DPA Microphones in Denmark continues on its impressive expansion curve, and has again increased the strength of its sales department, recruiting Steffen Leth Møller to the European team. He takes up the role of area manager, working right across the continent. Prior to joining DPA Microphones, he completed a four-year technical education as an export technician and spent five years with the Michelin Group in Denmark, where he was a technical sales representative.
Laser Grafix of Royston have been successful in persuading Richard Wright to join the company as Group sales manager. Wright has left his role as general manager and director designate of GVC Laserpoint. Wright will bring with him a great deal of sales experience, not only from his time at Laserpoint but also from his work for Philips Analytical, and his knowledge of the videowall and large screen industry will prove invaluable.
The Board of Directors of AC Lighting Inc has announced that Bob Gordon has become president and chief executive officer of the company. As one of the founding partners of AC Lighting Inc, Gordon has been instrumental in establishing a distribution company with an enviable reputation for quality products and technical support in North America. Founded in 1993, AC Lighting Inc distributes professional lighting equipment to the North American entertainment industry. AC's exclusive product range includes MA Lighting (grandMA lighting control), Jands Electronics (lighting control), Chroma-Q (colour changers) and cable assemblies.
C Audio has reinforced its senior management structure to enable them to sustain and maximise the early sales potential in the wake of last year's successful worldwide launch of the new Pulse switched-mode amplification series. The key change sees David Neal take up the role of sales and marketing director, in parallel to his duties with BSS Audio. At the same time, Dominic Harter has been appointed as sales engineer for C Audio, covering all sales to European markets. Ruth Buchanan becomes sales office manager with responsibility for both BSS and C Audio, and Paul Bass becomes C Audio marketing co-ordinator. Lee Basham (product support manager) and Melissa Bednarski (sales co-ordinator) continue in their present roles.
David Bruml is joining Funktion One as sales and marketing manager in October. Bruml has been in the audio industry many years and was at one time with Turbosound, where he developed his initial passion for the work of Tony Andrews and his partners at Funktion One. Tony Andrews comments: "We are delighted that David has agreed to join us co-ordinating our marketing and sales strategy. We are looking forward to working with him over the coming years."
Color Kinetics has expanded its senior management team. Five new Vice Presidents - including two promoted from within the company - have joined the senior team. The company was founded in 1997 and in just under three years has grown to nearly 100 employees. Joining the existing senior team members who have been in place since the early days of Color Kinetics are Bruce Beck, vice president, business development who brings over 28 years experience in new market development and sales to the company. Kevin Dowling is the new vice president of strategic technologies: he joined the company in April 1999 as director of engineering. Allen Duck joins as vice president, international sales: he brings 12 years of extensive international sales experience to Color Kinetics. David Goselin, who has over 30 years experience in manufacturing and operations management is the new vice president, manufacturing. The final member of the team is Jeffrey Sirek, vice president, North American sales who joined Color Kinetics in July of 1998 as a regional sales manager.
Lightfactor Sales continues its ongoing expansion and re-structuring with the appointment of Paul de Ville as managing director. De Ville will be working proactively alongside Lightfactor's established sales team in a move designed to free up Mick Hannaford to deal with group expansion, product line development and the marketing of the group. De Ville is one of the most colourful characters of the lighting production and performance industry. For the last 15 years he has worked at the Lighting Technology Group, and is a well-known and respected figure throughout the industry.
Coemar DeSisti Australia has announced staff changes to cope with steadily increasing business. David Lee joins the company as TV and film lighting specialist. David has had 30 years' experience in the lighting industry including theatre, concert, corporate and TV lighting, spending 20 years working for BTQ7 in Brisbane. During the time at BTQ7 he was responsible for all studio and location lighting and also a number of large outside broadcast events such as Gladiators, RAQ Fashion Awards and Brisbane Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols for seven years, as well as game and children's shows such as Wipeout, Amazing, Family Feud and A Big Breakfast. He was also technical director/lighting director for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (Australian TV Coverage) and lighting director for News and Today Show at 1988 Seoul Olympics for the NBC Network USA.
