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POLAR appoints Adrian Hamilton
Ireland – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, has appointed Adrian Hamilton to the post of business development manager for Ireland. Having studied electronic engineering, Adrian moved into IT before combining his fields of expertise to forge an impressive 25 year career in AVIT. He possesses a wealth of international experience across the sector, having developed his career in South Africa before moving via Dubai to Singapore, where he spent seven years as technical manager for AMX by HARMAN. Based near Dublin, Adrian offers POLAR a formidable set of technical skills, combined with experience of leadership in senior management positions.
Stuart Leader, director of POLAR Integrated Solutions is pleased to have secured the services of another exceptional individual: “Adrian is an outstanding professional who has enjoyed a truly global career. His technical expertise is unquestionable and he complements this with a highly dynamic approach to business. We already had an established base of business activity in Ireland but we wanted to develop further the opportunities available to us and recognised that in-region, local support was essential. It would be almost impossible to find a better fit for this position. With great communication skills and an instinctive feel and vision for integrated solutions, Adrian is perfectly equipped to pro-actively develop and strengthen POLAR’s business in the region.”
Adrian Hamilton comments: “AVIT is my passion and I’ve been immersed in the industry at every level, across multiple continents for more than 25 years. After returning to my ancestral roots here in Ireland, I was looking to take on a new challenge that would make demands upon every area of my experience. My particular strengths lie in audio visual control and integrated systems, so given POLAR’s evolution from its roots in specialised audio, to its current position as a major distributor of AV and AVIT products and services, there is a clear synergy at work in my joining the team. I’m very much looking to expanding POLAR’s reach in Ireland and supporting our customers in the delivery of imaginative, efficient, cutting edge solutions.”
16th January 2019
Martin Audio Announces Case Kuehn as President of Martin Audio North America
USA – Martin Audio has announced that with immediate effect, Case Kuehn (pictured) has joined the company as president of Martin Audio North America LLC.
Martin Audio’s management buy-out in June 2018 meant that the North American operation took on additional local responsibility that had been handled by the previous company owners.
Martin Audio’s managing director, Dom Harter takes on the story. “With sales in the US booming, it became quickly apparent that we needed a structure in North America to support the growth plan. This structure needed to allow the sales team headed by Lee Stein to focus upon sales and customer management while bringing in a president that could manage the day to day business strategy and core operational functions. I’m delighted that Case has accepted the role as he is both extremely capable and has a deep understanding of our company and philosophy that means the managed growth of our business there can flourish.
“Case has a very broad set of functional management experience from board of directors, general management, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, purchasing and operations and he pursues business interests with an ethical principle that enables strong relationships to develop.”
Case Kuehn added: “I’m naturally delighted to be joining Martin Audio. I’ve seen the growth path over the last couple of years and the further lease of life that the management buyout has enabled for Dom and the rest of the team. It’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to get going!”
10th January 2019
PLASA announces changes to its Board
UK – PLASA has announced the latest changes to its board, which sees Koy Neminathan join as the manufacturer’s representative and Matt Lloyd appointed as vice-chair. These changes were voted for by PLASA manufacturer members and board members respectively, and the terms began at the beginning of 2019.
Koy Neminathan, the sales director for Avolites, will represent the best interests of manufacturers from all sectors. His experience of working at all levels within a major brand provides him with the practical skills and in-depth knowledge to ensure that manufacturers are supported and understood on a wide range of issues. He says: “PLASA has the strength and power to assist manufacturers, allowing them to grow in every aspect. I look forward to being a part of that by building new and long lasting relationships with manufacturers and communicating their concerns back to the association.”
Former manufacturer’s representative and well-known industry figure, Matt Lloyd has moved to the role of vice-chair. Lloyd’s expertise come from his vast experience within the industry which includes being the co-founder of GDS. Meanwhile, previous vice-chair, Martin Hawthorn is stepping down after ten years of serving with the board but will continue to work closely with PLASA across the association’s activities and events.
Elsewhere on the PLASA Board, Dave Crump, president of Creative Technology has been re-elected as rental and production representative, and all other members remain in their current positions.
PLASA is the leading membership body for the live entertainment technology industry which champions its members and the wider industry through annual trade shows, market-leading publications, and by campaigning on issues of concern.
Each Board member helps to steer the association forward with their collective industry insight and personal skillsets. The board meets regularly to discuss and act upon crucial issues affecting both PLASA and the global industry.
9th January 2019
Arun Kumar to spearhead Genelec growth in Asia and Middle East
Asia and Middle East – Genelec is set to greatly expand its presence within the flourishing AV and home audio markets of Asia and the Middle East, following the high-profile appointment of Arun Kumar to the post of regional business manager.
