UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has announced the appointment of well-known industry figure Dave Ball in a newly-created audio sales executive role.
Joining AC-ET’s specialist audio division, Ball’s primary focus will be on developing business for the Dynamic Audio Device (D.A.D.) professional audio brand, which is exclusively distributed in the UK by AC-ET and in the ROI by sister company, AC-ET Ireland.
Operating out of AC-ET’s Northern sales office in Leeds, he will spend most of his time on the road visiting clients and carrying out product demonstrations. Ball will also represent AC-ET’s other key audio lines, as well as complementary services such as Tourflex Cabling custom cable assembly.
Ball previously held technical sales and business development roles for speaker brands and pro-audio distributors including RCF, Polar Audio, LMC and KV2 Audio, as well as running his own PA rental business for 12 years.
Peter Butler states: “I’m delighted to welcome Dave to AC-ET’s audio sales division. With his wealth of knowledge and experience in the professional loudspeaker market, along with his huge passion for audio as a user himself, Dave is well placed to develop the Dynamic Audio Device brand and provide first class service to our audio customer base.”
Italy - Claypaky has announced the appointment of Marcus Graser as the new CEO of the company. He replaces former CEO Pio Nahum, who is retiring on 1 October after 30 years in the lighting industry, the last 10 spent at the Italian lighting manufacturer.
Graser, 42, is an experienced Osram executive who has spent the past 15 years in a variety of roles at the organisation, most recently as head of business development and innovation for entertainment. When Osram acquired Claypaky, Graser led the Osram side of the integration. He has been Nahum’s designated successor, working closely with the former CEO since the start of 2019.
"I am proud of having become the new CEO of Claypaky and to oversee the exciting progress we anticipate in the years to come,” comments Graser. “I feel however that this is the right time to express on behalf of an entire Claypaky community, our sincere gratitude to Pio Nahum for his excellent contributions as well as pragmatic, visionary and passionate leadership that allowed the company to achieve important results.”
Nahum adds: "I am glad to hand my responsibility over to Marcus; we have been working together since January and he has acquired a perfect understanding of our organisation, our market and our business. I am confident that Marcus will carry out his new assignment with the utmost professionalism, enhanced by the enthusiasm and innovative attitude that are part of his personality.”
France - Lighting solutions manufacturer GLP has appointed Bruno P. Souchaud to head up its newly-formed subsidiary, GLP France.
Souchaud has nearly three decades’ experience in international show lighting, including three years with the French GLP distributor, LA BS.
GLP board member Kasper Gissel comments: “We are fortunate to have the services of such a lighting industry veteran as Bruno. The move will bring us closer to our customers and key LD’s. GLP has been specified by French LDs for many years, and previously we have done business directly with the major rental houses in France. So the timing is perfect for GLP to put a more solid structure in place and to further increase our presence in the market.”
Bruno says he is relishing the new challenge. “When Udo [Kuenzler], Kasper and the GLP team set out to emulate the formula that had worked so well for the UK and Nordic countries, I jumped at the chance, especially given the exciting launch of the Fusion range. I wouldn't have moved for a copycat brand or a brand without GLP’s level of creativity and innovation.”
GLP France will initially operate from Bruno P. Souchaud’s office in Aulnay-Sous-Bois on the suburbs of Paris, close to Roissy CDG airport.
Europe - Harman Professional Solutions has announced that Hamid Soufian has been appointed vice-president and general manager of EMEA.
Soufian brings more than 18 years of experience in the Harman organisation to his new role.
“We are pleased to welcome Hamid Soufian to this key leadership role as we continue to improve and strengthen the Harman brand worldwide,” comments Mohit Parasher, president & EVP, Harman Professional Solutions. “We are excited to have someone with Hamid’s expertise to help us grow and bolster our relationships with our valued partners in the EMEA region.”
Prior to his new appointment, Soufian was the VP and GM responsible for multiple European automotive customer accounts forging new relationships and enhancing existing partnerships with the OEMs.
“I’m extremely honoured by this appointment and will be working diligently to establish and strengthen long-term partnerships with our distributors and customers across the EMEA region,” says Soufian.
UK - During the PLASA Show, L-Acoustics founder and president Dr Christian Heil was announced as the winner of the 2019 Gottelier Award, as voted for by his peers. Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, this annual award recognises product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Heil founded L-Acoustics in 1984, and the introduction of the V-DOSC line array system in the mid-1990s led to a fundamental shift in the live sound market, and line array systems proliferated for the next decade and a half. Still, Heil and L-Acoustics continue to refine the line array concept: the KIVA ultra-compact system came to market in 2008; the K1 system - seen as the long-awaited successor to the ground-breaking V-DOSC - debuted in 2009; the KARA modular line source system followed in 2010; and the K2 system in 2014. More recently, L-ISA’s comprehensive multichannel audio architecture has impressed with its ability to bring immersive audio to live performances in venues with capacities of 100 to 10,000 or more.
