UK - One of the pro-audio industry’s most enduring and endearing characters signs off her last press release and says farewell to the workforce at the end of this month. After 26 years at Martin Audio - mostly spent in managing marketing and PR - Maureen ‘Mo’ Hayes is taking retirement. She has been the longest serving member of the Martin Audio staff by a clear stretch.
“Giving up something that’s been part of your life for such a long time is certainly going to feel strange, and I can’t imagine not having it in my life,” she concedes. “But while I will miss the camaraderie, I feel comfortable that I am leaving the company in good hands, with a blend of experienced people and new blood coming in to keep things fresh.
“Dom [Harter] has brought some much-needed stability to the company, as has the Focusrite Group. Martin Audio today is very different f

Sweden - Brompton Technology has appointed Lotta Schiefer as its new global sales lead. With an impressive career spanning over 30 years, during which she has worked with global manufacturers such as Barco, Vari*Lite and Wireless Solutions, Schiefer brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience. She will utilise her expertise to further lead the company’s sales team in their mission to provide top level service to Brompton customers across the globe.
Having started out as a lighting technician, Schiefer soon found herself drawn into the world of pixels. Over time, she transitioned from technical roles to more commercial and organisational positions in sales, business development, and people management.
Most recently, Schiefer held the role of operations manager for broadcast and technical services at the Royal Swedish Opera. There, she established a broadca

China - Miao Wang has joined Powersoft China as a solutions engineer in its new Beijing office.
Wang, who will host the Chinese launch of the UNICA platform at InfoComm China (19-21 July), is the latest hire for Powersoft’s local operation, which recently relocated to the national capital from its previous office in Shenzhen. He will report directly to Abbu Hu, Powersoft’s chief representative officer in China.
Wang joins Powersoft from a local pro-audio equipment manufacturer, where he worked with clients to deliver professional sound solutions, introduce new products, and provide manufacturer support for important projects and installations. Previously, after studying professional audio at university, he worked as a sound engineer at a television station, handling live sound mixing and recording.
“I am looking forward to contributing my experience and un

UK - Clear-Com has announced the appointment of Anthony Wilkins as business development manager for industrial and critical communications in the EMEA region. Anthony will work with Clear-Com’s current partners and develop new channels for the company to expand in sectors where communication is critical to success and safety, such as marine/offshore, medical, public safety, transportation, and more.
Anthony brings over 40 years of experience in professional audio systems. He has expertise in distribution and partner management for companies including Sony, DTS, Linear Acoustic and Junger Audio, and directly prior to joining Clear-Com, he was responsible for managing EMEA distribution for Focusrite.
“Anthony’s wealth of experience in both the technical engineering and the sales and business development areas of the communications industry made him the perfect can

USA - Bandit Lites has announced the hiring of Grayson Bowron to the production team in Nashville. As a moving light technician, Bowron will be responsible for diagnostics, repair of fixtures where needed, cleaning and learning about new fixtures when purchased.
“We were looking for some help in the warehouse and he came in and just got to work,” shares Bandit Lites vice president of business and innovation Jake Tickle. “There was never a project he wasn’t up for. As time went on, he naturally started taking on more responsibility. When talking to him about his future and what he wanted to do as a career, he mentioned he was interested in electronics, I immediately moved him to the technical services department. There, Grayson really showed his capabilities. He has a great intellectual curiosity and precision about him.”
“With a focus in the last six month

South Africa - Andrea ‘Dray’ Fowler has joined DWR Distribution’s sales team in Johannesburg.
For the past nine years, Dray has worked for a company that specialises in signage lighting while her career has seen her operate in business finance, office automation and sales.
“I knew about DWR Distribution from my husband Clint who also works in the live events industry, and from our friend Kyle Robson who works at DWR,” said Dray. “It always sounded like a vibey organisation where I've heard they work hard, play hard and fight hard. To me it seemed like a company where if I looked after them, they would look after me.”
“It’s wonderful to be able to expand the sales team and we are already impressed with Dray’s energy and the way she so easily fits into the team, almost as if she has always been part of it,” said Robert Izzett, sales director

