France - L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of long-serving industry professional Alvin Koh as applications engineer for Asia, reinforcing L-Acoustics' growth and commitment to its customer base throughout the Asian region. Alvin will be based in Kuala Lumpur and will provide technical support to L-Acoustics customers through the company's existing regional distribution network.

Prior to joining L-Acoustics, Alvin worked for Singapore based sound rental company Pantomime Entertainment Pte Ltd, starting as a sound engineer and eventually becoming the Malaysian director of the company. In 1996 he created his own consultancy Clef Production.

Alvin brings more than 20 years of experience in leading roles such as FOH engineer and system engineer and worked with top class acts such as Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Sting, Depeche Mode, Phil Collins, Santana and Mariah Carey .


USA - Czech Republic-based lighting manufacturer Robe Lighting has strengthened its technical service department in the United States with the addition of industry professional Ambrose Gumbs, who has joined the company as technical service department manager.

With increased sales and product recognition, Robe's goal is to provide clients with first-rate technical support as the company continues to expand.

Gumbs was most recently with Martin Professional for nearly 14 years, where he started out as bench technician and soon specialized in lighting console and PCB repairs. As a member of the technical support and training team, Gumbs has extensive industry experience and is excited to be joining the Robe family.

"This is an awesome opportunity for me to be part of something great that is happening within this Industry." Gumbs said. "I'm very happy to be here at

UK - Flashlight has announced the appointment of Alistair Smyth to the role of sales coordinator, joining their Manchester-based team.

Alistair joins Flashlight after working for various manufacturers & sales/rental companies, bringing 20 years of industry experience to the company. Having worked in a number of technical service & sales support positions through the years, his skills should add further firepower to Flashlight's team of industry veterans.

In his new role, Alistair will focus on delivering Flashlight's innovative products and renowned customer service to their new and existing portfolio of clients. With a significant amount of growth over the past year, the company felt that adding to their experienced staff was necessary to maintain attention given to their customers.

Alistair says, "I'm delighted to join Flashlight, their reputation and professionalism

UK / USA - Le Maitre Ltd, a leader for over 35 years in the manufacture, design and development of pyrotechnics, smoke and haze machines and other special effects, announced that it has hired Bruce Baum as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Baum will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Le Maitre's US operations and the oversight and management of Le Maitre group's financial team. He will be based at Le Maitre's US location in Las Vegas, Nevada. Baum's efforts will be to support the current management team in the development and implementation of Le Maitre's growth strategy and continue to improve the company's delivery of products and services to Le Maitre's worldwide customer base.

Most recently, Bruce was the chief financial officer of Pyrotek Special Effects, Inc. a leader in providing special effects for concert touring, live perfor

USA - Czech Republic-based LED lighting manufacturer Anolis, the architectural division of Robe Lighting, has appointed Darin Fowler as national business development manager in the US, effective 5 May 2014. Fowler, most recently with Kreon Inc., will be based in New York.

This recent hiring is due in part to increased demand by U.S. customers as business continues to grow under new CEO Bob Schacherl. This is the latest of several new US appointments announced in the past months in order to provide the best sales support and customer service.

"It's exciting to see the level of customization and competitive lead times available throughout the ANOLIS product line," said Fowler. "The robust quality and innovative nature of the product is remarkable.

"Additionally, I've always had respect for Bob Schacherl and it's great to be part of his talented team."<

UK - Avolites has announced a restructuring of the board of directors, with managing director Richard Salzedo stepping back into the role of director, and Steve Warren ascending to the role of Avolites Group MD.

Founder shareholders Steve Warren, Richard Salzedo and financial director Meena Varatharajan purchased Avolites from previous owners Carlton TV in 1991. Since then Richard has worked for Avolites as research engineer and R&D director, overseeing hugely successful projects such as the Sapphire and industry changing Avolites Pearl console before moving on to become managing director. He now hands the reigns of control to Steve who has started with Avolites in 1984 and in his 30 years with the company has been employed as electrical wireman, test engineer, service engineer, technical sales, and ultimately sales director.