On receiving the award, Heil comments: “I am very proud to receive the Gottelier award, both as an individual but also on behalf of the whole L-Acoustics team who have accompanied me for 35 years now. I am especially happy that this award is given to someone that represents and contributes to the evolution of the sound industry. To my knowledge, the last time the Gottelier was awarded to a fellow sound luminary was in 20
USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has appointed Chaz Goodman as marketing manager. Goodman will focus on expanding the online presence for Fulcrum Acoustic and will serve as the media contact.
He joins Fulcrum from the non-profit world, most recently as the Communications Manager for Volunteers of America Upstate New York, where he designed and implemented a comprehensive communications plan to increase brand visibility and help the organization adapt to fit a changing digital landscape. Prior to that, Goodman worked in development at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago where he learned the value of targeted marketing to achieve fundraising goals.
"We are excited to bring Chaz on board," says Stephen Siegel, president and co-founder of Fulcrum Acoustic. "It's important that we focus resources into content creation for electronic media. Chaz's experience as a musician and content developer makes him a great fit."
"It can be difficult to capture attention when your audience is constantly over-stimulated with the sheer amount of information online," says Goodman. "Fortunately I'm in a good position because Fulcrum Acoustic has such a novel product line. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for such an innovative company."
Germany - Udo Stoof, has joined the dBTechnologies Deutschland team. Stoof has many years of experience in audio and AV media technology and strengthens the Cologne-based company, joining the team for fixed installations to meet the enormous demand and to offer customers even better service. Working as project manager installed sound, he supports customers who plan and realise installations with equipment of the brands RCF and dBTechnologies alike.
Stoof has worked for manufacturers and distributors for over 25 years plus running his own company.
At dBTechnologies, he together with Georg Hofmann, who has been responsible for fixed installations for years, are forming a new team that will focus on this business area. Part of the strategy is also the spatial spin-off of the fixed installation division. Both colleagues will work from a joint office in Telgte, North Rhine-Westphalia, which will be opened in the next few weeks.
"We are very pleased to have Udo, a proven specialist with many years of experience, joining our company. Expanding the team for fixed installations and establishing it at a central location is an important and strategic decision for us. We are experiencing increasing demand from this sector, and we see enormous potential for our company to grow in the future," says Arne Deterts, managing director at dBTechnologies Deutschland.
"For me, it is a desirable task to further develop the fixed installation business unit at dBTechnologies Deutschland. The products of the two manufacturers are convincing, both technically and from t
UK - ADJ has announced the expansion of its UK-based sales team with the recruitment of Ryan Mattin who will serve as ADJ UK’s new southern sales rep. Ryan’s focus will be developing new business in the south of England as well as providing sales support to existing ADJ dealers.
Having worked in the audio and lighting retail industry for over 10 years, as purchasing manager for Audio Visual Commodity, Ryan has a keen interest in entertainment technology.
“Working for ADJ has been a dream of mine for quite a while, so it really is a pleasure to now be representing the company in the south of England,” says Ryan. “With an ever-growing product range for any size event, I am excited to be on board and part of this great team.”
Ryan has already begun his new role and is out on the road meeting customers and demonstrating the latest new ADJ products, with his first appearance being at the PLASA Show (15-17 September) at Olympia, London. He can be contacted via email@example.com
“I have known Ryan for a number of years and am pleased to have him join our sales team,” added ADJ UK’s national sales & marketing manager, Kris Dawber. “Bringing technical knowledge and valuable market insight, I’m sure he’ll prove to be a great addition to our sales team in the UK. With exciting new products to introduce to the market – including the Hydro Series of IP65-rated moving head fixtures – ADJ is enjoying significant growth in the event production sector and with Ryan onboard this is definitely set to continue.”
USA - Fane International and sister company Precision Devices have recently recruited Alexander Schek in the role of sales and business development manager, LATAM to support their on-going global growth strategy.
Based in Miami, Florida, Alexander has an understanding of the Latin American market, business culture and executive level sales experience along with a passion for all things audio and technology. Working for high-profile companies, including almost a decade in charge of Latin American business with Sennheiser.
Says Schek, “I am humbled to be part of the Fane/PD Family and their passion to embrace the Latin America market. The market is eager to welcome such prestigious brands, rich in history and heritage in sound engineering excellence.”
