UK - Nexo has announced that Andy Simmons is joining its UK sales team, bringing with him a wealth of market knowledge acquired over 25 years in the industry
Simmons comes to Nexo after nearly five years with London-based Orbital Sound, where he was director of sales. Orbital has built a strong dealership with Nexo sound reinforcement products, achieving the highest turnover in the UK, and will continue working with Simmons to represent the brand.
A well-known figure in the UK entertainment technology business, Simmons has worked for Crest Audio, XTA and KV2. Starting out in an audio rental company, he has since held key roles in distribution, national and international sales. He will be working closely with Nexo UK sales manager Gareth Collyer, effectively but not exclusively covering London and the eastern half of the UK, while Gareth goes west and focusses on Nexo’s successful support of the fixed installation sector.
“Nexo is a powerful brand,” comments Simmons, “and I’m looking forward to getting out there, spreading the word and raising the profile of this truly distinctive manufacturer, which has created so many benchmark products over the last 30 years. Gareth has done a great job in the UK, my mission now is to broaden Nexo’s appeal across the wider British market.”
UK - EM Acoustics has announced the appointment of British sound designer Greg Clarke to its team. He will be responsible for system design and client liaison on behalf of EM Acoustics, a position he will fulfil alongside his career as sound designer. Clarke regularly designs Broadway and West End shows in addition to his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and many others.
“I’ve been an advocate of EM Acoustics for years; I believe fundamentally in their products, their attitude and their philosophy,” comments Clarke. “As we continue to expand, I’m thrilled to be able to put my relationship with the company on a formal basis and share my experience of this exceptional equipment. I’m also really looking forwards to getting to know EM’s broad and diverse customer base.”
EM Acoustics operations director Mike Wheeler adds: “Having Greg on board is a huge asset for us. As both a highly respected sound designer and a key user of our systems in the theatre market, it’s an incalculable benefit for us to be able to make his expertise available to our customers. In addition to offering help and advice on system design, Greg will also be taking on the role of client liaison and after-sales service.”
UK - Leading international theatre consultancy Theatreplan has strengthened its team with three appointments. Architect and theatre planner, Anniek Wasser, broadcast and AV consultant, Joel Hauxwell, and architect and BIM expert Carlos González Martín, all joined the team within the last few months.
Anniek Wasser is an experienced architect and theatre planner and arrives at Theatreplan after ten years at AEDAS Arts Team (formerly RHWL Arts Team). She has a broad range of experience working on performance spaces including, the Victoria Palace Theatre; Watford Colosseum; Queens Theatre, London and the Music Hall at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Joel Hauxwell has a comprehensive background in broadcasting studios and systems installations. Whilst working as installation design manager for audio visual contractor, Hawthorn, Hauxwell worked alongside Theatreplan on the delivery of the theatre at London’s Channing School, and the refurbishment of the Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre.
Carlos Gonzalez Martin is a qualified architect, with a wide range of experience in Spain. González Martín completed his MSc in BIM Management, at the University Pablo de Olavide in Seville at the end of 2018, joining Theatreplan, immediately afterwards.
Director Roger Fox says: “These recent appointments add significantly to Theatreplan’s knowledge base allowing us offer an even more comprehensive service to our worldwide clients.”
UK - Paul Roughton has been appointed as national sales manager for Stage Electrics. Previously regional sales manager for London and the South East, Roughton has been with Stage Electrics for 13 years.
Working for Stage Electrics’ sales director Anna Western, he is responsible for communicating new product developments with prospective clients, whilst offering one to one sales advice and product demos to both existing and potential customers and line managing technical sales consultants.
“Due to increasing demand nationally, we are expanding the sales team, and as a result we needed a manager who could oversee the process,” comments Anna “Paul, with his extensive experience and thorough understanding of our operation, was the perfect candidate for the role.”
She adds: “this is an exciting time for Stage Electrics, we are seeing opportunities to expand our offering and enter new markets. Paul will be pivotal in helping me make this happen.”
UK - At last week’s AGM of the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) Helen Goddard, managing director for AMS Acoustics, was appointed as the new president, for a term of three years, taking over from Phil Price, while Gareth Collyer was appointed vice president.
In her inaugural speech at the AGM, Helen Goddard thanked the outgoing president for his hard work and commitment to the Institute during his term. Phil Price remains as a director of the institute and chairman of the ISCEx committee.
Goddard comments: “I aim to continue the great success Phil has achieved in his term as president for the ISCE, whose membership has evolved enormously to appeal to a younger, wider and more diverse demographic, whilst continuing to support existing members.
