USA - Bose Professional has announced the promotion of Adam Shulman to director of product management.
With more than two decades of expertise in system design and product innovation, Shulman is well positioned to spearhead a new era of ingenuity within Bose Professional's product strategy, says the company.
John Maier, CEO of Bose Professional, comments: “Adam embodies the spirit of Bose Professional and his talent strengthens our pursuit of excellence and customer satisfaction. With his grasp of audio technology and product innovation, his leadership will play a crucial role in the creation of systems that align with and anticipate the needs of our diverse customer base.”
Adam Shulman adds: “As a new company, we have a 50-year legacy in professional audio, which provides us the rare opportunity to take a look at ourselves and the market with a fresh pers

USA - EFM Global has promoted former Kuehne + Nagel lynchpin Mattias Becker to vice-president for North America, with immediate effect. Becker, who joined EFM from Fluence, a Siemens and AES company in Alpharetta, Georgia, brings more than 30 years of logistics experience to the VP role.
Based in the US since 2003, Becker has also worked in Europe and Asia for companies including Schenker and Birkhart Fairs + Events.
Mattias Becker comments: “I watched EFM’s reach and reputation grow in the United States and I wanted to be a part of it. The mix of EFM infrastructure and people, coast to coast, has so much history and so much potential, across the event sector and beyond, it’s a really exciting opportunity.”
Gary Morter, EFM Global’s group COO & CEO North America, said: “Mattias has been with us since January 2023 and his immense knowledge about

UK - LSI Projects director Bob Peill has left the company after three decades. The company expresses its gratitude for his pivotal role in achieving significant milestones that have defined its success from the first projects in China in the early 90s up to and including one of the company’s largest projects to date in the form of the New Cairo Opera House in Egypt.
Stepping into the role of projects director is Nick Broad who has a proven track record in systems integration, project management and consultancy.
Nick joins the company as LSI completes projects at Bristol Beacon, and Sadler’s Wells in Stratford East, and continue work on Hertford Theatre, Theatr Clwyd in North Wales and the Royal Arts Complex in Riyadh.
Brenda Dunsire, managing director of LSI, comments: “We will be forever grateful to everything Bob has committed to LSI over the years playi

USA - Bandit Lites has announced that an original Bandit, Brent Barrett, has moved into his retirement. Brent, along with founder Michael T. Strickland, first met in grade school in Kingsport, Tennessee. Neither knew this meeting would culminate in a strong bond and friendship that would last both a full career and a lifetime.
While Bandit began in junior high school, the real work began as Barrett and Strickland attended The University of Tennessee together. Barrett was pursuing a degree in food and lodging with an intention to be in the hospitality industry. After a Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn tour while in college, Barrett never looked back. Both Strickland and Barrett indeed finished their degrees, and at the same time toured and ended up in their lifelong careers.
“Brent and I grew up together,” stated Strickland. “We have been best friends since grade sc

Germany - Dr. Raphael Kiesel takes over the management of ARRI’s lighting division on 1 December 2023. In this role, he is responsible for the entire business unit.
Dr. Kiesel reports directly to Dr. Matthias Erb, chairman of the executive board at ARRI. Dr. Kiesel is currently responsible for global quality management at ARRI. In this role, he has systematically refined quality management at the company. The focus of further development is on the structured transfer of customer requirements into the film technology company’s products and services.
Dr. Erb, chairman of the ARRI executive board, remarks: “We are extremely pleased that we have been able to win Dr. Kiesel for this position. As the new head of the division, he will continue to drive the development of ARRI Lighting. I wish Raphael the best of luck and success in this exciting and challenging task.