“We are delighted to welcome Alexander as a member of the team,” says Mark Barnes, Fane/ PD managing director. “Alexander occupies a new position which we have created specifically to bring us closer to audio professionals and enthusiasts in Latin America.
“We intend to increase the presence and visibility of both Fane and Precision Devices brands in countries across the region. Alexander brings a fresh perspective, wealth of experience and expertise to leverage our efforts. Expect to see an exciting future for Fane and Precision Devices in Latin America.”
UK - Peex, the company behind an app platform that enables concertgoers to mix audio from live concerts in realtime, has announced Patrick Vosgimorukian as its new CEO. With a background working with next generation tech companies, Vosgimorukian will be leading Peex into the next phase of its launch plan.
Vosgimorukian will be assisting the team in developing the business and identifying opportunities for the product to be scaled following its recent success in both the US and Europe where Peex was launched on Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Vosgimorukian boasts considerable experience working within the tech and entertainment industries. He comments: “It is an absolute privilege to be named Peex’s new CEO. It is an exciting time to join the company following the successful commercial launch in the US and Europe. The goal of Peex is to enhance the live sound experience and the potential for this technology is enormous.”
Pieter Hamelink, co-founder and executive chairman of Peex, adds: “We welcome Patrick to our growing team and are excited for the wealth of experience and expertise that he brings along with him to Peex.”
Peex is currently available to the public on Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. It enables music fans to create their own enhanced five channel mix of the live concert sound.
UK - ETC has hired Matt Cowles as field project coordinator for its London office.
Cowles will provide technical sales and manage projects across the country, be responsible for sales arrangements of key accounts in this region, and support regional sales manager, Jeremy Roberts in working with ETC and High End Systems’ dealers, distributors and customers.
A familiar face in the UK with 17 years of experience working in the industry, he joins the company from Ambersphere Solutions where he worked in technical sales for seven years. As key account manager, Cowles was responsible for numerous product lines and the development of the business with a focus on theatre. Prior to this, he worked in the live events sector with UK-based dealer Stage Electrics in the role of business development manager.
Regional sales manager Jeremy Roberts comments: “We are delighted to have Matt on the team. His knowledge, experience and contacts in the industry makes him a valuable resource to ETC and our customers. We look forward to working together and continue expanding our offering across the UK.”
UK - Lauren Drinkwater has joined TMB’s Global Customer Development Group. Lauren arrives with an extensive background in sales, support, and business management in the entertainment technology and production field. Drinkwater’s role at TMB is to build customer relationships, increase awareness of TMB’s products and service, and directly assist TMB’s European distribution partners. She will be based out of TMB’s UK office and will be at PLASA 2019.
Drinkwater brings years of experience to her new role at TMB, including management at City Theatrical, sales at Martin Professional, and accounts management at Sound Technology.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the European arm of TMB’s global presence,” she says. “I’m particularly excited about TMB’s emphasis on long-term personal interaction with top-flight professional companies. To this end, my experience in growing accounts and providing maximum service fits well with TMB’s relationship-based business model. I look forward to us achieving great things together.”
“We’re very excited to bring Lauren on board,” says Tim Obermann, TMB’s European sales manager. “Our industry is a close community and our interaction with Lauren has been extremely positive. Our European distribution partner programme is expanding rapidly, and one of her priorities will be spearheading this effort. Lauren will no doubt be a valuable addition to our organisation.”
At PLASA 2019 on stands G59 and G60, TMB will be showing its complete range of products, including Firefly Festoon and Fa
USA - Chauvet Professional has appointed Brad Haynes as its national resource manager, concert and touring. Haynes joins Chauvet from AC Lighting and will foster relationships between the company and touring designers in addition to creating a range of educational programmes.
“All of us at Chauvet Professional are excited about welcoming Brad to our team,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We have a great deal of respect for his knowledge and integrity. His extensive experience in the concert and touring world will enable us to serve those markets even better than we do today.”
Prior to his experience at AC Lighting, Haynes was director of product and application support at Harman International, where he managed product training and demo programs for internal staff as well as lighting professionals. He also held a series of commercial positions at Martin Professional for 12 years.
At Chauvet Professional Haynes will manage product demo and training programmes, while also serving as a liaison between the company and lighting designers. “Brad brings a valuable combination of skills to this position since he has a deep understanding of products and the designers who use them,” says Chauvet. “We’re very eager to start working together.”
Italy - Following the resignation of the former chairman Silvano Latteo, DTS Illuminazione has announced the appointment of Dante Latteo as chief executive officer.