A highly respected audio industry veteran whose depth of experience stretches back more than 20 years, Kumar has already played a key role in the development of markets in the region. He is perhaps best known for the many years he spent successfully establishing and driving one of the subcontinent’s leading systems integration companies, eventually growing his team to more than 70 people. Later, he assumed responsibility for sales, marketing and operations for the Bose brand across the entire SAARC region.
Drawing on his expansive network of contacts and unique understanding of the market, Kumar will build on Genelec’s already robust regional reputation to expand the customer relationship network within the fast-rising quality AV and home audio segments. Reporting directly to sales director Ole Jensen, he will be based in Delhi, while his work will complement that of long-standing sales and support engineer Clifford Pereira, who will continue to build Genelec’s studio business in India and beyond.
“Few members of our industry possess the level of knowledge, experience and commitment that Arun brings to his work and I fully expect him to create great opportunities for Genelec,” commented Ole Jensen. “Asia and the Middle East are both extremely important markets for Genelec, in India alone the potential is huge. Arun will play a key role as we continue our efforts to develop our share of the international AV and home audio sectors.”
“We are delighted to welcome Arun to the Genelec family,” added Genelec managing director, Siamäk Naghian. “During his career, Arun has developed a remarkable affinity for his customers, he knows their requirements and he understands the challenges that they face. He shares many of the values that we at Genelec hold dear, and I look forward to many successful years together.”
9th January 2019
L-Acoustics Reinforces Product Management and Application Touring Teams
USA – Providing robust, location-based application support to certified providers and end users has always been central to L-Acoustics ambition to serve international touring markets. Since 2010, in his role as head of US touring support, Scott Sugden has contributed substantially to the success of L-Acoustics touring markets in North America. Sugden’s expertise and the deep relationships that he has forged throughout the industry over the years will constitute an asset as he assumes the position of product manager, reporting to Jeff Rocha, director, product management.
“Scott is an outstanding individual who demonstrates a rare combination of both technical acumen and great communication skills, with a keen focus on the user experience, making him the ideal candidate to fill the key cross-functional role of product manager,” comments Rocha. “As a member of the L-Acoustics product management team, Scott will accompany the new product development process by liaising with key stakeholders across geographies and company functions to help L-Acoustics identify, capitalise upon, and communicate new product opportunities.”
Effective immediately, recent hire Marcus Ross assumes the role of head of application, touring, USA & Canada, reporting to Florent Bernard, director of application, touring. Based in L-Acoustics North America headquarters in Westlake Village, CA, Ross will lead application support for all rental production projects in USA and Canada.
As an expert user and ambassador of L-Acoustics technologies, Ross actively contributes to growing the brand by interfacing with key clients and accounts on an ongoing basis in tandem with his business counterparts. Ross additionally provides high-level assistance on major projects and events including sound design and on-site support. These interactions extend to areas of strategic importance for L-Acoustics such as furthering awareness and deployment of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound and overseeing new developments in the theatre market.
In welcoming Ross to the application, touring team, Florent Bernard comments: “Marcus brings tremendous technical proficiency and an encyclopedic mastery of the audio chain and its interworking parts at every stage of production, from sound design to show time. A rich international touring and theatrical background, as well as immersive themed entertainment, includes The Blue Man Group, Billy Elliott, The Producers, Spamalot, Rent, Van Halen, Slayer, The Black Crowes, Porno for Pyros, and Meatloaf, among others.”
Laurent Vaissié, L-Acoustics CEO, USA & Canada, adds: “Marcus’s proven leadership skills and understanding of the full signal chain from mixing to amplification, networking and sound reinforcement will be a tremendous resource for our rental network and end users.”
Also new to the US & Canada touring team, Vic Wagner, application engineer, touring comes to L-Acoustics as one of the top system engineers in the world and certified KSE (K System Engineer), having deployed systems for Sound Image over the past decade on some of the most prominent L-Acoustics tours and festivals including Maroon 5, Santana, Sia, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Zac Brown Band, Linkin Park, Kid Rock, CMA Fest, and Taylor Swift.
Wagner is also passionate about training and education and will be spearheading these efforts in North America. Vic has relocated to the Los Angeles area and works alongside Marcus via the L-Acoustics Westlake Village office.
“Vic has been one of our top KSE for the past decade while at Sound Image, winning high praise from tours and festivals all over North America,” says Vaissié. “After a decade spent on the road mastering all aspects of high-end touring system deployment, we are extremely fortunate that Vic chose L-Acoustics for the next step in his career.”
Florent Bernard concludes: “Vic will be a remarkable asset for our production and touring network and, alongside Dan Bowers and Marcus Ross, completes what is arguably the strongest touring and rental application team in the industry today.”
