USA - PRG (Production Resource Group) has appointed Ariane Coldiron as senior vice president, corporate events. Coldiron will head the corporate events division, reporting directly to PRG CEO Stephan Paridaen.
Coldiron was most recently SVP, brand experience at Freeman where she worked for nearly a decade. As SVP, she drove the company’s highly successful agency business, developing and implementing go-to-market and long-term strategies while managing a large and complex portfolio of accounts including industry giants like Google, SalesForce, Sage, and HP. She also held tenures at experiential agencies Jack Morton, InVision Communications, and TBA Global Events.
“Ariane’s extensive industry experience has uniquely equipped her for success in this key role,” said Paridaen. “She is a well-known and much-respected figure in the corporate events space, with lon

USA - Genelec Inc. (aka Genelec USA), the US distribution arm of Finland-based active monitor manufacturer Genelec, announces a wave of appointments, promotions and new hires in 2023, as the company continues to develop its strong sales force, streamlined logistics, and industry-leading customer support. Additionally, the company’s headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, have been remodelled with a variety of ultra-modern updates and amenities, including an open-area floor plan with expanded dining facilities, as well as a new modular office cubicle layout to handle the bolstered employee roster.
First, longtime Genelec USA team member Eric Daubney has been promoted to digital content manager. Out of college in 2012, he worked in the world of recording studios, music publishing, and post-production, where he regularly encountered Genelec studio monitors. “I had never hea

USA - Apogee Electronics has announced the appointment of Alex Oana as its new global sales manager, effective immediately.
With a career spanning over 35 years in the audio industry, Oana brings a wealth of diverse experience and expertise to Apogee. His journey has included roles as an award-winning recording engineer/producer, FOH mixer for Pharrell Williams and N*E*R*D, salesperson for Vintage King Audio, vice president of Slate, where he spearheaded the creation and development of the Raven, and the founder of Audio Test Kitchen - a web platform offering unbiased comparisons of audio equipment.
Alex Oana commented: "Joining Apogee is an opportunity to contribute to a brand I've long admired as well as relied on as an audio engineer. My sales role is about providing service to our distribution and dealer partners who enable Apogee to continually expand and delight

UK - Audiologic has announced the launch of its new Manage+ Managed Services offering. To meet the growing demand for these services, Audiologic has made an addition to its application team.
Audiologic's commissioning services, led by senior technical manager Ben Spurgeon and his technical team, are consistently in high demand, often securing bookings well in advance for substantial projects. In response, Audiologic has strengthened the team and introduced Manage+, a managed services platform, designed to cater to the different needs of AV systems.
This month, the Audiologic team welcomed Chris Jones, who assumed the role of application support engineer. Chris brings with him extensive experience within the AV industry and a solid reputation for his work.
Ben Spurgeon comments, "Chris has been on our radar for some time, thanks to his impressive work with Q-SYS,

UK - TT+ Audio has announced the appointment of Andy Magee as business development manager for the brand’s UK division.
In this role, Magee will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and managing key client relationships in the UK. He brings over 20 years of experience working in professional audio, having started as a front-of-house sound engineer at the age of 17.
Most notably, Magee spent the last decade as the FOH engineer for award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Howard. His other notable credits include handling audio for aspects of the 2012 London Olympics and his recent collaboration with Glass Animals.
"We're thrilled to welcome Andy to develop the new TT+ Audio brand," said Dean Davoile, UK director of sales of RCF and TT+ Audio. "His deep knowledge of the industry along with his strong technical expertise makes him the ideal person t

UK - Audient has announced the appointment of Adam Steel as the new visual content manager, with the responsibility of continuing to drive Audient’s visual communications strategy forward. Adam joins Audient from his previous role as a studio owner and successful audio YouTuber, bringing with him a wealth of professional audio and video experience.
“I have had the fortune to work with many companies and brands, but Audient has always stood out to me above all the rest,” says Adam. “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to help enhance the Audient and EVO customer experience and look forward to being part of something much bigger than myself.”
Product & marketing director Andrew Allen adds, “Audient continues to invest in brand experience and our visual communications strategy plays a vital role. Ensuring our customers can access the support and kno