Steve's passion for integrating video with lighting

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced that well-known industry figure, Ian Muir has been appointed as TV & film development manager for the company's UK and international sales territories.

Ian brings a wealth of TV & film lighting industry experience to the new role from his previous position at Gekko, where he worked for over six years as business development manager for the LED lighting brand. Prior to this, Ian has also held various sales roles involving managing relationships with customers and suppliers in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Based in AC-ET's High Wycombe head office, Ian will work alongside the sales, marketing and purchasing departments to develop and implement the company's business plan for the TV & film market, to exploit their growing presence and customer base in this sector.

Ian will also be responsible for helping to raise cus

UK - The Theatres Trust has announced that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed six new board members and reappointed five board members to The Theatres Trust.

New appointments include Dara Ó Briain, Professor Gavin Henderson CBE, Peter Roberts, Simon Ruddick, Ann Skippers and Anna Stapleton. Trustees reappointed for a second term include Nicholas Allott OBE, Ruth Eastwood, Oliver Goodwin, Jerrold Katzman, and Judith Mellor OBE.

All Trustees will be on the board of The Theatres Trust for a term of three years.

(Jim Evans)

China - TC Group has announced that it has appointed Peter Glinvad as managing director of TC Group China.

Originally from Denmark, Peter Glinvad has been working and living in China for 12 years. His in-depth knowledge of the Chinese culture and fluency in the language are a golden opportunity for TC Group China to have the best of both worlds. Drawing from experience in general management and as the chairman of the Danish Wind Energy Group - China, Ginvad brings a wealth of knowledge to the position.

Further, TC Group China has recently been incorporated as a WFOE (Wholly Foreign Owned Entity) and moved to a new, larger office facility in the Chaoyang District. Along with these changes, as well as the steady release of innovative products and an ongoing improvement of operations, Peter Glinvad will be leading TC Group China onto an accelerated growth path into the future, sa

UK - Eric Lund, who recently racked up no less than 31 years with the MI and Pro Audio brand, has announced that he will be retiring at the end of May. Lund, who started with the company in the early 80s (when it was based in East Sussex) has been instrumental in the company's growth from being the UK arm of the Peavey Corporation to one now distributing to the entire EMEA region. These include a number of direct European markets distributed to from the Corby sales and warehouse facility.

Lund who started working for the company as the northern sales rep, quickly expanded his role helping the company focus on sound reinforcement and retail training; a strategy of industry education that the company spearheaded within the sector. It was Lund's passion for helping the retail sector grow that made him such a respected and recognised character in the industry and ensured his career

UK - LightGeist, specialists in cloud-based audience engagement products for live music and sport events, has announced the appointment of Simon Hicks as director of software products. An experienced product development manager and software engineer within the industry, Hicks will be responsible for the continued development of software for LightGeist's future product roadmap.

Hicks gained experience as a software engineer with Carallon Limited, developing products for leading industry clients, before branching out into product management for Pharos Architectural Controls, where he later joined the board as technical director.

"I'm thrilled to have Simon come on board the team," says LightGeist CEO Liza Sutherland. "LightGeist has developed, and will continue to build, exciting new audience engagement products for live entertainment. Simon's talents in product d

USA - Meyer Sound has promoted Luke Jenks to the newly created position of director of product management. Most recently serving as the company's loudspeaker product manager, Jenks now represents the full range of company solutions, from loudspeakers to show control, system optimization, and passive and active acoustic systems.

As director of product management, Jenks is responsible for defining market needs, articulating customer requirements, and representing customer feedback throughout the lifecycle of a product. He also assumes direction of a newly formed product management team that encompasses market requirement definition, new product introductions, and technical documentation.

The team includes Richard Bugg, audio show control product manager, Todd Meier, digital products manager, Greg Thomas, technical writer, and Rong Wang, new product introduction technical project

UK - As part of an ongoing process of preparing for the next wave of growth, Martin Audio has recently made two new strategic hires.