Dante Latteo has been appointed as new CEO in the pursuit of the company’s business continuous growth, says DTS. He is one of the founding members of the company and has been serving DTS for decades as senior board member. The new management will continue the company development process started a year ago, giving new impetus to the products innovation and brand repositioning in the world market, as well as consolidating the domestic achievements.
A DTS statemenent says, “All at DTS would like to express their gratitude to Silvano Latteo for the decades of commitment as chairman. Silvano's efforts contributed to expand and consolidate the company business, thanks to his entrepreneurial attitude and in setting and achieving professional goals, by adding precious value year after year.”
Europe - Elation Professional’s European headquarters has appointed Alistair Smyth, a 24-year industry veteran who joins the growing office’s technical sales department. Smyth comes to Elation with background in customer, technical, sales and project support and will provide technical advice, assistance and training for Elation’s extensive product line.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Smyth lived in England for many years before recently relocating to Kerkrade, The Netherlands, home of the Elation Europe headquarter office, where he has already started in the new position. ”I have moved from England to the Netherlands to join Elation and I am excited and happy to join the team here,” he says. “The Elation brand has been known to me for many years and I jumped at the chance to be a member of the technical and sales force. I hope to provide a valued contribution to both customers and staff.”
Prior to Elation, Smyth worked as a technical sales coordinator at Flashlight Ltd., a distributor of entertainment industry technology near Manchester. He has previously worked in the video department of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (Leeds) and in Canada for Christie Lites, where he was head of service in the rental company’s Toronto office. He also has experience from High End/Flying Pig Systems and Vari*lite Production Services (PRG).
“Alistair’s many years of industry experience are invaluable and we are delighted that he has joined our team here in Kerkrade,” comments Elation’s European sales and marketing manager Marc Librecht.<
UK - Brompton Technology has announced the expansion of its customer facing team with the additions of Dries Vermeulen as business development manager (Europe), and Chris Grandin as technical support manager.
Vermeulen, a familiar face in the LED industry from his days at Barco, VER and ROE Visual, brings a wealth of experience in a technical and commercial capacity. He will be based in Belgium, positioning him to be in close contact with Brompton customers throughout Europe.
Grandin, who has relocated from South Africa, has most recently held the positions of group technical advisor for the Gearhouse Group of companies and technical services supervisor at Christie Digital Systems. He brings over two decades of expertise in the field of live entertainment and events, providing technical solutions and backup for creative staging ideas at events reaching audiences from under a hundred to a few million, across South Africa and internationally.
Vermeulen and Grandin join the customer facing team alongside Rob Fowler, now in the role of senior business development manager, and US-based Sean Sheridan, regional technical manager - Americas. Adam Callaway, who recently celebrated five years with the company, moves to the newly created position of technical project manager, and Luke Hurford, who continues to be based in China, moves to the role of regional technical manager - APAC.
UK - Audio Evolution has announced the appointment of Peter Russell to the position of audio project manager. The recently launched sister-company to global video specialists pixl evolution will benefit from Russell’s experience of the corporate and theatre markets. During a 20-year career with another major supplier, he has worked on a host of high-profile musical theatre tours, as well project managing major events across the UK, European and the US.
Company director Guy Vellacott comments: “Peter is exactly the right person to take on the project management role at audio evolution. We’ve made significant investments in high quality hardware, including d&b, Shure, Denon, Yamaha and Clear-Com and we couldn’t be placing it in safer hands. Peter has an impressive track record managing all aspects of audio in high-profile, high pressure environments and his skills and experience will be invaluable in meeting the demands of an already busy schedule.”
UK - Independent rigging specialist Rigging Team has announced the appointment of Matthew Millward to the role of technical manager at its Stevenage headquarters.
Working with some of the industry’s leading rental providers and as key crew on a host of major international tours, Millward’s experience encompasses a diverse variety of roles from in-house technician through to touring production manager on large scale arena shows.
Adam Searle, Rigging Team director, says: “Matt brings with him over two decades of real-world experience in rigging, technical theatre and technical management. This wide-ranging understanding of our business will ensure he remains an enduring member of our team.”
Switzerland - Indoor drone systems specialist Verity Studios has announced that head of sales Fabrice Couadou is the latest addition to its senior management team.
With more than 20 years of sales, business development, and marketing experience at Intel, Couadou will focus on scaling Verity’s live events business.
“Verity has brought leading-edge technology to the live events industry and at the same time made it reliable, safe, and easy to operate,” comments Couadou. “With its innovation roadmap, Verity is already several steps ahead of the market and its competition and has established a successful recurring business model. Verity’s work with entertainment providers like Cirque du Soleil and MSG, and artists like Drake and Metallica is further proof that they’re the clear leaders in this field, and I’m excited to join the team.”
