new role, Fernandes will be responsible for the successful execution of products including planning, budgeting, oversight and documentation.
“Marilyn is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of manufacturing engineering,” explains McKinnon. “Our team will benefit from her expertise and analytical skills. We are delighted to have her join EAW.” Prior to joining EAW, Fernandes was project manager for Dorel Juvenile.


Matt Kingslake joins Theatreplan team

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

UK - With an expanding portfolio of performing projects across its three offices in London, Hong Kong and Sydney, Theatreplan has added Matt Kingslake to its growing team of consultants.
Matt graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in 1989 and went on to work for Holiday on Ice, touring the world for eight years within their electrical department rising to the role of chief electrician. After returning to the UK he was technical manager at Grimsby Auditorium before becoming the first technical manager for the Grove Theatre, Dunstable.
Matt comments: “I worked closely with Theatreplan during the construction and commissioning of the Grove Theatre and am delighted to be part of a team I’ve long admired.”
Theatreplan director, Mathew Smethurst-Evans, says: “With a 25-year career working in a variety of technical theatre roles, Matt is a hugely experienced technical manager with all-round project management skills. He already has a close working relationship with our consultant team and an appreciation of our approach to theatre design.”
(Jim Evans)


LED Creative expands projects team

Friday, 28 April 2017

UK - Illumination specialists LED Creative has welcomed Tim Rees to the role of projects assistant as part of the small but growing team at their Hertfordshire base.
Having spent over 10 years delivering a broad range of production solutions, with a particular focus on lighting, Tim’s experience encompasses client liaison, budgeting and supplier management and is augmented by in-depth working knowledge of production equipment and IT systems.
Speaking about the new appointment, LED Creative’s Adam Howard says: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Tim to our team. We pride ourselves on being able to offer the very highest levels of support to our clients - Tim’s technical understanding and strong project management skills are a fantastic addition to the LED Creative service.”
Commenting on his new role, Tim adds: “The opportunity to join such a dynamic team is incredibly exciting. LED Creative share my passion for excellence in customer service and I’m looking forward to playing a part in the further development of the company.”
(Jim Evans)


Cédric Leoture joins Peerless-AV in France

Thursday, 27 April 2017

France - Peerless-AV has announced the addition of Cédric Leoture to the position of channel account manager – France. Based near Paris, Cédric is responsible for stimulating existing channel relationships and driving new partner-based development activities to enhance Peerless-AV product knowledge and brand awareness in the rapidly growing French AV market.
“France is a major growth market for us so maintaining and strengthening our routes to market is crucial,” commented Melinda Von Horvath, vice president of sales EMEA, Peerless-AV. “Cédric is a great new addition to the export Sales team with an impressive background working with several of our French customers. His experience in AV and IT distribution means he has a solid understanding of channel sales and a high level of technical expertise, which will be instrumental in taking us to the next level in the region.”
Prior to joining Peerless-AV, Cédric worked for a value-added distributor where he was responsible for business development of video conferencing, interactive flat panels and other smart technologies. Prior to that he worked closely with corporate resellers at specialist distributor Sidev (part of Midwich Group) and before that held various commercial sales roles within IT distribution.
(Jim Evans)


Mike Phillipson appointed MD at Blitz|GES

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

UK - GES has announced the appointment of Mike Phillipson as managing director of its Blitz|GES event production business with immediate effect. Phillipson will be part of the GES EMEA executive team, reporting to Jason Popp, EVP of international at GES.
Phillipson is the former CEO of the creative communications agency group, Cogent Elliott and started his career working at global creative agencies Saatchi and Saatchi, Lowe and then JWT, before moving client-side to head up the marketing for the award-winning 24-hour bank, First Direct.
With the addition of Phillipson, industry veteran Paul Hutton, who has been with the business since 1989 and previously served as managing director of Blitz|GES, is taking on a new role. Hutton will now focus on agency partner relationships which are key to the business and its customers.
Popp commented, “I am delighted that Mike has joined the team. His background blends both creative and commercial capabilities and is a great fit for Blitz|GES, as we embark on the next phase of growth. Our clients are embracing live events as a key marketing channel and Mike’s brand expertise will prove invaluable to both existing and new customers.”
Phillipson said: "It’s an exciting time to be joining Blitz|GES. The business has a proud 25 year history, with a reputation for quality and technical excellence – no small feat in such a demanding industry. We have a strong story to tell and a great client list - I relish the opportunity to work with the team to deliver unforgettable live events for our customers and


Kevin McNally joins Old Barn Audio

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

UK - With over 25 years’ experience working in the professional audio industry - for companies such as Martin Audio, EAW and Bose, and more recently the Music Group - Kevin McNally has joined Old Barn Audio as the company’s new business development manager.
Seeking a return to his roots of installation and professional sales, he was approached by OBA owners, Phil Clark and Neil Kavanagh, whom he has known for many years, with the new position in mind.
“We are thrilled that Kevin has agreed to join us and expand our ever growing business,” states Clark “His knowledge and connections within the industry will greatly boost our next five-year plan and ensure that our growth continues.”
The role of business development manager will encompass not only the growth of OBA’s successful install business, but also that of professional audio dealers for many top blue-chip brands. The introduction of unrepresented professional audio brands to the UK market will also be something Kevin will spearhead within his role.
“Neil, Phil and I go back to my days at EAW and Martin Audio, and we have always had a great and open relationship,” states McNally. “We have completed many site visits and system designs together over the years and when they asked me to join them I could see that this could be a great opportunity to strengthen the Old Barn Audio team and match my aspirations.”
(Jim Evans)