Live event company Hotcakes has today announced the formal appointment of five senior figures to its new Board of Directors. The Board will consist of Chris Spencer (executive producer and managing director), Helene Spencer (visual director), Sean Canning (creative director), Dick Tee (production director) and Alison Esse (communications director). The Board has been formalised as the company enters a new phase of development and expansion. Hotcakes already designs, produces and manages creative shows and live events for a number of different brands and organisations in the UK, including Marks & Spencer, Cosmopolitan Show and Prima, as well as the creative production for International Festival of the Sea, and will be announcing new projects in the near future.
Following the appointment of Allan Gallacher as its regional sales manager in the North, Trantec Systems has further boosted its sales force with the appointment of Gary Waywell to a similar role in the South. Waywell has spent the last two years with Stagetec UK and was previously with CCT Lighting, where he was involved with the launch of the Freedom range. He will join Tranetc in time for the PLASA launch of a new range of products.
Mark White, until recently a member of the team of theatre consultants at the Royal Opera House, is to join ETC Europe on October 2 as sales manager for the UK and Eire. Having been part of the theatre industry since 1985, White's career has included the development of bespoke lighting and control equipment for shows including Cats and Phantom of the Opera . He has also designed lighting and effects for major exhibitions and displays, including Eurodisney, and his extensive knowledge and experience will prove invaluable to the ETC Europe sales team. Mike Lowe, managing director of ETC Europe, told PLASA Publishing: "The addition of Mark, with all his practical experience, demonstrates the fact that ETC continues its commitment to providing the best customer service in the business."
PLASA Publishing has learned that Robert Bell, one of the three co-founders of Canadian software specialist CAST Lighting, has left the company to move on to new projects. CAST Lighting is best-known for its highly-popular WYSIWYG lighting design softare. Bell, who is currently working with John Rayment on the lighting of the Olympic Games in Sydney, says he has no precise plans at present, but is excited about the future.
Former deputy show director of the Cosmopolitan Show, Matt Briggs, has joined brand experience consultancy Hotcakes as a full-time producer. The appointment of Briggs, who has worked closely with Hotcakes for the past two years in producing Cosmopolitan Show's award-winning catwalk show, underlines Hotcakes' push to recruit skilled individuals from a variety of sectors. His responsibilities will include the initiation and management of projects, close client liaison, co-ordinating the teams allocated to each event, controlling and managing budgets and production schedules and identifying and acting on opportunities as and when they arise.
On August 1 Stig Poulsen took over as Martin Professional's new R&D director replacing long-time head of R&D, Finn Kaellestrup. Poulsen joins Martin from building control company Danfoss where he was technical manager. His principal role will be to develop the R&D department's flexibility and design capabilities, as well as to strengthen the company's infrastructure.
OmniSistem of Wahington state, has added Rick Poole to its sales staff. Poole joins the company from Guitar Center in Tukwila, Washington, where he managed the DJ and lighting department. He has been a mobile and club DJ for 10 years, as well as a successful club systems installer/contractor. His experience with lighting products for the DJ and club level will be a great asset to bolster sales of the Programmi Sistem Luce (PSL) products, the COEF MP250 series, and La Novalight Booster and centrepieces.
Aura Sound Design Ltd has appointment of Scott George as show control director. Cited as the most experienced show control programmer this side of the Atlantic, George began his sound career in Australia. He worked on a broad range of projects covering theatre, opera, concerts and corporate presentations, and spent three years as the hire manager of Scion Stage Sound and Lighting. He has since worked all over the world, and in the UK has been involved with Coriolanus/Richard II at the Gainsborough Studios, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Macbeth, Plenty and Phedre/Britanicus for the Almeida at the Albery, and Hey Mr Producer at the Lyceum Theatre. George is currently working alongside Aura's John A Leonard programming the complex audio system being designed by Aura for the new Madame Tussauds Exhibition in New York.