Europe - Medialon, specialist provider of show control solutions, has hired Robert Chong as product specialist to service customers and installation sites across the EMEA region.
Chong brings more than 27 years of experience working with the Medialon brand and product range as engineer, consultant and integrator. His career includes sales and technical leadership roles for a range of AV companies across Europe and Australasia including Barco, Gibson International, Atea and ZKM.
Eric Cantrell, VP of business operations for Medialon, comments: “At Medialon, we are committed to ongoing to the support of customers and installations - both existing and new. Robert has worked closely with our team, customers and product line for many years and in his new role, will allow us to carefully consider the needs of all projects - developing and delivering the very best show control solutions for entertainment and attractions markets that consistently exceed expectations.”
In July, the team behind media serving company 7thSense Design led the acquisition of the Medialon brand and ShowControl activities from Barco to form a new company, Medialon. The new company joined the 7thSense Design family and operates from Orlando, FL., with satellite offices across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
Russia - d&b audiotechnik has appointed Anna Kovyza as country manager for Russia, as the German pro audio manufacturer prepares to open a new office in the country this year.
Kovyza is a former head of sales and marketing for A&T Trade’s professional audio and lighting division. She will be based in Moscow and will focus on developing d&b sales in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) whilst also working closely with Aris Pro, d&b’s Russian distributor.
Amnon Harman, d&b Group CEO, comments: “The Eastern European region and in particular Russia are important markets for d&b audiotechnik. With Anna Kovyza, we are preparing for the next phase of growth in these markets. Anna’s appointment is part of our strategic growth plan to build strong teams across the globe and being close to our partners and customers with sales and service expertise by d&b.”
Australia - Stampede has announced the appointment of former Hills Limited AV national sales manager Nick Cocks, to serve as general manager of Exertis Australia ProAV, the new name of Stampede Australia that is making its debut at Integrate 2019 (27-29 August).
“Integrate 2019 marks the start of the next great chapter in the history of our company in Australia and southeast Asia with the rebranding of Stampede as Exertis, the global AV and IT distribution company that Stampede joined last year when it was acquired by DCC,” says Stampede president and CEO Kevin Kelly.
“With this rebranding, we send a clear message to the Australian and southeast Asian region that the combined resources, and commitment, of DCC and Exertis are now being put to work on behalf of our resellers and end user customers throughout the region. Under the leadership of Nick Cocks, our customers will now benefit from a loyal, strategic and focused sales leader who knows how to create solutions that meet every user need.”
According to Kelly, in addition to driving sales throughout the region, Cocks will lead the company’s expansion into “everything that is AV related.” As part of this initiative, Kelly announced that Exertis will be looking for new partners at Integrate 2019 from its show stand. “We’re looking for partners who share our vision of the future of a connected, experiential commercial AV industry,” he says.
USA - The ADJ Group of Companies has announced the appointment of Robert ‘Bob’ Mentele in the new position of vertical market manager with a particular focus on the worship, theatre, TV/broadcast and education markets.
Already a familiar face in the industry, Bob served as the lighting category manager at Full Compass Systems for the past six years. Previously, he was the rentals supervisor at Full Compass and technical director and lighting designer for The Armory Theatre in Janesville, Wisconsin.
“As we continue to grow within the theatrical, worship, broadcast and educational markets, we’re pleased to be welcoming Bob Mentele into our tightknit team in the new role of vertical market manager concentrating on these areas,” comments Toby Velazquez, president of the ADJ Group of Companies.
Following an initial period of induction, which is already underway at the company’s global headquarters in Los Angeles, Bob will work remotely from his home-based office in Madison, WI.
UK - Ambersphere Solutions has announced that Rob Beamer has joined the company as key account manager. Based in Liverpool, he will be representing the Ambersphere portfolio in the North of England.
Beamer has worked in theatre for 14 years before moving into sales 11 years ago, working for Stage Electrics and Sound Technology. He will make his Ambersphere exhibition debut at the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia).
“This is a new role created for Rob and will allow us to offer our northern clients a more attentive and personalised service,” says sales director Philip Norfolk. “Rob is professional, knowledgeable, calm and friendly, precisely what our clients appreciate. The whole Ambersphere team is delighted to have someone as exceptionally capable and good fun to join us”.
“I am really excited to have joined Ambersphere. It’s such a perfect fit for me,” Beamer comments. “Ambersphere is a service orientated lighting company who only offer the best products.”