UK - Martin Audio has announced the promotion of sales administrator Suraj Vadher to the role of EMEA sales executive.
A guitarist for over 15 years, and with background in music production, studio recording, mixing and mastering (from his time at Birmingham City University), Suraj also gained wide experience in MI while working for the highly reputable Andertons Music Co in Guildford.
Moving to Bucks a couple of years ago to take up his role at Martin Audio, the personable Suraj quickly became a popular figure with customers, helping to manage the day-to-day sales orders and delivery schedule while providing timely updates to any changes.
International sales director, Bradley Watson says, “Suraj is very bright and personable, exactly the right ingredients for a more customer facing sales role and I’m delighted that it also gives Martin Audio the opportunity

Europe - Michael Huelskemper has joined ARRI as vice president product management business unit lighting. In this role, he is responsible for further developing, improving, and broadening the product portfolio of the lighting division.
Huelskemper has more than 15 years of experience in the development and product management of LED luminaires and luminaire components in an international environment. He spent several years in management positions at global players such as OSRAM and Philips Lighting.
Dr. Matthias Erb, chairman of the ARRI executive board, says: “I am very pleased that Michael Huelskemper, a proven expert in the field of portfolio management for LED lighting products, has joined our ranks. With this important new addition to the team, we are driving forward the realignment of ARRI Lighting. I wish him a good start at ARRI and much success in his strate

USA - Main Light Tri-State has announced the appointment of Jerry Trotta as its operations manager. Jerry brings with him a wealth of industry experience having worked as a logistics manager at 4Wall Entertainment for the past 10 years.
Michael Cannon, CEO of Main Light, says, "Having Jerry on board is a significant asset for Main Light. His deep-rooted industry experience, combined with his unique ability to connect with clients, aligns perfectly with our vision. We're confident that Jerry's transition from production to our dry hire model will further enhance our commitment to providing personalized and top-notch service to our clients."
John D’Amico, and Miguel Ortez will be joining the Main Light Tri-State team alongside Jerry. John and Miguel will work in tandem managing logistics and Main Light Tri-State’s upcoming trucking division.

USA - Solotech has announced the appointment of Landon Lovett as global market leader, sales and systems integration division.
Landon’s newly created position will focus on areas in which he has previously held impactful roles. In his career spanning more than 20 years in senior leadership, he has been a key player in developing business practices, expanding into new markets, and maintaining consultant engagement and major client relationships.
"I am thrilled to join this dynamic, growing global organization,” says Landon. “Over the last 45 years, Solotech has built a world-class reputation of AV production and installation. I am extremely excited to come in and maintain that standard of quality and excellence while helping the continued growth of Solotech's sales and systems integration division."
Reporting directly to John 'Jack' Steinhauer, vice preside

UK - Clear-Com has announced the appointment of Terence Chan as its newest product manager, based out of the company’s Cambridge, UK office. Terence will be responsible for the user experience and success of the company’s matrix intercom systems (for example, the Eclipse HX Digital Matrix).
Chan has over 15 years of experience working in product management for high-tech industries with clients that included Google, Philips, and other FinTech ventures, and has a special interest in sustainable tech. As a fan of Clear-Com technology prior to joining the team, he is especially interested in the wide variety of markets the company supports.
Chan comments: “I look forward to learning more about the methodology of generating such a bridge between technology and market. Because to me, what makes a professional successful is their way of working, and having the right me

China - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera has announced the creation of a new group CEO position with the appointment of Carl-Johan Sköld.
Carl-Johan will be based in Hong Kong and collaborating closely with both the German HQ and design centre and Astera’s Chinese manufacturing teams to shape the company’s medium term and future growth strategies.
With extensive expertise in long-term business development and strategy, Carl-Johan will outline some ambitious goals for Astera’s future, whilst also fortifying the brand’s current standing as a market leading lighting technology brand.
Astera’s sales director Sebastian Buckle commented: “It’s hugely exciting to have someone of Carl-Johan’s calibre onboard as our company moves to the next phase of its development. Carl-Johan brings great expertise, a huge enthusiasm for our industry and a bri