Thorborn appointed Mojo Barriers UK director

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

UK - Kevin Thorborn has been promoted director of Mojo Barriers UK, following his role as UK manager for the past 17 years.
Having started at Mojo Barriers in 2000 Kevin has managed the provision of stage and crowd safety barriers to over 1,000 festivals, from their local Medway Castle Concerts to Glastonbury Festival. His diverse experience spans venues from student unions to the O2 Arena, supplying concerts and European tours, which this year have included Bruno Mars, film premieres, award shows such as the Brit Awards, major public and sporting events and he has even supplied police forces in riot situations.
Mojo Barriers CEO Alex Borger states: “We are delighted at Kevin’s progression since joining Mojo, particularly over the past two years when he has delivered consistently impressive results and expanded the UK business. I am sure this promotion to UK director is the beginning of a very exciting future as we look to expand our offering to the UK market with Kevin at the helm.”
(Jim Evans)


Scott Rooney-Ashby joins Hawthorn

Friday, 21 April 2017

UK - Event professional Scott Rooney-Ashby has joined Hawthorn as account director to support the development of new and existing business for the company’s live event technical production service.
Formerly head of account management at mclcreate, Scott’s 20-year career has taken him through various roles from a technical project manager through to his current role as account director at Hawthorn. Clients he has worked with include: Royal Mail, JTI (Japan Tobacco International), RBS, Network Rail and the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Scott said: “I’m thrilled to have joined the Hawthorn team at such an exciting time for the company, which has seen eye-catching growth over recent years. It’s clear over the short time I’ve been with the business that I’ll be working with a team of talented, experienced and dedicated technical event professionals and I’m very much looking forward to working with them to deliver incredible events for existing and new clients.”
Simon Wood, group director of projects at Hawthorn added: “We’re delighted to welcome Scott to the team. With his in-depth experience of working across delivery, project and creative teams, Scott knows how to create truly memorable experiences for his clients and shares Hawthorn’s commitment to working collaboratively every step of the way to deliver amazing results.”
(Jim Evans)


Simon King flies solo with La Traviata

Thursday, 20 April 2017

South Africa - Simon King is flying solo after working at the State Theatre in Pretoria for 28 years. He recently took a seat behind the grandMA2 to light La Traviata, performed at The Joburg Theatre by the Joburg Ballet, and complimented with the music of Giuseppe Verdi.
“The ballet is by Veronica Paeper, a renowned South African choreographer from Cape Town, and Peter Cazalet, the set designer,” said Simon. “They have specific looks so when I create something they will say ‘yes or no’, or perhaps ask me to tinker. These are classic productions but I’m also given the liberty to play. Having worked with the ballet company since 1993, it’s like working with old friends.”
Simon programmed the lighting on a grandMA2, what he describes as his happy desk. “It always works for me –it’s like my other limb and I’m very comfortable on it. It never gives me problems, is easy, fast and never crashes.”
Simon also made use of the venue’s in-house Robin 800s and MMX Spots. “The Robin 800s were used to dress the set, as side lights and for little effects. They were very busy,” he said. “The MMX spots were used for soft gobo lighting and set and dancer specials.”
(Jim Evans)


Rodgers to head DWR Install department

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

South Africa - Andrew Rodgers has joined South African based DWR Distribution. With his considerable experience in project management, technical skill and maintenance contracts, Andi will head the DWR Installation Department.
Born and raised in Liverpool, Andi did various maintenance and repair contracts at recording studios such as the Ezee Studio and prior to that the Pink Studio in the UK before moving to South Africa in 1990 where he was offered a maintenance positioned at Sun City’s Superbowl.
His colourful career has seen him working at Prosound in electronics design and maintenance, and he also did a stint or two as a freelancer in South East Asia where he worked on various projects including the project management for an audio recording studio for Taffix Solutions of Brunei.
“Andi has been a wonderful friend for close to 20 years now, where we often worked on the same projects,” said Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution. “He is respected for his great workmanship and importantly for his humanity. This has been a calculated decision as the installation department has been laden with installs for now and for the future. We feel that if the correct people are in place, we will have a successful installation at the end of the project, and a happy client. It’s a privilege to welcome Andi to the family.”
(Jim Evans)


Burke appointed MD of CT Asia Pacific

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

China - Creative Technology (CT) has announced that with immediate effect Chris Burke will take on the role of managing director of Creative Technology in Shanghai. Chris will also continue as managing director of CT in Hong Kong and Singapore. This appointment now puts all of CT’s Asia Pacific Business under his control.
Chris has been with Creative Technology since 2009 and in that time, he has developed the necessary skills to effect the changes that will be needed to further develop the China business and expand CT’s operation in this region.
Chris replaces Simon Tibble who passed away suddenly at his home in Shanghai just over a week ago. Simon was a key part of the China business and a true industry veteran whose skills helped develop the business into what it is today. He will be missed by all.
Graham Andrews, president of Creative Technology North America and Asia Pacific said, “I am delighted that Chris is taking on this additional responsibility and hope you will join me in congratulating him on his appointment.”
(Jim Evans)


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