UK - Roger Fox and John Whitaker have retired as directors of global technical theatre consultancy Theatreplan.
Both men helped to build the consultancy whilst working alongside the late pioneering stage engineer, Richard Brett. Having been with Theatreplan as partners and subsequently directors for a combined total of over 60 years, they will be continuing their working association with Theatreplan, as founder consultants.
Fox has brought his knowledge and expertise to a wide range of important heritage theatre projects, including at the Royal Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, and the Victoria Hall and Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, which was one of his first, and biggest projects, involving the repurposing of a 1928 cinema into a modern touring theatre.
Fox also worked as project leader for the technical installations at the St. Luke’s Centre for th

USA - SGM Light has announced that Nicolas Champion has joined the company as managing director of North America.
With over 25 years of experience in both architectural and entertainment lighting, Nicolas is a trusted and well-known lighting professional. As managing director, Nicolas will work closely with North American key accounts and distribution partners as well as the SGM Light sales and customer support teams to develop and coordinate business in both rental and fixed installation markets.
Nicolas has a strong background through progressive roles in lighting and sales management, most recently as the vice president of sales for Altman Lighting. Nicolas also has prior experience as regional sales manager for Strand Lighting. Both roles included a respected track record of business development as well as project and sales support.
Champion comments: “I

UK - Funktion-One says farewell to Bill Woods as he announces his retirement following 11 years with the company and 35 years in the pro audio industry. Woods' departure marks the beginning of a new chapter for Funktion-One as the company welcomes its new director of business development, Andrew Low.
During his time with Funktion-One, Woods has played an important role in the company’s international growth, particularly in Asia. His sales expertise and rapport with customers have helped to develop relationships across the global Funktion-One network and throughout the wider pro audio industry.
Funktion-One’s Ann Andrews said: “Bill’s retirement comes with mixed emotions, as his departure marks the end of an era for Funktion-One. We are very grateful to Bill for the contribution he has made to the business since joining us in 2012. Over the last three months, Bi

USA - Matt Dean has rejoined Bandit Lites as its newest project manager. As a member of the Nashville production office, Dean will oversee the planning, directing and coordination of his designated tours and events.
Dean got his start in the lighting industry in 2007 at Bandit Lites and has since worked in various roles across the lighting industry for the last 15 years, gathering experience in concert touring, integration, architectural lighting and houses of worship.
“Sometimes when people leave, you always know you’ll cross paths again,” shared Jake Tickle, Bandit Lites vice president of business and innovation. “Matt never really left our family; in fact, he and I had kept in touch during nearly every phase of his career.”

UK - Andrew Allen has been appointed product & marketing director, a new role at Audient. In addition to heading up the marketing department, he is now overseeing product for both Audient & EVO lines, with immediate effect.
Audient owner, Simon Blackwood says: “Technological innovation is moving incredibly fast these days and we want to ensure we're perfectly positioned to capture emerging markets and technologies, as well as allow continued development of our world class products. So we’re extremely pleased to announce the restructuring of our director team to align product and marketing into one role under Andrew Allen's direction as Audient product and marketing director.”
With over a decade of experience at Audient, Andrew has been solely responsible for the company’s global marketing strategy for much of that time. “Audient has an incredibly exc

USA - Developer and manufacturer of video processors, signal distribution technology and media servers tvONE has augmented its sales team with the appointment of Vince Schuster as vice president of sales, Americas, and Kristen O'Hara as inside sales manager. The company has also fortified its support team by welcoming two new technical support associates, including Eric Sievers.
Vince Schuster brings more than 20 years of executive-level experience in audio-visual, information technology, digital signage, and display technologies. His career has taken him to roles including CEO and president of Salitek, a specialised manufacturer and distributor of video wall display solutions, plus key positions at Philips Professional Display Solutions and Panasonic Systems.
“We’re thrilled that Vince has joined the tvONE family,” says Andy Fliss, president, tvONE. “His profe

Germany - The HOF team continues to grow and has gained another event technology expert in Lars Noske.
Lars will work as product manager, and will reinforce HOF‘s product development and product management team. He has been working in the event technology industry for many years and is already very familiar with HOF's portfolio.