“The institute has modernised its infrastructure and now offers more benefits to individual members including training, health and safety assessment testing and ECS Card application processing, allowing members to apply for an ECS Sound Engineer Card.”
Goddard adds: “The Institute is for its members and so we are keen to know about any issues that council may help with. This will help us devise strategies to fully engage our newest members, such that the institute can dynamically thrive for future generations.”
Spain - Christian Orcin has joined d&b as managing director of d&b audiotechnik Spain.
Headquartered in Barcelona, d&b Spain is one of nine d&b subsidiaries around the globe. Orcin’s responsibilities include sales and marketing and overseeing service and support for regional customers and sales partners.
Orcin comments: “My role will be to maintain the leadership d&b has established in the Spanish mobile/rental market. The brand’s potential for growth in the fixed installation market is huge so developing our install partner network will also be a major focus. I’m inspired by the opportunity to implement this ambitious growth strategy and I’m eager to work with the team in Spain and around the world.
“With key audio technology innovations like the d&b Soundscape, and products like the SL-Series family of line arrays, the engineers in Germany are setting the global brand apart in the market,” adds Orcin. “As custodians of the d&b brand in Spain we are responsible for delivering sales, service and support to match that international promise.”
An electroacoustic engineer, Orcin has spent the last 20 years in the pro audio and AV industries, acquiring a strong track record in customer support and an extensive knowledge of the Spanish AV market. Orcin joins d&b from his most recent roles as vice president of sales and product marketing EMEA for Leyard Optoelectronic, having held former positions in visual media at EARPRO and Panasonic.
Phill Coe, d&b EMEA territory manager says: “Spai
USA - Meyer Sound has announced four new hires and a key promotion.
Rob Cowles has been appointed to the newly created position of director, product marketing. Reporting directly to senior vice president of marketing John McMahon, Cowles will take on leadership and responsibilities in the areas of competitive marketing, vertical market strategies, digital initiatives, and customer relations management. Cowles previously held marketing positions at THX Ltd., LucasArts, CNET and AOL Time Warner.
Daniel Rivera, with Meyer Sound since 2016, has been promoted to business development specialist. Based in Southern California, he will assume a broad strategic role in connecting Meyer Sound to new and existing customers by working closely with architects, consultants and end users across multiple vertical markets.
Taking Rivera’s prior position as business development House of Worship (HOW) specialist is Chris Gille who has held technical management positions at Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois and at Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, among others.
Kayla Knoll returns to Meyer Sound as sales support engineer, Midwest. Knoll served at Meyer Sound from 2006 – 2012 in the Design Services and Marketing departments before accepting a position in A/V Project Management in the Midwest. In her new role, Knoll will work with Meyer Sound’s regional sales managers to reinforce a broad range of sales support activities while maintaining relationships with dealers, integrators and end users. She is based in St. Louis, MO.
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UK - Allen & Heath has announced the appointment of Jamie Ward as sales director APAC.
Reporting to the company’s recently appointed sales director, Markus Sinsel, Ward will be travelling extensively to support and develop Allen & Heath’s APAC distribution partners, working closely with them to grow sales opportunities across multiple vertical markets, from touring sound to installed audio solutions.
Having held international sales positions with The Stanton Group, Harman and most recently, Community Professional, Ward also has extensive history with Allen & Heath, having previously been with the company from 2000-2007.
“I cut my teeth at Allen & Heath, so in many ways this feels like returning home,” says Ward. “Over recent years, I’ve watched the brand growing and growing and feel incredibly excited to be able to bring my experience back to the fold to help it reach new heights in the dynamic, fast-evolving APAC market.”
Markus Sinsel, sales director at Allen & Heath, comments, “As our APAC business continues to grow, finding the right person for this role was critical. With his extensive international experience and solid history with Allen & Heath, Jamie proved to be the perfect fit.”
Europe - The ADJ Group of Companies has announced the recruitment of Laurent Paulussen as the new director of finance for the company’s European division. With a strong background in both finance and strategic leadership, Paulussen will become an integral part of ADJ Europe’s management team and help the business to continue its growth in this important region.
An experienced finance professional and qualified CPA, Paulussen spent the early part of his career working for PwC and KPMG in the Netherlands. Progressing to the position of senior audit manager. Since 2002 he has been an independent financial consultant, based in the Netherlands.
