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

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced the appointment of Val Gilbert as director of business development for export. The strategic appointment comes as the company focuses on expanding its global market share. In this newly created role, Gilbert will strengthen Fulcrum Acoustic's export business and establish new distribution and dealer relationships worldwide.
Gilbert brings considerable industry experience to Fulcrum Acoustic. Previously, he served on Allen & Heath's technical sales and marketing team and in engineering support at Nexo.
Todd Foster, vice president of sales at Fulcrum Acoustic, comments: "We are excited to welcome Val to Fulcrum Acoustic. His technical experience in the audio industry makes him a good fit to lead our international expansion efforts. With Val on board, we anticipate exciting growth opportunities as he develops new partnerships glob

UK - Little Lion Entertainment has appointed Marc Williams as their new head of technical and production. With over 20 years in theatre and arts production and 14 years working for the National Theatre in the UK, Williams will bring a fresh take to all things lighting, operations and technical production across Tomb Raider: The LIVE Experience and The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience attractions.
Marc’s background is rich in the world of the arts and technical production. Training at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in stage management, lighting and set construction, he then stepped into the role of technical manager of Liverpool Everyman, Playhouse and international touring. Following success in his previous roles, he moved on to the National Theatre as Lighting Supervisor in the Olivier Theatre, before being promoted to lighting operations manager, playing an inte

USA - 3LR Design has announced the arrival of Amy D Lux, who joins the consulting team.
"Amy has designed and collaborated on some amazing projects," says Josh Allen, gobal director of design for 3LR. "The experience Amy brings in systems and controls design for immersive environments will allow us to continue our reach as we work with our clients to provide highly creative and collaborative solutions."
Some of Amy's project clients include Meow Wolf, Twitch, ESPN, and Nike. Amy has been invited to speak as part of several industry panels, including LightFair, ArchLight Summit, and LDI.
Based in Austin, TX and in Emeryville, CA, Amy founded and operates LoboLux Design, a multidisciplinary design & consultancy company.

USA - Laura Camacho has been appointed senior vice president for Focusrite Group US to manage the commercial activities across the Americas for the Focusrite Group’s content creation brands of Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Oberheim, Sonnox, and Ampify.
Laura brings channel experience from her leadership roles at Adorama and previously Guitar Centre. Laura also obtained her MBA from Californian Lutheran University. Reporting directly to the Focusrite Group chief revenue officer, Damian Hawley, Laura will manage all Focusrite Group routes to market across the Americas.
Laura Camacho comments: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to join such an incredibly talented team and represent an industry-leading portfolio of brands at Focusrite Group. I have long admired their commitment to innovation and am thrilled to lead the continued expa

Denmark - Rigging and automation specialist Jimmy Johnson joins the team at Motor State Automation (MSA) led by Christian Vigsø, where he will be focusing on technical sales for MSA’s innovative solutions including the bespoke design and delivery of systems for entertainment projects involving artists, set, scenery, props, equipment, objects, or anything else that needs to move.
Motor Stage Automation (MSA) is a new company based in Denmark, working internationally.
Christian commented, “We are hugely excited about this collaboration. MSA will benefit from Jimmy’s wealth of experience and massive enthusiasm for the industry and the world of automation as well as his love of logistics and the challenges involved in finding smart and creative solutions!”
Jimmy stated, “MSA’s approach to business and investment is impressive. We all share the same val

Germany - Under the umbrella of the Approved Certified PreOwned (CPO) Programme, ARRI offers technically refurbished products with the same warranty as new models. This globally oriented programme is now headed by Arne Stadler as business manager certified pre-owned programme camera systems & lighting.
He takes over this role from Christian Richter, who has successfully established and expanded the CPO business at ARRI over the past five years and will now focus on his role as general manager sales & solutions EMEAI.
Arne Stadler reports to Stephan Schenk, general manager global sales & solutions. Before joining ARRI, Stadler was responsible for the business development of film cameras and lenses at Canon for the DACH region.

USA - Bandit Lites has announced the hiring of Sherry Wells to its Nashville office. Wells will serve as a purchasing assistant, aiding the purchasing department with receiving, inventory and sales for the entire company.
With 12 years of experience, Wells will work directly to further support purchasing director Andy Reese.
“Sherry brings a great skillset and energy to Bandit Lites,” said Reese. “Her addition to our purchasing department will allow us to become more efficient and better serve our clients and our internal needs as Bandit’s business continues to grow across all departments.”
Wells’ hiring follows the complete overhaul of the Nashville location, with an office expansion and remodel.

