UK - SGM has appointed Anthony Van-Sertima as the new business development manager at its UK branch. Anthony was first introduced to SGM in 2005 and has loved the products ever since.
“In the UK, the network of lighting people is close and friendly. Having extensive knowledge in lighting and production, I’ll be on hand to provide the link between lighting designers and the brand; a friendly, familiar face,” said Anthony about his new role at SGM.
Anthony foresees a huge growth phase for SGM, and is thrilled to be part of that journey.
“It’s not like other manufactures are falling short, but SGM is a few years ahead of competitors, having developed purely LED based technology a few years before the other major manufacturers,” said Anthony. “Also, in terms of the IP-rating, it is an exciting time for SGM as the demand for outside light installations is increasing, particularly here in the UK, but also globally,” said Anthony.
Ian Kirby, director at SGM UK, brought Anthony aboard exactly because of Anthony’s background and extensive knowledge. He is likewise extremely positive about Anthony’s influence on SGM’s expansion into the theatre market. “Anthony brings a wealth of experience in lighting design and production. He is perfectly placed to help SGM develop its marketplace in production and theatre,” said Ian.
France - L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of industry expert Tony Szabo as head of application, touring. Tony will work directly with Florent Bernard, director of applications, touring to deploy the application strategy for the touring market and manage the touring applications team.
Tony will be a familiar face to many in the industry, his career spans 25 years - from monitor technician to FOH engineer, show controller, crew chief and senior FOH systems engineer, Tony has worked with the world’s top artists and festivals. Most recently, he served as senior systems engineer at L-Acoustics UK partner Adlib Audio Solutions, designing systems for tours and festivals as well as mentoring the systems engineer team and leading technology acquisition decisions.
“Tony’s extensive experience in key posts in the industry brings a unique and fresh perspective to lead our market development strategy. His combination of technical expertise, industry knowledge, and business acumen will be a great asset for L-Acoustics,” affirmed Florent Bernard. “Counting Tony in this newly created position will allow us to continue to affirm and expand our leadership in the touring market, while supporting our partners to do the same.”
UK - Steve Warren is working in partnership with Chroma Q distributors A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) to develop sales of Chroma-Q's lighting fixtures range.
This partnership follows the recent appointment of Steve’s company, Lighting Distribution Consulting, to assist the development of Chroma-Q’s international sales and distribution channels outside of North America.
The latest generation of Chroma-Q LED products have won multiple awards and garnered much praise from users for their high performance. These include the new Color Force II colour-mixing LED cyc and wash light, the Inspire colour-mixing LED house light, and the Space Force variable white LED soft light.
UK - JHS has announced the appointment of Chris Walton to the position of pro audio sales specialist for the UK and Ireland.
Chris, who will be familiar to JHS customers from his tenure in the company’s sales office, will be the internal “go to guy” for all things pro audio at JHS.
Chris has a long history in pro audio which covers all aspects of touring, live sound and studio engineering, system configuration, installation and said of the appointment: “I look forward to the challenge of the new role supporting and expanding on relations with new and existing customers.”
JHS managing director Dennis Drumm commemts: “Chris’ experience of JHS and its pro audio brands and his extensive knowledge, direct personal experience and ongoing engagement in touring and live sound brings a terrific asset to bear to support our pro audio activities.”
Asia - Chauvet has announced that Hanslee Lim will be spearheading its sales division in Asia. Lim comes to Chauvet after directing Asian market sales for Robe and SGM.
“We are extremely happy to have someone with Hanslee’s impressive track record and commitment to excellence on our team,” said Stéphane Gressier, international sales director of Chauvet. “Hanslee has an extraordinary depth of knowledge about lighting in general and more specifically about lighting in the Asian market. Most importantly though, he has a well-deserved reputation for understanding the needs of customers and putting them first. This makes him very compatible with the Chauvet way of doing business.”
In his new role, Lim will be responsible for directing sales throughout the Asian market for all Chauvet brands including ChauvetProfessional, Chauvet DJ, Iluminarc architectural lighting and Trusst trussing. He will report directly to Gressier.
“About five years ago, a very prominent lighting veteran told me to watch Chauvet as it was on the move, and today, here I am with the company. For me, this is an exciting opportunity,” said Lim. “Chauvet’s stature has been growing rapidly in Asia and across the globe. Customers know the company as an innovator with a strong commitment to delivering value. I look forward to building on this reputation and growing a powerful sales network throughout Asia for all Chauvet brands.”