“The new director of finance role at ADJ Europe is significant as we continue to develop our brands and extend our market share in this key territory,” commented Toby Velazquez, president of the ADJ Group of Companies. “Having met Laurent, I am confident that he is the right person for the job and will very quickly become an important part of the ADJ team.”
Paulussen begins his new role this week. He will operate out of ADJ’s European headquarters in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, and will assume overall financial control over the company’s European division as well as working alongside the existing management team on future strategic development.
Europe - ROE Visual Europe has appointed Erik Baum to lead business development in the DACH region.
“Having worked in the AV market for several notable partners in various sales roles, Baum is the perfect candidate to further grow our brand in the German speaking region” comments Roelof Bouwman, “We’re delighted to have him joining our team.”
Operating from the Munich area, Baum is close to the market and able to react swift whenever product or sales support is needed.
“Combining his likeable personality with great commercial skills, Baum offers the perfect support for our German speaking clientele, catering for their commercial needs as well as growing our business in the region,” continues Bouwman.
“Working with ROE Visual products for a long time, I have experienced what a great product it is. I’m very pleased to join the professional team at ROE Visual Europe and I’m happy to lend my market knowledge and expertise. ROE Visual is a well-recognized brand and has an excellent potential to sustain and grow the DACH market region with superior products,” comments Baum.
UK - Well-known industry figure, Matt Lloyd, is to leave his role at Bristol-based technology company GDS after 14 years’ service. Following a restructuring of the company, the co-founder and former managing director had been working in a consultancy role but a change in direction, following the sale of key brands including ArcSystem to ETC, led GDS to terminate the arrangement.
Having gained a wealth of experience and know-how during his time at GDS and Stage Electrics, Matt, vice-chairman of PLASA, will continue to advance the gb4u consultancy he launched in September 2018. gb4u works with a range of businesses, from start-ups to established operations, to advise on and assist with the promotion of strategies for growth and development. Matt is also discussing a number of other opportunities with businesses keen to take advantage of his wide-ranging skills and industry experience.
Lloyd comments, “I’ve had 14 amazing years at GDS, a company which began for me as an idea in the middle of The Panama Canal, during a round the world yacht race! My experiences have been entirely positive and being immersed in helping to create, develop and deliver cutting-edge products as part of such a fantastic team has been a joy.
“I will take forward so many invaluable lessons into the next chapter of my career. The freedom to operate across different sectors of industry is something I’m relishing and I’m very much up for the challenge. I’m confident that gb4u will continue to grow as a productive source of support for a wide range of businesses, fos
Europe - Audio-Technica Europe has appointed Sarah Yule to the position of sales director EMEA. Yule joins the company from VC-backed music creation start-up ROLI, where she was director of sales.
Starting out as an audio engineer in her teens, Yule obtained a degree in Sound Technology from LIPA before moving into the commercial side of the industry. She has spent the last 15 years in both international and senior sales roles at the likes of TL Audio and InMusic and at ROLI was involved in bringing the brand’s products to market around the world.
Yule comments: “I am delighted to be joining such a respected company dedicated to creating products that are both premium quality and best-in-class. Audio-Technica is a brand with a respect for the art of sound, great history and strong heritage.”
Robert Morgan-Males, CEO of Audio-Technica Europe adds: “Sarah is joining Audio-Technica at a fascinating time, as we’re continuing to see the lines between professional and consumer products blurred; we believe that Sarah’s experience and achievements can help drive growth across the business.”
UK - Callum Wachowski has joined Fiend Productions to provide a primary point of contact for rental enquires. Callum, who is also principal at Rugby-based dry hire and event production company Genius Bros, will bring his knowledge of lighting, rigging and video equipment and projects to the Fiend Productions team.
Jess Mathews, Fiend’s MD comments: “Callum has joined us at a time of investment and growth for the business. We are building on our stock of MA and Avolites control equipment, wide range of intelligent lighting fixtures and LED screen this year and Callum’s arrival will help us provide a knowledgeable and consistent contact for our customers.”
USA - Aaron Chisena has joined Apart Audio as director business development for North America.
Chisena brings more than 20 years of experience in product, sales and marketing management and has a vast knowledge of the consumer and commercial electronics, technology and the music industry. Based in Stamford, Connecticut, he will further develop and grow the Apart business together with distribution partners TMP Pro in the US and Trends in the Canadian market.
Apart Audio CEO Kris Vermuyten comments: “We are very happy to welcome Aaron to our team. With his strong and impressive background in the audio industry, he is extremely qualified and the perfect individual for our specialised fixed installation market. His proven track record of brand building and sales team building can only support our distribution partners in the further growth of the APART brand of quality loudspeakers and electronics in this strategic important market / region.”