Singapore - Clear-Com has appointed Dennis Low to its Singapore-based team as a technical support associate.
Over the past two decades, Dennis has worked in a wide variety of roles in the audio industry, as a sales engineer/technical support for SMX Electronics, an entrepreneur and distributor (as co-founder of Big Knob, Malaysia), and as a House of Worship AV technician at St Andrew's Cathedral, and the Full Gospel Assembly in Singapore.
“Having taken on the role of AV department head and leading teams of volunteers in my previous roles, I believe in empowering people with the right skill sets so they do not feel overwhelmed by the technicalities of a product. That allows them to focus on what’s important, which is to use the tools necessary to support their business goals. Intercom is a powerful tool when properly implemented, and I look forward to sharing my kn

UK - Brompton Technology has announced the promotion of long-serving team member, Adam Callaway, to the role of global lead, virtual production & broadcast.
In his new capacity, Callaway, formerly technical solutions manager, will spearhead Brompton's initiatives in the dynamic virtual production and broadcast markets, helping to identify opportunities for the rest of the team and delivering even better support in these rapidly evolving domains.
“This new role reflects the heightened focus and support we are poised to provide to our virtual production and broadcast customers and partners worldwide,” remarks Callaway. “As we continue to provide new and innovative solutions and platforms to both the virtual production and broadcast markets, we are focused on placing the right people in the right places. By doing this, we are continuing to build a team that wil

UK - TSL Lighting, one of the UK’s largest independent lighting and rigging rental companies, has announced a significant shift in the career of one of its most respected and dedicated team members, Anthony 'Turbo' Hall. After a career spanning almost 40 years in event lighting design, Turbo is set to embrace a new phase as he embarks on a freelance adventure.
"We are both proud and sad to see Turbo move on to new horizons," says Sam Tamplin, managing director at TSL. "His tenure with us has been marked by ground-breaking work, countless memorable projects, and an infectious energy that has touched everyone around him. We have been privileged to work alongside a true industry visionary and on a personal note, it has been an honour to have worked alongside him."
Turbo’s decision to enter the freelance arena in January 2024 represents an opportunity for him to work

Canada - CAST Group of Companies has announced the appointment of Nicholas Lau as product manager for BlackTrax and Jose Fernandez as assistant product manager.
Nicholas Lau’s journey with CAST started in 2018, and he has since played an important role in the successful delivery of large-scale productions, internal testing, and client technical support. "The intelligence ingrained within the core of BlackTrax provides ample room for growth. Given the ongoing advancements in tracking and automation technology, coupled with the scalability and reliability inherent in BlackTrax, we find ourselves in an ideal position to take this solution further than ever before."
Jose Fernandez, with over eight years as a technical writer for CAST Group, possesses a deep understanding of the intricacies of its three award-winning products, BlackTrax, wysiwyg, and Vivien. With the ne

The Netherlands - Kramer has announced the appointment of experienced AV and unified communications and collaboration (UCC) channel executive, Brooke Ellingworth, as its first-ever director of EMEA channels.
Adding over 16 years of top-level AV/UCC knowledge and experience to Kramer’s growing international team, Brooke will play an instrumental role in the company’s ongoing business transformation and growth strategy, with closer and more aligned channel partnerships, key to achieving its ambitions.
Brooke is an accomplished sales and channel leader, with a proud track record of delivering exponential growth to some of the world’s leading technology firms. These include Logitech, from whom she joins and Ingram Micro and Cisco, among others.
Reporting to Peter Baxter, senior vice president (SVP) at Kramer, Brooke – a recent Cambridge University Graduate

UK - Brompton Technology is strengthening its leadership team by promoting Joanna Muggeridge to director of marketing and Lotta Schiefer to director of sales. Both roles are essential to driving Brompton’s global strategy as the company advances along its growth trajectory.
Following more than three decades in the entertainment industry, working with global manufacturers such as Barco, Vari*Lite, and Wireless Solutions, Schiefer brought her years of experience to Brompton in early 2023 and will now help expand its sales reach.
“The opportunity to lead the sales team for such a strong and trusted brand is a huge honour,” says Schiefer, “and even more so when the team consists of such highly dedicated people, always striving to deliver the best possible outcome for our customers.”
In her new position as director of sales, Schiefer will closely collaborate

Germany - The HOF team continues to grow with technology expert Tim Otte joining.
Tim has been working in the field of event technology for many years and has extensive industry, sales and user experience. Many people will recognise him from these activities.
Tim is already very familiar with HOF's portfolio. He joins HOF as sales manager and will work on both national and international accounts.