UK - Cardiff-based event service provider 11th Hour has appointed Gareth Clark, an electrician with 20 years’ experience.
Gareth has worked across the commercial electrical sector on landmark projects such as the O2 Arena, the Reuters Building and a number of other London locations, perhaps most notably as a supervisor for Honeywell during the construction of the new Wembley Stadium, where he had responsibility for turnstiles and escalators as well as installing PAVA and fire alarm provision.
Closer to 11th Hour's Cardiff base, Gareth is very familiar with regular 11th Hour territories, including The Principality Stadium and Celtic Manor. Although very comfortable handling large scale projects, Gareth has a broad-based background and recently completed a foundation degree in Live Event Technology at the University of South Wales.
USA - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that David Scheirman has taken office as their new president.
Scheirman has over 40 years of experience and expertise in professional audio and has been a long-time active member of the AES, having served three terms on the Board of Governors and taken up numerous roles and chair positions at AES conventions and within the AES committee system.
“David has played a leading role in the past year as chair of the president’s strategic planning team,” said Alex Case, as he ends his own one-year presidential term. “David was instrumental in our development of new events and collaborations. With his broad and deep industry experience, he is uniquely prepared to lead these AES initiatives in the coming year.” Case will continue to serve on the AES Executive Committee as Past President, while also chairing the Membership and Nominations Committees.
Scheirman, an AES member since 1975, has been directly involved with PA rental companies, an installed system integrator, an electro-acoustical measurement laboratory, a computer-control system developer, a networking technology R&D firm and leading loudspeaker system manufacturers, with previous recent experience notably including his work with HarmanProfessional and JBL. Currently, he holds the position of director, global concert & rental business at Bose Professional.
“I’m honoured to have been elected President of the AES by our membership,” said Scheirman, “and the timing takes place as our Society moves forward with so
UK - Allen & Heath has announced the appointment of R&D director, Rob Clark to the role of managing director, following the decision by longstanding company figurehead, Glenn Rogers, to pass on the reins to the next generation.
Rob Clark joined Allen & Heath as a digital R&D engineer in 1993 and has played a key role in the development of the company’s digital mixers, becoming R&D Director in 2008.
Glenn Rogers remains a director of the Audiotonix group, focusing on identifying market opportunities and helping to specify new products.
Rob Clark commented, “It’s an honour to take on this new challenge. Glenn has been a trusted friend and mentor for more than 20 years, and I know we can rely on his wise counsel in the future. It’s a fantastic time to move into this role; the product range has never been stronger, we’re blessed with an amazingly talented team, and we have the collective expertise of the Audiotonix group to draw upon. Together we will continue to grow the business with the passion and innovation that Glenn has always personified.”
Glenn Rogers said, “Rob has a wealth of experience and the best team in the business behind him, so I know that Allen & Heath will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership. I am excited to take up new challenges for the Audiotonix group and look forward to exploring the new ideas and technologies that will shape the next generation of mixers.”
UK - GDS has announced the appointment of Harry Pain to the post of sales and marketing assistant. Harry is a recent graduate, holding a BA (Hons) in Event and Hospitality Management, who joins the company after three years’ experience in administration, office support, research and content creation for Penny Brohn UK, a major cancer support organisation.
Managing Director Matt Lloyd comments: "Harry possesses exactly the drive and energy that is required within the GDS team. These are very exciting times for us, we are growing and our products, new and established, are having a global impact that is driving demand at an ever-increasing rate.”
Harry Pain adds, "I'm very excited to be joining GDS. There is an incredible buzz around the place and it was pretty quickly apparent that everyone on the team is passionate about their work.”
UAE - Sennheiser has appointed Fadi Costantine as technical sales manager in the Middle East. He will primarily focus on supporting customers and growing Sennheiser’s footprint in the business communication, system integration and audio recording segments. Prior to joining Sennheiser, Fadi held the position of audio division manager at Venuetech, Sennheiser’s long-standing distributor in the region.
Ryan Burr, head of technical sales & application engineering at Sennheiser Middle East, said: “Fadi is the ideal candidate to help us drive further growth as he brings with him wide-ranging knowledge of our customer base and pertinent skills that will be invaluable to our team."
Commenting on his new position, Fadi said: “Joining Sennheiser presents me with the opportunity to drive innovation and the uptake of best practices in the Middle East industry. Over the duration of my career in the UAE and Lebanon, I have established professional relationships with key industry figures which I will now leverage to help Sennheiser penetrate into new customer accounts.”