Chisena adds: “I am very excited and honoured to join the Apart Audio team. They provide exceptional products built for installers combined with first-rate performance, design, and value. We are looking forward to continuing growth in North America as we expose this region of the world to the great culture and capability of Apart Audio.”
Italy - Music & Lights has welcomed Paolo Albani as international sales manager.
He brings 20 years of experience gained from working for reputable companies throughout the lighting industry and will “play an important role in the commercial developmental strategy of Music & Lights”.
Fabio Sorabella, MD for M&L comments: “Paolo has both commercial professionalism and technical expertise. We are glad to have him on our team and I am sure that his experience in the field will help our commercial development projects and will help to strengthen the Music & Lights brands around the globe”
On his new role, Albani explains: "Wherever I turn in this industry I keep meeting more and more people who have been very happy with their dealings with Music & Lights - nationally and internationally, as customer or distributor. It was enough to see the dedication of the people working in the new HQ and talk with the management to understand the reasons for this. Inside Music & Lights you can observe first-hand the innovation, quality and outstanding customer-oriented service. I believe in the world we live in and the market we find ourselves in, it is not enough to simply have good and reliable products. In order to stand out, a company has to be innovative in its offerings and service, and Music & Lights has really got a lot to say about that. I am confident in the team and the M&L vision and am sure that we will be making some waves in the near future."
UK - Grant Smith has joined Robe UK as sales manager for the northeast of England.
Based in Leeds, Smith will be complementing the already very proactive work of Robe’s Ian Brown, Bill Jones and Ashley Lewis, and Robe UK MD Mick Hannaford is “delighted” to have him onboard.
Smith studied English Literature at Liverpool University and enjoyed several summers of work experience rigging stages and roofs at festivals and events all around the UK. He has previously worked at Summit Steel, Neg Earth and AC Lighting, where he remained for nearly 17 years.
USA - Lumileds has appointed Dr Jonathan Rich as chief executive officer. Rich most recently served as chairman and CEO of Berry Global, a Fortune 500 specialty materials and consumer packaging company.
Rich succeeds Mark Adams, who is stepping down as CEO and from the board of directors but will remain in an advisory role to the company. “I am very pleased to be joining Lumileds and am looking forward to building on the company’s differentiated lighting technology foundation to increase the value we can deliver to customers across a broad set of industries,” said Dr. Rich.
“Mark Adams has made significant contributions to Lumileds during his tenure, leading the transition to an independent company and cultivating a culture of innovation and customer focus,” said Rob Seminara, a senior partner at Apollo and chairman of the board of Lumileds. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Lumileds, we would like to thank him for his service to the company and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. We are very excited Jon will be joining Lumileds to drive the next phase of innovation and growth.”
UK - Green Hippo has announced the appointment of David March as head of sales and marketing. March will report directly to Green Hippo’s business unit director, Emma Marlow. He will take responsibility for Green Hippo’s sales and marketing strategy in EMEA and Asia.
March comes to Green Hippo from VER where he most recently served as head of VER Lighting Europe & Aurora Lighting. He began his career as a rental assistant at Vari-Lite Europe ultimately becoming general manager at Vari-Lite Production Services. Since then he has held a number of leadership positions in the lighting and live events sector, including roles at Philips Entertainment, PRG Distribution and AED Distribution UK Limited.
"I am thrilled to be joining the most exciting and innovative brand in its sector. Hippotizer continues to go from strength to strength, and I look forward to helping the company grow further and faster," says March.
Emma Marlow adds, "We are delighted to welcome David to Green Hippo. He brings thorough knowledge of our sector and I am confident that he will be a great asset in helping deliver our commercial goals."
USA - As it continues to sustain growth in the pro lighting, video, audio and effects markets, the ADJ Group has announced the creation of two key positions at its LA-based headquarters.
Shenor Sakadjian joins the group in the new role of sales coordinator, while Jake Rhodes takes on additional responsibility within the company as product specialist.
Shenor Sakadjian comes with over 20 years of retail and corporate experience as a buyer and customer service agent in the fashion, entertainment and hospitality industries. She will assist the ADJ sales staff as well as the ADJ dealer network with support in all aspects of the sales process from purchasing to fulfilment.