Europe - Ayrton has announced Iain Quinn as the latest member of its growing global install team. The role begins with immediate effect. Iain brings to the position over 30 years of experience in business development and project management roles with some of the industry’s major lighting manufacturers.
Iain will be working alongside global install director, Paul ‘PJ’ Johnson, focusing on the large-scale, permanent installation market, both on land and sea, exploring and expanding the Ayrton brand on a global scale.
He describes his new role as a ‘natural evolution’ in his career. “I’m very excited to be joining Ayrton right now,” says Iain. “The product is at its absolute peak, the people, company culture, agility and pace are amazing, and the company is in a dynamic phase of growth and development, but with an attention to quality that is awe-inspiring

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced the promotion of Rich Frembes to director of loudspeaker engineering. In this new role, Frembes will assume greater responsibilities in leading the development and coordination of daily engineering activities at the company.
Having been an integral part of the Fulcrum Acoustic team for over 14 years, Rich Frembes joined as employee number two and has partnered closely alongside David Gunness, senior VP of engineering and company co-founder. Throughout his tenure, Frembes has played a significant role in the evolution of Fulcrum Acoustic loudspeaker designs and voicing, contributing his expertise and passion to an abundance of successful projects.
Stephen Siegel, president of Fulcrum Acoustic comments: “Rich has been with us from the beginning and has played a pivotal role in creating and enforcing our high standards for design an

Finland - 3LR Design has announced that renowned architectural lighting and controls designer, Karoliina Helin has joined its international team.
"As a consultant based in Finland, Karoliina will allow 3LR to develop, design and support even more customers and clients in the European Union, the UK, and beyond," says Josh Allen, global director of design for 3LR and co-founder of 3LR Group. "We've had the opportunity to work with Karoliina on multiple projects to date, and her work has always been top-notch. Moving forward, it made perfect sense that she join the Group. Her skills in lighting layouts and presenting lighting data are second to none, and we are excited to have her on board."
"Karoliina's work spans many of the sectors and genres we operate in," says Matt Lloyd, co-founder of the 3LR Group. "She brings to the team a wonderful mixture of design concepts,

USA - Ahead of InfoComm, Martin Audio has announced the addition of Paul Lamarre to its US sales team. Joining the company from Symetrix, he will take on the role of South-East regional sales manager - a position vacated by Brad Stephens, who moves to the newly-created role of director of strategic projects and consultant relations.
Commenting on the appointment Lee Stein, VP, North America, said: “Paul is an experienced and proven industry veteran who held a similar position at EAW, prior to joining Symetrix. Having spent many years working in the pro audio field we expect him to hit the ground running, since his background provides him with a combined knowledge of loudspeakers, the market, and the region itself. I’m certain Paul will be a great asset to the sales team and to our resellers and partners in the region.”
“Having spent time as a dealer, independen

USA - After nearly two decades at Walt Disney World and Disney Live Entertainment, Ryan Stumpp has joined Elation Professional as vertical market manager for themed environments. Ryan has designed and programmed lighting for a variety of marquee shows and spectaculars, including the recent redesign of Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom.
In his role at Elation, Ryan will work to drive Elation product adoption with designers, specifiers and consultants focused on theme parks, cruise ships, hospitality venues, resorts, casinos, museums and other themed spaces.
“Themed environments is a vast and challenging market that spans multiple genres of lighting and applications,” stated Elation director of sales John Dunn. “Ryan’s passion for immersive theatrical shows and storytelling, his years of experience a