First, Bash Akhtar has joined as operations director. He has previously served as operations and manufacturing director of RLC Callender, Smiths Detection, and Harmonic Inc. Bash has earned a Fellowship in Manufacturing Management from Cranfield University and is a manufacturing systems engineer from the University of Hertfordshire.

Secondly, David Morbey has joined as the company's first dedicated Product Manager. He has previously served as global product marketing manager at D&M Professional.

Commenting on the hires, James King, director of marketing, said, "We're delighted to have Bash and David join us as we continue to build a world class team. Their expertise will enable us to further grow the business and support our customer base.

Italy - Powersoft, a leader in the manufacture of efficient, high-power professional amplifier products, has appointed Gilberto Morejon as regional sales manager for the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) market. Gilberto will be handling sales for Powersoft, facilitating product demonstrations, and providing design assistance and technical support throughout the Latin American region from his office in Miramar, Florida.

An industry veteran, Gilberto has worked in professional audio for 30 years, with roles including sound engineer for Grammy Award-winning artists like Carlos Vives 1994-2011, Franco de Vita 1992-1998, Luis Enrique, Julio Iglesias, and many others. Gilberto has also been involved in the technical production of shows such as Cirque du Soleil, Anthrax, Joaquin Cortes and Luciano Pavarotti.

A significant part of his work will be to increase Powersoft's presence in

UK - Paul Nunnington, product manager at Sennheiser UK, passed away peacefully on 9 June - his 42nd birthday - after a brave six-year battle with cancer.

Paul ('Nunners'), began his career at Project Music in 1987 and went on to work for Shuttlesound, Sound Technology and Sennheiser. Close friend Stephanie Dell of Sound Marketing told LSi: "He loved his work and spoke warmly of the great friends he had made in our industry. His dry-witted story-telling was legendary - his observations were funny and sharp but always affectionately delivered. Nunners was an incredibly popular guy. In the ten years I knew him, I never heard a bad word said about him. He loved nothing better than to be with his people, at home and at work. First and foremost Paul was a family man who absolutely adored his wife Karen and children Alex and Cara. Paul approached his illness from the outset with e

UK - TSL has announced that Tim Roffey has joined their team, as head of rigging. Tim has a long career in the rigging and events industries, having previously worked for Unusual Rigging, his own business Special Project Solutions and most recently as a director of Media Power House.

TSL have decided to establish a separate rigging division to focus on a wide range of projects, requiring equipment rental, design and specification. TSL's MD Sam Tamplin commented, "We are glad to have Tim's experience and skill to add to our team and to focus on growing our capabilities in the rigging market."

Tim Roffey added, "I am excited to be involved with TSL, as they continue to expand as a brand and operation. TSL's commitment to investing in quality equipment and their high production values are smoothing I am proud to be associated with. I am looking forward to getting i

USA - Bosch Security Systems has announced the appointment of Michael Doucot to the position of product marketing manager, Electro-Voice Portable Sound - North America.

Doucot moves into this key marketing role after a successful 10 years in customer service and sales with the company, most recently as a regional sales manager for the central US region. Doucot will continue to be based at EV HQ in Burnsville, Minn.

Doucot's new responsibilities include the development and implementation of marketing strategies for EV retail products - including portable loudspeakers, microphones, and electronics - and serving as a focal point for the voice of customer.

(Jim Evans)

UK - Ron Bonner, PLASA's technical resources manager for the last 12 years, has left PLASA to start his own consulting company, Arbec Ltd. The new venture is a direct result of the volume of requests recieved from members and non-members alike for specialist assistance on a one-to-one basis that he was unable to provide in his original role at PLASA. However, Bonner has not completely parted company with PLASA as he is now providing Technical Resource support for PLASA through Arbec. Arbec offers a range of technical and health and safety services to PLASA members and the industry in general (with discounts for PLASA members). To contact Ron, email:

UK - Doughty Engineering has appointed Mathew Brake as the newest member of its export team, where his experience and customer service skills will provide customers with greater continuity, complementing the two existing part time members of staff.