USA - QSC has announced the promotion of Linda Lee to vice president operations and supply chain. Rejoining the company in 2022, Lee worked at HID Global, Lantronix and most recently Indentiv, where she served as senior director of global supply chain and operations.
“Linda is a real professional with an incredible work ethic and she’s an absolute pleasure to work with,” says David Angress, senior vice president and general manager, QSC Pro Audio. “Linda has made an incredible impact on this company by working closely with our suppliers to ensure we have the correct inventory to better serve our customers. We are thrilled to have her back at QSC and I am confident she will continue to lead her efficient team to new heights as we continue to navigate the post-COVID world.”
“What I love about QSC are the people; all who are dedicated to working as a team to a

UK - Elation Professional has announced that Koy Neminathan has joined the company as director of business development. The industry veteran comes to Elation from lighting console manufacturer Avolites, where he worked for over 23 years in sales and business development, the last decade as sales director.
Koy will work closely with designers to keep them abreast of Elation’s growing line of lighting products while communicating market insight to the Elation product team
“Koy is a well-respected professional with a deep understanding of our industry and we are excited to have him join our team as a representative for the Elation brand,” stated Marc Librecht, Elation sales & marketing director Europe. “The collaborative relationships he will continue to build across the industry will be a great benefit and important asset as we continue to grow globally.”<

USA - Brant Underwood has joined Theatre Projects’ New York office as associate principal. “Viewing industry consultants from the outside, I always knew TP was at the top of my list if I ever made the leap,” shares Brant.
Brant joins Theatre Projects from the world of fabrication, automation, technical direction, visual arts, scenic construction, and experiential design, where he held a broad resume, moving from union stagehand at various New York venues to lead project manager at Hudson Scenic Studios in a relatively short period of time (and with ample detours along the way). Working with Theatre Projects attaches him to the same communities and opportunities, but with an even broader impact.
“Brant and I have a long history together. We started in the New York theatre scene, assembling the tools we now share with clients at Theatre Projects. We spent time in

Italy - KSCAPE has appointed Vieri Parrulli to the role of sales manager. Parrulli brings with him over a decade of experience in the lighting industry, alongside ‘a wealth of knowledge and expertise’.
Parrulli studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence. After a year of experience as a freelance professional, he decided to specialise in the field of lighting design, which he had always appreciated from an aesthetic point of view. Since then, Parrulli has gone on to complete several specialised courses and training throughout Italy.
“I am delighted to join the team at KSCAPE within K-array, an organisation that is at the forefront of innovation in the audio industry,” confirms Parrulli. “RAIL is an exceptional offering that has already set a precedent in a merging industry of light and audio, and I am eager to introduce it to the wider market.”

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced the promotion of Todd Foster to vice president sales. Since 2013, Foster has spearheaded the development of the company's North American market. Under his leadership, Fulcrum Acoustic has experienced substantial growth of its domestic business and sales force.
“Todd’s strategic approach to sales has been instrumental in the expansion of Fulcrum’s footprint domestically,” explains Stephen Siegel, president of Fulcrum Acoustic. “As we look to expand our export business, it’s natural to move Todd into a position where he can bring that same approach to the global sales team.”
“The last 10 years have been an exciting time at Fulcrum,” says Foster. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of this growing company and supporting our North American market. I look forward to serving our international clients and expanding support fo

USA - Renkus-Heinz has further strengthened its sales and marketing team with the appointment of Dan Housel as applications engineer.
Housel has extensive music and professional audio experience, most recently working in pro audio sales at Group One Limited. Before that, Housel worked for Enko Systems, Inc. in AV design, engineering, installations, programming and sales.
“I’m excited to join Renkus-Heinz in the role of applications engineer. I’m confident that my years of experience in the music and pro audio space will be an asset to the technical support team,” Housel said. “I’m looking forward to helping our customers realize the best possible experiences and results with our products.”
As a member of the Renkus-Heinz technical support team, Housel will work closely with product manager Brandon Heinz.