Spain - Lightware Visual Engineering has announced significant changes to the operation of its Lightware Iberia office, effective from this month, further strengthening Lightware’s presence in the Iberian region.
Donald De Witte, a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the ProAV industry, will take on the role as regional director Spain and Portugal for the Lightware Iberia office. De Witte joined Lightware as the director global partner strategy in May 2023, bringing with him over 25 years of experience gained while working as a business development manager at Cisco, where he specialised in collaboration services.
Lightware has had a successful presence within the Iberian market since 2017. Thanks to the consistent growth in the region, the company has decided to establish a dedicated office to serve the Iberia market. With a commitment to further expan

France - Digigram has appointed Laurence Fornari as head of sales. Fornari, who has more than 25 years of experience as sales executive in data protection, telecom, broadcast, and artificial intelligence, joins the Grenoble-based audio specialist where she will supervise global sales operations in Montbonnot and Singapore, and spearhead the company’s growth policy.
Digigram recently announced the acquisition of networking audio specialist AuviTran as a move toward growth, and the nomination of Fornari underlines the company’s intention to deploy its strategic efforts to increase its market share in critical communications.
“With an extensive engineering and sales background, Laurence has an immediate comprehension of our clients’ needs and stakes. She brings new perspectives and innovation insights to Digigram and we are lucky to have her onboard. Her field e

Spain - Integrated Systems Events has announced the expansion of its senior leadership team with key appointments ahead of ISE 2024. Tom Barker-Harrold joins as senior marketing director and Jeroen Perquin as senior finance director.
“At ISE, we have ambitious goals for the future so it’s important that we have the right team in place to get us there. Tom and Jeroen join at an exciting time, as we prepare for our special 20th anniversary edition at ISE 2024, and we’re thrilled to welcome their unique knowledge, insights and experiences to our dynamic and international team,” says Mike Blackman, managing director, Integrated Systems Events.
Jeroen joined as senior finance director at ISE earlier this year and is based in The Netherlands. Jeroen brings extensive international finance experience from the energy, engineering and IT business to the company, working

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has appointed Audrey Ensor as marketing and communications manager.
“EAW is currently reintroducing itself to the pro audio world and sharing our brand story is a key component to this initiative; Audrey’s guidance will be indispensable for reaching this goal,” says T.J. Smith, president of EAW. “We are excited to work alongside her as she helps us take advantage of new opportunities to tell our story, both within the organization as well as to our key partners, dealers and customers.”
Since graduating from Framingham State University with a degree in Communication Arts, Ensor has immersed herself in the world of digital media. She spent three years with local television station, Medfield TV, holding roles as production coordinator, chief editor and executive director.

Germany - Roxx has experienced stable growth since its founding in 2019. In order to keep up with the pace of the company's development, Roxx is now adding two key positions to its internal sales team.
Carmen Tauterer, an experienced sales representative, has been strengthening the internal sales team nationally since September. Carmen brings along almost 20 years of experience in internal and external sales as well as profound expertise in the field of professional LED lighting.
Sascha "Schmidty" Schmidt is the second new member of the ROXX team joining in September. Sascha also brings 25 years of sales and management experience to the team. As a newcomer to the lighting industry and a passionate concert-goer, he is very much looking forward to his new sphere of activity in what he himself calls "a very pleasant industry with lots of great and exciting people".