Australia - Advatek Lighting, makers of PixLite addressable LED pixel controllers, has appointed two experienced lighting industry professionals to spearhead growth in the UK, Europe and Middle East regions.
John Jarrard, based in London, will head Advatek’s business development initiatives in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Advatek, John was general manager for lighting control manufacturer Enttec in UK/Europe, which included the establishment of a European operation and managing through the Brexit process.
Ian Debski will lead European and Middle East business development for Advatek. Based in Frankfurt, Ian has extensive experience in the professional lighting industry, most recently with Glamox GmbH and previously with groups such as ES-System S.A. and Optiled.
“We are delighted to have Ian and John join the Advatek team,’ says Luke Taylor, Ad

USA - Main Light has announced the hiring of Brian Relph as rental account manager for their Tri-State location in Teterboro, NJ. A well-known figure in the New Jersey market with over 20 years of experience, Brian was instrumental in opening 4Wall Entertainment's New Jersey location in 2003.
"It's a great opportunity to work with Main Light, where I can focus on servicing top-tier production companies without the concern of competing with our clients," Brian remarked, highlighting Main Light's position as a dedicated dry hire provider. This sentiment is further echoed by Kathy Cluxton, COO of Main Light: "Brian's expertise and understanding of the customers and local market make him a perfect fit for our collaborative approach."
Since opening in February 2023, Main Light's Tri-State office has been steadily augmenting its roster with seasoned professionals familiar wi

UK - This year, the Association of British Theatre Technicians’ annual general meeting and council election announcement took place at the landmark venue Woolwich Works, London on the 31October.
Three vacancies on the ABTT Council came into being at the time of the AGM. The council, which is made up of 11 trustee-directors, each elected by the membership maintains the running of the ABTT Group, is responsible for the overall management of the ABTT and provides vital support in steering and advising the association’s work.
The ABTT received nominations for election as a trustee-director from Alexander Cann, senior lighting tutor at Mountview and Anton Woodword, managing director - AVW Controls (who had both completed their current three-year term of office and wished to reapply) and from Suzy Somerville, head of production at Birmingham Rep.
As three nominati

Germany - With the addition of experienced industry professional Giulia Calani, GLP is strengthening its resources on two fronts. Giulia has been recruited in the dual role of sales & partner relationship manager for the manufacturer of professional lighting solutions.
Bringing 17 years of industry experience and an extensive network through her previous time at Lightpower, where she managed international projects, she will operate from her home in Paderborn. Here she will deploy her skills as a networker and look after the needs of GLP’s customers, designers and distributors. However, in her role as a sales representative, she will primarily serve customers in Germany’s north-west region.
After many years of working for one employer, Giulia says it was time for a change. After attending her first trade fair on behalf of GLP at LEaT con in Hamburg, she said:

UK - ROE Visual has announced the appointment of Jonathan Sheard as managing director of their UK team.
Sheard’s three-decade-long journey in the live event business has endowed him with a deep understanding of our industry's cultural, technical, and commercial aspects. His background working within the diverse CT group positions him to comprehend and serve ROE Visual's client base.
"I am thrilled to be joining such a respected and forward-thinking company as ROE Visual. I'm excited to bring my knowledge and experience to the team and work towards delivering exceptional LED-based solutions to our clients," says Sheard.
Grace Guo, sales director of ROE Visual, comments, "We are incredibly excited to have Jonathan Sheard join our UK team! Our partnership with Jonathan spans over a decade, and his impact on the industry has been nothing short of impressive. His u

UK - Hugh Vanstone, acclaimed lighting designer and supporter of The Vanstone Scholarship for Production Arts at Guildhall School, was made an Honorary Fellow in graduation ceremonies on Friday 3 November.
Others awarded fellowships were Geoff Harniess (Head of Centre for Young Musicians London between 2013 and 2023), Ashley Zhangazha (Acting, 2010) and Roger Wilson (co-founder and director of operations of Black Lives in Music, an initiative dedicated to addressing better representation in music)
The graduation ceremony was held in the City of London’s Guildhall, and was attended by graduands, honorands, prize-winners, guests and staff.
The School’s special prizes were also awarded over the course of the two ceremonies including; Gold Medal (Music) Alexandra Pouta, Sheriffs’ Prize Camille Daya Lucie Said, Gold Medal (Acting) Abdul Rahman Tariro Sessay, Go