Martin Professional is expanding its touring and theatre division with the appointment of Mark Ravenhill as stage lighting manager. Ravenhill, who previously worked with Martin at the company's Danish HQ, joins them from AC Lighting where he was marketing manager. One of his first roles will be to oversee the launch of the new MAC 2000 at the forthcoming PLASA Show. The company has also strengthened its technical department with the appointment of Steve Chimarades as technical manager. Chimarades brings with him a technical background and was most recently with a telecommunications company.
London-based Orbital Sound has appointed Drew Mollison to its team of theatre sound specialists. Mollison has over 15 years' experience of West End Musicals, working on major shows such as Miss Saigon, 42nd Street and Les Miserables in a range of capacities from front-of-house operator to production engineer and sound designer. He has also worked for the Really Useful Group, supervising audio production of shows such as Starlight Express and Jesus Christ Superstar. Mollison will work alongside Orbital's Tim Sherratt in technical support, as well as expanding the capacity of the production engineering department, headed by Andy Robinson.
Laser Grafix has welcomed Paul Sadler back to the fold. Sadler first began working for them in 1988, progressing to hire manager before leaving to join Stagestruck as project manager. He returns to the company as technical sales executive.
As part of its ongoing expansion programme, Northern Light has announced that Colin Cuthbert is to join the company in the key role of regional sales manager. Previously with Strand for three years, Cuthbert's experience will make a significant difference to Northern Light - Strand's largest distributor. His professional career started in lighting and technical management with companies such as English National Opera, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne. Based in London, he will be responsible for development of Northern Light's business in London and South of England.
As part of the ongoing development of international sales, and following the announcement that it is now marketing its full range of products direct to overseas customers, DHA has restructured its sales division to incorporate four international regional sales managers. As well as seeking out new international stockists, they will also arrange joint product training and workshops for end users. Three of the regional sales managers have been appointed from within the company: Louise Robson-Tester will be responsible for stockists and dealers in the UK and Eire, while Nigel Sadler assumes control of Benelux and Scandinavian countries. Julie Harper, previously head of DHA's marketing, will now concentrate on the development of sales in Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East. The appointment of the fourth RSM, who will cover middle Europe and Eastern Bloc countries, will be announced later in the year.
Following a period of rapid expansion, the changes at board and senior management level at Lighting Technology Group, announced in January, have been followed by a further stage of restructuring. Business development director Paul de Ville is to leave the company. De Ville, who has been with the company for over 15 years and has made a valuable contribution to its progress, is off to explore new challenges.In the meantime, several new members have been appointed to the sales and administration teams. Jonathan Price, who has a wealth of technical experience in the theatre, conference and exhibition industries, joined the company in April to cover entertainment field sales in the South East. Joining the sales team at Park Royal is Anil Talwar, who moves in from ETC Europe, bringing with him excellent knowledge of the ETC product range. Sarah Davis, late of Stagetec, has been employed to handle image projection products for the retail sector and Clive Tallent joins via Light Projects to promote the Group's interior architectural lighting products. Eva Rodriguez, who is fluent in Spanish, and Emma Cepek, formally of Stage Electrics, will add their skills to the work of Lighting Technology's busy export department. Joining Lighting Technology's Manchester sales team is Brian Simmonds, who moves across the city from the Playlight Group, where he has been sales manager for the past six years.
John Hornby Skewes has appointed Anthony Gunter as the company's new area sales manager for south west England and Wales. Gunter joins the company from M Hohner Ltd, for which he had been area sales manager covering the same territory for the past two years.
Philips CSI has appointed Kevin Diss as general manager to head up its rapidly growing UK operation at its headquarters in Sunbury. The move comes at a time of expansion for Philips and follows the recent appointments of Alfred Van Wyk as areas sales manager for professional PA and Andrew Davidson as area sales manager for communications products. Diss brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously been sales and marketing director for Philips Projects in Cambridge.