UK - Trade-only display specialist PSCo (part of the Midwich Group) has announced the appointment of Mark Harrison as image processing specialist, and Rob Stallard as consultant partner manager.
Harrison will be primarily responsible for providing pre-sales technical, commercial and solutions design support to customers and colleagues for large screen display projects. A key focus will be on growing the image processing category within the business and to strengthen PSCo’s ‘validated system’ approach to support channel partners with fully validated source-to-screen display solutions.
“I’ve worked alongside PSCo and Midwich for a number of years,” says Harrison. “They are a well organised group of experts who work hard for their customers. I’m very much looking forward to extending existing industry relationships and making many new ones in my new chall

UK - Videndum Media Solutions has announced the appointment of Simon Beesley to the position of sales & business development director EMEA for the Pro Audio Group. In his new role, Simon will be responsible for sales and business development in the region for the company’s professional audio portfolio of brands, which includes Audix and Rycote.
Simon Beesley joins Videndum with a broad spectrum of experience in the professional audio and broadcast marketplaces. He started his career in this industry at Raycom, the manufacturer of radio talkback systems for broadcast, as well as performing engineering work on wireless mic systems. He has served in a variety of roles such as business development, sales, product management, and rental and installation division management for companies including Sony Professional, Riedel Communications and Sennheiser.
“We are very

South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced Patrick Manicom as the new workshop assistant in Cape Town.
Patrick was introduced to the entertainment industry by his sister, Jade Manicom, a lighting designer. “I first learnt about DWR in 2020 via my sister before she joined the company,” Patrick comments. “She arranged for me to visit their workshop for a week, and that’s where I discovered that I wanted to work with my hands. DWR was happy to have me tinker around and assist with repairs while teaching me about the different equipment. Everyone was so welcoming from the workshop team all the way to the CEOs, and I seemed to have made an impression too as Bruce Riley remembers me from just that week.”
Patrick recently relocated to Cape Town and now works closely with DWR’s Johnny Scholtz and says the experience has been a combination of nerves and excitemen

Germany - DirectOut has announced the addition of Nicolas Sturmel to their team. Nicolas will assume the role of senior network technologist, leveraging his expertise and commitment to expand the audio network capabilities of the company's R&D team.
CEO/CTO, Claudio Becker-Foss comments: “Nicolas has been a fellow engineer in the audio over IP field since the advent of Ravenna more than 10 years ago. We worked together in the AES67 task group and at ST 2110 interop and JT-NM Tested events. His passion for audio, accurate engineering using the latest technology, and the mindset of thinking off the beaten track to create the best solution for a customer, fit DirectOut’s philosophy perfectly. Nicolas’ knowledge and curiosity will be a great addition to our team.”
It was during his tenure at Digigram as an innovation project manager and later as head of researc

USA - Bandit Lites continues its year of growth with the hiring of Tristan Weaver and Gavin Smith to its world headquarters in Knoxville. Weaver steps into the Integration department as the logistics & inventory specialist, while Smith has entered Bandit’s production team as one of its newest lighting technicians.
Prior to joining Bandit, Weaver worked as an inventory manager. As Bandit’s logistics & inventory specialist, he’ll assist in the daily operations of the Knoxville warehouse including general facilities maintenance, assisting with sales preparation and production prep.
Smith has been hired as a lighting technician, having previously worked as a Dollywood tech where he ran the sound system for the singers and dancers.

UK - 3LR Design has announced the addition of consultant Ziggy Jacobs to the team.
"No challenge is too large for Ziggy," says Josh Allen, global director of design for 3LR. "Designer, trainer, programmer, lecturer - Ziggy does it all. Her extensive experience on a global scale, along with her keen eye for detail and unwavering commitment to excellence, make Ziggy a perfect fit for our team.”
“Her CV includes technical systems in hundreds of installations around the world, and she has been an ETC certified and trained programmer and commissioning technician since 2008.”
Based in London, Ziggy will be instrumental in developing systems designs and bespoke training programmes, ensuring that systems programming requirements which 3LR has specified are met during the construction administration and commissioning phase to close out successful projects. Her cred

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