Europe - Michael Johnson, who co-founded Nexo and served as its managing director until 2008, has passed away.
Establishing the company alongside Eric Vincenot and Thierry Tranchant, ‘Micky’ contributed to the expansion of Nexo over nearly 30 years, travelling the world and engaging with customers.
“He was not only an entrepreneur but also a patron of arts, music and theatre and an avid art collector. Please join us in remembering Micky and the legacy he leaves behind,” says Nexo.

USA - Follow-Me has announces the appointment of Chris Lose as their new designer relations liaison for the North American market.
Lose brings considerable experience and a keen understanding of the creative demands of the industry. After using Follow-Me on major world events and tours, Lose states he is “proud to spread the word about the benefits of this dynamic system and help others benefit from integrating it in their design work”.
His appointment signifies a dedication to promoting Follow-Me to the North American market. Marc van der Wel, general manager at Follow-Me confirms: “Providing designer relations to our clientele reinforces Follow-Me’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that scale seamlessly with the size and ambition of any event.”

Germany - Lawo has announced the expansion of its executive management board. Effective 1 November, Claus Gärtner joins Claudia Nowak (CFO and ‘Vorstand’), Jamie Dunn (CCO), Andreas Hilmer (CMO), Christian Lukic (CSCO), Phil Myers (CTO) and Ulrich Schnabl (COO).
“I have a strong passion for high-tech and high-quality products, and I enjoy working for family-owned companies because they allow for sustainable long-term strategies and fast decision-making. Joining Lawo as ‘Vorstand’ and CFO and being part of the company's exciting journey in transforming media infrastructure technology was an opportunity I couldn't pass up,” says Claus Gärtner.
Gärtner's international career has seen him work with Rheinmetall, Smiths-Heimann and Heidelberg Engineering Group, where he held key executive positions and contributed significantly to the growth and success of ea

USA - Creative Technology has announced two key promotions in its executive management team. Effective immediately, Herb Brandt has been named president of the Creative Technology Group in the US and Stephen Gray will be taking on the newly created role of senior vice president of NEP Live Events.
Brandt is a 27-year veteran with extensive experience across all of CT’s business offerings. His most recent role as chief business officer focused on the client-facing side of the business, enhancing CT’s go-to-market strategies while developing new, innovative solutions for customers.
Stephen Gray has been a part of the Creative Technology family since 1994 and has built a reputation grounded in customer service and operational excellence. He will continue in his current role as chief operating officer for CT US while he takes on the responsibilities as senior vice-pre

World - Stage lighting rental house Christie Lites has announced a major strengthening of its global reps, welcoming five new team members to its UK, Germany, USA and Canada shops.
The addition of these new team members reflects the company’s growth aspirations in multiple sectors, including TV, special events and theatre.
London-based rental rep Alex Griffiths brings a decade of experience at the heart of the lighting industry. “I've had the privilege of collaborating with exceptional individuals and building a robust network of industry professionals,” he says. “I’m excited to harness my network and expertise in my new role at Christie Lites, contributing to the continued success of our lighting projects.” One of Griffiths’ key objectives is to expand Christie Lites' presence in the TV and special events sector.
In Germany, where Christie Lites o

USA - Mary Lou Figley is retiring from Stageco US at the end of this year. Mary Lou has successfully led Stageco US for over 31 years. During her 31+ years of service with the company, Mary Lou was instrumental in the success and establishment of Stageco US in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the satellite office in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
“It was essential for Mary Lou to find a replacement whom she felt could take over the reins and help grow the US marketplace,” says Stageco. “During that search, the leadership team and Mary Lou selected Micah Catterson.
Micah is an experienced executive leader focused on revenue growth, operational performance, and delivery excellence on a global scale. Micah will provide strategic leadership for Stageco US by working with the executive leadership team to establish long- range goals, strategies, and growth plans.

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