Jake Rhodes, who has been with the ADJ Group for almost a year as ADJ showroom manager, has now taken on added responsibilities as ADJ Group product specialist. Rhodes is a recent graduate of California State University Long Beach, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in lighting.
“I am very excited to be welcoming Shenor to the ADJ Group team and also to see Jake take the next step in his promising career,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “They both bring energy, knowledge and experience that will help us to continue to drive the business forward.”
UK - Stuart Moots has been promoted to associate director, pro audio at Shure UK. He began his career at Shure in 2013 as the southern regional sales manager during a period of substantial growth at Shure and was responsible for some of the UK's largest accounts, while also playing a pivotal role in developing critical relationships and identifying new business opportunities in his region.
Shure's senior director for Western Europe, Tuomo Tolonen, commented: "Stuart has been a valuable member of the UK pro team for many years. His work ethic is superb and he is well respected by our customers."
Meanwhile Moots has named Jack Drury as the new market development specialist for pro audio, also based at the Waltham Abbey office. Drury brings with him a wealth of experience, including from his time at Sennheiser and Stage Electrics. "With the addition of Jack to the Shure UK Pro Group, we have strengthened the team to cover what our customers and future Shure users expect," says Moots.
UK - Sound Technology, distributor of Martin by Harman in the UK, has further expanded its professional lighting division with the appointment of Darren Jackson as head of lighting sales and Ferenc Vacha as architectural lighting application engineer.
Jackson has over 20 years’ experience in the lighting industry, with positions at Global Design Solutions and Chauvet.
“I am very excited to be working with the team at Sound Technology and to be representing such a world famous and high-profile brand as Martin is a really honour. Martin has been a market leading and innovative lighting manufacturer for many years, having massively changed the lighting industry with what have become industry standard lighting,” says Jackson. “With more in the pipeline, it’s a very exciting period and I am very much looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Vacha joins from Lightworks Architectural where he worked on office, retail, art & culture, and leisure lighting projects as a technical design engineer. He will be providing pre-sales advice and application support for Martin's architectural lighting product range.
"I'm very pleased to have joined the amazing team at Sound Technology and to have the opportunity to support clients hands-on with the Martin Professional dynamic architectural lighting solutions," says Vacha.
Italy - K-array has appointed Pablo Manoukian as area sales manager for the Latin America region, effective from 1 February.
No stranger to the K-family, Pablo has been working with the Italian manufacturer as account executive - LATAM and the Caribbean since 2015, where he has accumulated several years of field experience overseeing important K-array projects such as the Kayros Temple in Spain, the Gran Teatro del Habana in Cuba and the Gran Carpa Cathedral in Puerto Rico. Pablo has also expanded K-array’s reach in the region by determining new distribution channels in Uruguay, Bolivia and Ecuador.
“Given his previous success with us, his extensive work experience in event productions and profound studies in the technical aspects of pro audio, we were confident that Pablo would excel even more as area sales manager," says Alessandro Tatini, president of K-array. "His appointment compliments our great global sales force and we expect him to elevate K-array in LATAM even further and look for new impressive initiatives to come out of the region.”
UK - GDS has given new roles to two members of staff as the company prepares to launch new product ranges in the coming months.
James Hall will head up sales in entertainment and architecture, whilst Scott Kerslake will act as key accounts executive for entertainment products. Hall worked in the entertainment lighting side of GDS’s business before leaving for a brief period to develop his knowledge of the architectural sector. He will work closely with MD Richard Cuthbert to introduce customers to the company’s new Reality Series and Prodigy Series lighting and control products. Kerslake meanwhile is a highly-skilled former production technician.
Managing director Richard Cuthbert states that the appointments are part of the new long-term development plan for GDS: “Both James and Scott are dedicated to GDS and are proven, highly-committed specialists. With the departure of former director Matt Lloyd, it was essential to place strong candidates in these important, customer-facing roles. I am fully confident that James and Scott have all the required qualities to help develop further significant growth for GDS.”
USA - Business development specialist Jeff Meyer has joined AV solutions integrator OSA International (OSA). An industry veteran, Meyer has 35 years of experience in live sound and video for corporate events. Based at OSA’s Las Vegas office, he will be responsible for developing new business relationships and expanding sales of LED technology.
Meyer joins from Video Equipment Rentals (VER), where he worked business development and account management since 2010. Prior to that, he spent over 23 years at Creative Technology (formerly Media Control). Meyer joined Media Control as a sound engineer and warehouse technician in 1987. He then became a project manager in 1990 and went on to take up the roles of operations manager and subsequently, general manager.