UK - The Scottish Ballet has appointed Matthew Strachan as its new technical director. He takes over from George Thomson, who has left for the English National Ballet.
Strachan said: "Having worked with Scottish Ballet for almost 20 years including extensive freelance work, I was delighted to be appointed technical director. I’ve had the fortune to work with a fantastic team during this time and I’m looking forward to this exciting new position."
Christopher Hampson, chief executive/artistic director of the Scottish Ballet, added: "Matthew was the obvious choice as our technical director as he is a highly talented individual and has delivered exceptional work for us over the years. I wish him every success in his new position." Strachan first joined the Scottish Ballet in 1998 as deputy electrician and has worked on numerous award-winning productions including Ashley Page’s Cinderella, A Streetcar Named Desire and Christopher Hampson’s Hansel and Gretel. The first production Strachan will work on in his new post will be Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker, which opens at The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on 9 December.
Europe - In anticipation of Brexit, ADJ has re-assigned two of its key personnel to continue the company’s growth in the UK and mainland Europe. Kris Dawber will take on the role of UK and Ireland sales manager while Sebastian Mobers will move into the position of EU sales manager.
ADJ Europe recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and the company’s European arm is a significant part of its global business with showrooms at Kerkrade in the Netherlands and Greater Manchester in the UK.
Having worked for ADJ in Europe for almost 15 years, Sebastian Mobers is an integral and highly valued member of the team. Having most recently served as the company’s European purchasing manager, before previously gained valuable experience in the sales department, he will take on the role of EU sales manager. This role will involve supporting and overseeing ADJ’s regional sales team throughout Europe.
Meanwhile, Kris Dawber, who has been with the company for 11 years and previously held the position of European sales manager, will re-focus his efforts on the UK and Ireland. Having played a pivotal role in establishing ADJ in the UK, he is best placed to ensure that the company retains its strong market position and continues to give excellent support it its customers, both new and established, following the UK’s departure from the EU.
Commenting of the redeployment, president of the ADJ Group of Companies Toby Velazquez said, “The UK is an important market for ADJ and we want to make sure that it is well supported during these uncertain times surro
USA - Tomcat USA has appointed Carmen Savarese as a sales & marketing director.
Carmen has served as global business developer and chief operating officer during her 11 years in the entertainment industry and will use this experience to grow and expand the Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering truss brands in the Americas and internationally.
She will add “a new, dynamic element to the already well established and successful Tomcat and JTE teams”, says the company.
USA - John Castelino has been appointed vice-president of global marketing at Chauvet. In his new position, Castelino will be responsible for Chauvet’s entire brand portfolio which includes Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ, Iluminarc, Trusst and ChamSys.
Castelino joins Chauvet after a distinguished career at Stanley Black & Decker, where he served as vice-president of product management and marketing. During his time at Stanley Black & Decker, Castelino led some of the company’s largest brand portfolios such as DEWALT and Mac Tools.
“John’s experience, leadership and passion for brand building make him a valuable addition to our management team,” said Berenice Chauvet, shareholder and senior advisor to Chauvet. “We have built Chauvet into a leading and trusted name in the entertainment and architectural lighting industries. The insights and expertise that John brings to the table will help us take our company to the next level.”
Castelino will report directly to Chauvet CEO Albert Chauvet, who commented: “There is a great fit between John and our entire management team,” said Chauvet. “We share a common vision for this company’s future. John has the judgement, skill set and ideas that can help us turn our shared vision into a reality.”
For his part, Castelino comments, “I am thrilled to join Chauvet and work with a visionary CEO in a fast paced, dynamic industry. Chauvet’s commitment to being a leader, our customer-centric approach, and our commitment to new product development are great combination.”
USA - High End Systems has announced the addition of three new employees. Terry Heisler is joining as West Coast regional sales manager and Clint Wingrove has signed on as south eastern regional sales manager. In HES Engineering, Ian Clarke has become a R&D product development manager.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Terry Heisler was on the touring circuit for many years before starting a lighting design company in Canada. After moving to Chicago in 2007, Terry has combined design, management and sales with such companies as Lightswitch, ILC and VER. He comments, “I started my design and programming career using High End fixtures and Hog desks. The product line is now stronger than ever, and I’m very excited to be working with such great people at HES/ETC.”
Clint Wingrove worked as sales manager for Oasis Stage Werks and lighting consultant for Utah Jazz before joining PSLP Inc. in 2010 as South Central States representative. Clint says: “I believe High End Systems’ lighting and control products are unparalleled in the industry, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this team. I look forward to supporting our existing dealer base and introducing new customers to our product lines.”