UK - TV, broadcast and event lighting rental specialists, Version 2 Lights has announced a management realignment to support its continued growth.
Day-to-day operational responsibilities will be assumed by technical manager Sam Crook, warehouse manager Darren Gale, general manager Emma Gale and rental manager Joe Marter. This will form the Version 2 senior management team, who will take on ownership of daily operations at V2 HQ.
Crook and Marter have been well-known industry figures, and long-term trusted collaborators for nearly two decades both at Version 2 and the previous blueprints Aurora Lighting and London Light. The company also reports that Emma Gale has recently accepted the responsibilities of company secretary.
Founder, Nick Edwards will return to a key account role, project managing and supporting LDs, producers and production managers who will dra

UK - JL-Group, technical production partner to the television, film, live events and exhibition industries, has appointed Eddie Dias in a newly created role as head of department (film & drama) to support the growth of its commercial offering to DOP’s, television, film & drama production companies, studios and beyond.
Well-known in the world of film and television drama for over 30 years, Eddie has helped shape the sector’s visual landscape with his innovative and pioneering spirit.
Dias’ influence has left an indelible mark on some of the most beloved dramas and films, including titles such as Casino Royale and The Bodyguard. His career has seen him work as in senior roles for the likes of VFG, AFM, Panalux, Cinelease, Lightnlight and Prolight Direct.
In his new role, Dias will be instrumental in supporting JL-Group in nurturing new

UK - The Nick Bache ABTT Cymru - Technician of the Year Award recognises the achievement of an individual who consistently delivers technical excellence.
Nick, who died earlier this year, had been technical and production manager at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre for 15 years.
This award is open to ABTT members and non-members alike working predominantly in Wales. The recipient will have usually pursued full employment in a backstage or production management role and they will have predominantly worked on the presentation of live performances in places of entertainment or on theatrical experiences in non-conventional spaces.
This award will be presented annually. The first award will be presented on 20 October at Aberystwyth Arts centre.

UK - Howard Eaton was the proud recipient of the 2023 Gottelier Award. Nominated and voted for by his industry peers, Howard collected the award from PLASA MD, Peter Heath and chair, Adam Blaxhill at a special ceremony at this year’s PLASA Show.
Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, the award recognises individuals or teams of people who have made long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Howard, of Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd (HELL), is a serial problem solver well-known for his bespoke solutions which have brought magic to countless theatrical productions around the world. From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s flying car, to the crashing chandelier in the Phantom of the Opera; from the flying Olympic rings at London 2012, to advances in wireless dimming

UK - Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems (PAS) has announced the appointment of Dion Turner to the role of sales support/administrator. Dion brings a strong background in music and events to his role at PAS, having studied audio engineering and music technology.
As well as experience as a front of house engineer working for a variety of bands in Yorkshire, Dion has also worked on a number of festivals as a steward, so is no stranger to the world of events. Joining PAS from a background in CCTV installation, Dion also possesses a level of valuable technical understanding.
Business development director at PAS, Peter Butler, comments: “Although Dion’s role is defined as sales admin, at PAS we encourage our team members to help out across the business wherever they are called upon. Dion’s audio and technical background, wider experience, and willingness to pitch-in suit

UK - LSi is sad to report the passing of Dave Bartlett, an industry stalwart whose career encompassed electrics, lighting design and production management. Bartlett passed away earlier this summer at the age of 68 following a short illness.
Here he is remembered by his friend and industry colleague, Nigel Walker: “Dave died on the 26th June following a relatively short illness. His funeral was attended by about 40 industry friends and colleagues as well as a remote audience by webcast. Dave’s family are grateful for the many messages of love and condolence they have received.
“Dave’s career began at the Royal Exchange in Manchester in the mid-70s and he progressed to work in theatre – repertory, opera, musicals, light entertainment and some rock and roll, and ultimately corporate where his talents were ideally suited to production management.
“What fo

Europe - Markéta Fantová has joined the team at Robe lighting s.r.o. as international education programme coordinator and designer, where her role will be co-ordinating Robe’s existing NRG programme on an international level.
ROBE lighting s.r.o.’s commercial director, Josef Valchar Jr (JJ) says: “We are delighted to have Fantová onboard. We have known each other for some time, she has the right knowledge and extensive connections in the arts and education worlds, great communication and diplomatic skills, and we are all looking forward to working alongside her as she develops this important and exciting aspect of Robe’s future vision.”
Fantová has over 10 years of university undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate teaching experience.
She has worked as a cross-cultural project developer, a diversity advocate and an international curator, activ

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