UK - Shure has announced the appointment of Laurent Rault as its new senior sales director to lead the company’s retail business in Western Europe, one of the key markets supporting Shure’s growth.
Laurent Rault brings to Shure more than 25 years of experience in audio, with a focus in the consumer electronics industry. Rault has solid knowledge and a background in managing all facets of distribution across Europe, including distribution partnership management, direct account management, digital commerce, product marketing, and digital marketing.
“We are excited to welcome Laurent to the team,” said Abby Kaplan, vice president, global retail sales, at Shure. “He has achieved extraordinary results during his tenured career, and we are convinced his expertise and deep industry knowledge will lead the European team throughout a successful journey in the coming

Morocco - Terry Di Isernia will take on a new role in the Robe France subsidiary, co-ordinating customer and commercial relations for the whole of French North Africa – Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia – in addition to continuing as a salesperson for southern France.
The move by Robe Lighting France is to develop and strengthen the brand’s business, opportunities, and presence in North Africa generally, and specifically in these important French-speaking countries, recognising the potential of the region.
Terry has been working as a part of the Robe Lighting France team since 2019. The new role is an integration of what he’s already been doing across southern France and will offer great continuity for these dynamic countries, all with their own style, culture and unique environments.
The scope of Terry’s work will include discussing and pitching for new and

Europe - Absen has welcomed to its team Geoffrey De Schepper Bruggeman as business development manager for Benelux and Will Miles as pre-sales engineer for UK and Europe.
Specialising in AV and LED, Geoffrey worked for Novid NV, an AV and IT rental company in Belgium. Through his experience, he has developed a refined understanding for the demands within the market, opened up new opportunities, and established strong relationships with a number of diverse partners, whilst also delivering large-scale AV projects.
The second addition to Absen’s European sales team is Will Miles, appointed as pre-sales engineer. For this newly created role, Will’s 10 years of project management and coordination experience within the digital and LED markets has given him a strong track record in delivering technically demanding projects. Most recently, Will was the consultant project

UK - VDC Trading has announced the appointment of Jason Shaw as UK sales manager.
Brought on board to help drive the company’s growth post-COVID, Jason is responsible for developing go-to-market and sales strategies, creating new business opportunities and providing greater support for existing clients in the UK. Jason has worked in sales and business development roles for almost 20 years and has extensive experience in the telecoms and property sectors.
Jason comments: “I’m delighted to be joining VDC at such a pivotal stage in the business’ development. I am confident that I can support its continued growth, in line with the expansion plans, to develop the business and its propositions that will benefit our customers.”
Niall Holden, founder and CEO of VDC Trading adds, “We’ve been looking for an effective and experienced sales manager and his ext

USA - QSC has announced that Ray Tantzen has joined the organisation as director of product management. Tantzen has over 20 years of experience in pro audio product management with top brands including PreSonus Audio Electronics, Avid and Loud Technologies.
“It’s very exciting to have Ray join our QSC team,” says David Fuller, vice president product development, QSC Pro Audio. “Ray brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise in developing and advancing digital mixer technology and he will be a valuable asset as we continue to innovate across our most coveted portfolio.”
“QSC is a strong and successful brand with a long heritage of developing solutions that deliver complex technologies to customers in a simple way,” says Tantzen. “I am thrilled to be part of this customer-first organization and look forward to guiding product strategy alongside

USA - Crestron Electronics has announced the promotion of John Clancy to the position of chief sales officer, effective immediately. In this newly created role, John will lead and unify the global Crestron sales organisation to drive market growth and enhance customer satisfaction. Reporting directly to Crestron CEO & president Dan Feldstein, John will continue to be based at Crestron’s global headquarters in Rockleigh, NJ.
"We are thrilled to announce John's promotion to chief sales officer," said Dan Feldstein, CEO & president of Crestron Electronics. "His leadership has been instrumental in driving growth and integration across our global residential sales teams, and we are confident that he will bring the same energy and expertise to this new role. John's experience in the industry, coupled with his strategic vision will strengthen Crestron’s market position

The Netherlands - Kramer has announced the appointment of Peter Baxter as senior vice president (SVP) of its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.
Pete is a 32-year veteran of the technology industry with tenure in the reseller, system integrator, and vendor worlds. He is a go-to-market expert, designing and leading organisations that focus on customer engagement, customer outcomes, and growth
Most recently, Pete led the EMEA video conferencing business for Logitech, creating a world-class enterprise organisation to maximize a highly competitive yet growing category. Prior to Logitech, he held global leadership positions at Yellowfin BI, Avast, and AVG.
Pete will be based in Kramer’s new regional headquarters in Amstelveen, Netherlands, where the company is building its centre of gravity for EMEA.
Gilad Yron, CEO of Kramer, says: “The appoint

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