Ian Clarke brings over 30 years of industry experience, including touring, electronic design and development, product development and project management. For many years he worked with Light & Sound Design, PRG and his own firm Clark Projects Ltd. Ian says: “I am excited to be joining High End Systems for this new chapter, and look forward t
UK - JHS has announced the appointment of Jack Irish to the position of pro audio area sales manager for southern UK and Ireland.
Joining JHS after a short sojourn outside of the industry, following on from his six years as an ASM with Lamba PLC, Jack says of the appointment: “I am incredibly excited and proud to be working with JHS. Being part of the team here will be a pleasure, because they have so many respected brands that encompass an array of innovative and high-quality products that can cater for almost everyone. I am very passionate about the industry and am looking forward to meeting with both old and new customers.”
JHS managing sirector Dennis Drumm adds: “We’re looking forward to Jack joining the company very much. With a well-deserved reputation for excellence and a well-grounded knowledge of the industry and customer base, Jack will really hit the ground running.”
After an initial induction phase, which will include a trip to HK Audio in Germany where he will get a chance to see the manufacturing and distribution facilities and spend some time at head office familiarising himself with the JHS organisation.
USA - ADJ Products has announced two new appointments to its growing network of sales associates within the United States. The first appointment is that of Aldridge Marketing, a manufacturer’s representative firm located in Austin, Texas. Since 1992, Randall Aldridge and the Aldridge Marketing team have represented AV and MI manufacturers in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Effective 1 November 1, 2017, Aldridge Marketing will represent ADJ Products (ADJ Lighting, American Audio, Accu-Cable and Accu-Case) throughout their territory.
“We are very excited to welcome Randall and his team at Aldridge Marketing to the ADJ family,” said Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager of ADJ USA. “Aldridge Marketing’s expertise is exactly what we were looking for to represent ADJ’s growing range of professional lighting and video products for installation, rental and production.” Randall added, “It’s great to be working with the company that pioneered the affordable entertainment lighting category.”
ADJ Products has also announced the appointment of Tom Freret as regional sales manager representing all ADJ brands for the Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions encompassing Washmington, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Tom’s duties will entail working directly with ADJ dealers in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Plus, he will work with ADJ’s rep firm, Audio Source, in the Pacific Northwest.
Tom has over 33 years of experience in the entertainment lighting and audio industry in re
UK - Gooee’s Neil Salt has been named managing director ahead of the company’s European launch at LuxLive 2017 to be held on 15-16 November at Excel London. The MD will support the UK/European team from the company’s new offices in Paddington.
Gooee provides space and occupancy analytics, wireless lighting control and beacon networking for the smart building industry. It was co-founded in 2014 by Salt, Andrew Johnson and Simon Coombes.
Johnson says: “With 18 years’ experience in the lighting industry, Neil’s expertise in delivering products into the built environment, combined with his experience in marketing and technology, make him a valuable addition to the team in this next phase of Gooee’s growth and deployment.”
In the last three years Gooee has been building a data and analytics platform and has signed up over 50 lighting and building companies for integration and channel development.
Over the past two decades Neil has worked in various roles spanning product ideation and development, technology solutions and global marketing. He spent seven years at Aurora Lighting before returning to the UK in 2014.
UK - Cardiff-based event and project management specialist 11th Hour has recruited three new full-time team members to help meet growing demand for its services.
Project manager Kirstie Evans joins from Cardiff Council's events team where she gained a wide variety of production experience. A graduate of The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Kirstie also has experience in TV and film production management.
She is joined by assistant project manager, Pete Morgan who studied Live Event Technology at The University of Glamorgan before gaining experience working as a senior technician in television technology supply, as well as freelancing in the wider events industry.
In an increasingly busy warehouse, Sarah Everson takes on the role of assistant warehouse manager. With a degree in Music Technology, Sarah was apprenticed at The Wales Millennium Centre where she gained invaluable insights into all aspects of event production and developed strong technical skills.
11th Hour Director, Andy Hopkins, reflects on the appointments: "To keep pace with sharply growing demand for our services, we've recruited three dynamic and highly motivated individuals who bring with them a combination of experience, energy and a real passion for the events industry.
“11th Hour is moving forwards in leaps and bounds and our progress maintains pressure on everyone at the company to work hard and smart. The new team members have all slotted in and hit the ground running - we're delighted to have them on board in the thick of the action."
USA - Jewel Kusek has joined the DPA Microphones’ US team as general manager after serving as controller for Next Level Resource Partners.