Speaking of Mathew's appointment, Laurence Dyer, Doughty's UK sales representative, said, "In the short time that Mathew has been with us, we've already noted his great potential. He hit the ground running on day one and has demonstrated his excellent customer service skills, expertly dealing with some very challenging customer requests. Being a full time member of the export department, Mathew's skills and experience will allow me to focus on carrying out my customer facing role to greater effect, which will inevitably lead to a better experience for both new and existing clients."

Mathew, who was previously with K-Tech R

UK - Liverpool, UK-based Sound, Light & Visual production solutions provider Adlib, has just appointed Mike Docksey as general manager to oversee its fast expanding Lighting & AV divisions. In a challenging economic climate, Adlib, headed by Andy Dockerty which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, has been steadily building an infrastructure to support and evolve its growing global portfolio of clients.

Adlib's MD Andy Dockerty said: "Mike has undertaken to work alongside the directors and managers at Adlib to help strengthen the brand across all genres and disciplines. He will be overseeing the whole lighting and AV operation with a view to implementing positive and progressive steps to fulfil the aspirations of the company."

"His role will see him forging new bonds, reinforcing existing relationships and helping the sales, rental and operations teams del

USA - Production Resource Group LLC (PRG) has announced today that Stephen Lambright has joined its executive leadership team as vice president of marketing.

With over 20 years of international marketing and brand development experience, Lambright will be responsible for the company's global marketing strategies, implementation of marketing programs that enhance and expand PRG's industry leadership, and promotion of PRG innovations to partners and clients. As a member of the company's executive leadership team, Lambright will report to PRG's CEO, Jeremiah Harris.

"Steve is a welcome addition to our team," said Harris. "He has demonstrated thoughtful and creative leadership as an executive throughout his career and is a talented marketer who delivers results. Steve joins us at a perfect time to build a global marketing organization within PRG that will support an

UK - Midwich has appointed Jon Dew-Stanley as director of solution sales. Jon brings a wealth of AV management experience to Midwich, having been director of commercial audio specialists Polar Audio for the past 13 years. During that spell, he was both technical director and sales director, bringing both commercial and technical design experience to the Midwich group. He is also a past winner of the coveted AV Awards technical person of the year award.

Jon said: "I am delighted to be joining the Midwich group in this new and exciting role. I'll be assisting our client partners to successfully design and deploy innovative technical audio visual solutions using the latest technologies available from our vendors.

"Midwich are a company I know well from my time in the industry and I look forward to contributing to their business objectives with comprehensive, collaborati

UK - Reading-based event lighting specialist, Blinding Light has announced the addition of Dominic Sheerman to its in-house project management team. With 30 years' of experience in the lighting industry and 16 years specialising in the provision of lighting and rigging services for the corporate and special events market, Sheerman is a valued edition to the growing Blinding Light team.

During his extensive experience in the sector, Sheerman has worked with major brands and production companies servicing a number of sectors including automotive, technology, finance and pharmaceutical across Europe and North America.

Over the last two years, the Blinding Light team has gone from strength to strength and Sheerman now joins over 20 colleagues based at the company's Reading offices and warehouse facility. The addition of Sheerman enhances the line-up of industry stalwarts at Blindi

UK - As announced at the ABTT Theatre Show Awards, Peter Lambert has been presented with the ABTT Award for Technician of the Year 2014.

A leading production electrician since 1998 - when his break came working on ShowBoat at London's Prince of Wales Theatre for the legendary Richard Pilbrow - his many years of experience has made him one of the most sort-after technicians around.

Whilst working as a casual on the original 1983 West End production of Singin' in the Rain at the London Palladium, Peter studied for his City & Guilds 181 & 236(1) Theatre Electricians Course - a training course delivered by the ABTT - graduating in 1984.

This was followed by two years at the Palace Theatre as a charge hand, seeing in the Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Misérables. Further experience on West End musicals and UK tours follo

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