In her new role, Kusek will be responsible for the strategic financial leadership of DPA, overseeing all aspects of DPA’s operations including finance, human resources, sales, logistics and customer relations.
“I am excited to bring my previous experiences to the DPA Microphones family,” says Kusek. “DPA is a highly regarded company and I am thrilled to be working with the team at the USA branch of operations.”
“Jewel brings more than a decade of experience as a leader in business management and accounting, and we are happy to welcome her to our team,” says Christopher Spahr, VP of marketing and sales, DPA Microphones, Inc. “She is a results-driven leader who will oversee the continued growth of DPA Microphones as we reinforce our commitment to the industry.”
UK - PLASA has promoted Christopher Toulmin to the role of commercial director. In this newly created position, Chris will oversee all sales and marketing activities in the organisation, driving the success of its commercial divisions which includes its event portfolio (PLASA Show, PLASA Focus Leeds and PLASA Focus Glasgow) and leading publication Light & Sound international (LSi).
The announcement follows one of the most successful PLASA Shows in recent history, where Chris had a major contribution in his role as director of events. In his new position, he will support the organisation’s strategy to grow both its events and media divisions, whilst exploring new products PLASA can deliver to further support the industry.
Chris’s career in the industry spans more than 35 years, which has taken him from a respected lighting designer, industry innovator through his work at Modelbox, creative design consultant, to his most recent role as director of events at PLASA; a position he has held for the past five years.
“Chris’s impressive professional background and knowledge of the industry will be a great asset to PLASA as we move forward as an organisation,” says PLASA managing director, Peter Heath. “With his creative vision, together with a talented sales and marketing team and market-leading products, we expect him to achieve great things in his new role.”
“I am delighted to embrace this new opportunity at such an exciting time for the organisation,” adds Chris. “PLASA events have been going from strength to strength
Italy - Proel has announced the appointment of Elio Caia to the position of international sales manager for the company's Axiom professional loudspeaker brand. Effective from the beginning of October, Caia will be responsible for growing and coordinating all of Axiom's export markets in the EMEA, APAC, and North American regions.
Caia comes to Axiom with a solid background in professional audio, having worked as part of an export team managing distributors, developing markets, and providing specialised technical support to export markets for a noted pro audio sound systems manufacturer. He has travelled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and is very familiar with multiple cultures.
"Elio has a fine balance of experience and skills to address the different facets of today's world-wide pro audio market," commented Axiom business unit manager Daniele Massaccesi, "I feel that a proper interpretation of different market needs requires a good cultural and linguistic background combined with a suitable technical and commercial knowledge, and these are talents that we have found in abundance with Elio.”
UK - PRG has appointed Caroline Hill and Mark Davies to its UK TV & Film account management team.
Caroline joins from Panalux Broadcast and Events where, for five years, she oversaw the delivery of a diverse range of events including fashion shows, television series, rigging for feature films, and, most recently, the lighting and rigging elements of the factual show World War One Remembered: Passchendaele for the BBC. She is now based in PRG’s Covent Garden, London office.
Caroline is an addition to the already bolstered TV & Film account management team that welcomed Mark Davies earlier this year. Since joining PRG as a lighting project manager over 10 years ago, Mark went on to head up his department before moving into this current account management role.
TV & Film market leader Kelly Cornfield commented: “Caroline and Mark are great additions to the team and will support our continued growth in this sector.”
China - LOUD Audio has announced the appointment of John Li to the position of China general manager and VP global operations, based in Shenzhen.
Prior to joining LOUD, Li held positions with Harman Professional and BOSCH Automotive Products with comprehensive operations experience including managing P&L, sourcing, supplier development, planning and quality management. Li also holds two Bachelor degrees and a Masters degree.
“In discussions with the LOUD leadership team,” commented Li, “I was impressed with their strategic view of the future and desire for growth. For myself, this is a perfect time to join a great company with its distinguished brands and I look forward to investing all my efforts to driving improvements in supply chain quality and efficiency, and developing my team to achieve our goals.”
Commenting on the appointment, Mark Graham LOUD CEO, said, “With Southern China’s general strength in electronics manufacturing, and specific strength in professional audio manufacturing, it is strategically important for LOUD to place our Operations leadership closer to centre of these activities.
“John’s appointment, coupled with our newly expanded office in Shenzhen, will enable LOUD to leverage the electronics ecosystem and supply base in Southern China. The entire LOUD leadership team is pleased to have someone of John’s calibre join us and lead our manufacturing operations into the next phase.”