4th January 2019
DPA Microphones Appoints Thomas Frederiksen as Vice President of Sales for the APAC Region
Hong Kong – DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of Thomas Frederiksen as its new vice president of sales for the APAC region.
As a Danish national with extensive experience of living and working in the Far East, Frederiksen is ideally placed to head up DPA’s regional office in Hong Kong, which was opened in 2013 to support the company’s sales partners throughout Asia.
Commenting on his appointment, DPA’s CEO Kalle Hidvt Nielsen says: “I am very pleased to have Thomas on board. APAC is a very important region for DPA. I know that, with his strong background in the pro audio market and his extensive experience in Asia, and in particular Japan, he will help drive the APAC team to develop even closer links with our distributors, dealers and customers across the region.”
A fluent Japanese speaker and formerly managing director of Shure Japan, Frederiksen is already a familiar face to many in the live sound, installation and pro audio industries. Throughout his career he has held senior sales and management positions for a range of high profile companies, including a four year tenure at Brüel & Kjær, the company that was the forerunner of DPA microphones.
“I am delighted to be joining DPA at such an exciting point in its history and I am looking forward to working for a company with such a strong range of high end products across so many different markets,” Frederiksen says. “Personally, I see this as an exciting challenge because it will allow me to learn about sectors such as theatre and broadcast that are new to me. However, I am also confident that my knowledge of the Asian market will significantly benefit DPA and help the company consolidate the success it is already having in the region.”
Thomas Frederiksen will take up his new role from 1st January and will be supported by DPA’s existing Hong Kong-based sales staff.
4th January 2019
POLAR appoints Andrew Plunkett
UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, has announced the appointment of Andrew Plunkett to the post of business development manager for public address/voice alarm. A highly experienced industry professional, Andrew joins POLAR after 15 years at TG Baker where he gained wide-ranging and significant experience in the design and distribution of public address, voice reinforcement and voice evacuation equipment.
An experienced project manager, Andrew has worked across diverse markets including industrial, leisure, education and most recently, on large-scale stadium installations and joins POLAR to develop this area of its business. As well as liaising with new and existing customers, Andrew’s system design expertise will help introduce the commercial ranges in POLAR’s portfolio to organisations whose core business is not necessarily focused on audio installation alone.
Stuart Leader, director of POLAR Integrated Solutions welcomes Andrew’s appointment: “It’s clear that Andrew’s know-how in this field mark him out as an excellent asset to POLAR. We continue to grow our business and expand a formidable range of expertise across our team, enabling us to provide the very highest levels of support to our customers. Andrew possesses a thorough understanding of the industry and brings vast experience of designing systems for every scale and complexity of application. He’s an outstanding professional and we’re delighted to have him as part of our team.”
Andrew Plunkett adds: “I have always admired POLAR as an organisation. It has a superbly supported stable of quality commercial audio brands and I’m looking forward to introducing these to new markets, as well as helping POLAR’s existing partners to confidently execute projects that draw on my area of expertise. It’s so encouraging to have such a rich core product-palette from which to support a full range of commercial audio solutions, from small-scale public address and background music, to large scale distributed systems. I’m particularly excited about introducing customers to the POLAR range of products, including the powerful Vocia platform from BIAMP, which delivers high-end, networked public address and voice alarm solutions with really integrator-friendly implementation.”
12th December 2018
Rupert Neve Designs Appoints Tim Hurrell as European Sales Manager
Europe – As Rupert Neve’s Designs’ portfolio of recording products continues to expand into Live Sound and hi-fi markets, the company is pleased to announce the enhancement of European business support through the appointment of Tim Hurrell and his company Sound Communications Ltd to act as European sales manager for Rupert Neve Designs.
From Josh Thomas, general manager and co-founder of Rupert Neve Designs: “We are immensely lucky and proud to bring on Tim Hurrell as our European sales manager. As the company continues to grow, we needed to find someone to support us further in the European markets, and Tim’s extensive experience makes him the ideal partner.”
Tim Hurrell comments: “The Rupert Neve name is synonymous with professional audio products, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help Josh and the team grow their presence in Europe. Having spent my career in the pro audio industry as a reseller, running Avid’s pro audio business and co-founding a professional audio-specific marketplace, I look forward to working with Rupert Neve Designs’ great network of European resellers and customers as we expand the business.”
12th December 2018
A High End team for ETC
UK and Germany – ETC Ltd and ETC GmbH have announced three new employees in their continued effort to grow a dedicated team to evolve the High End Systems brand. Tania Lesage has been appointed as High End Systems brand manager, Markus Farncombe-Fischer as regional sales manager with Konstantinos Vonofakidis as field project co-ordinator.
In his new position, Konstantinos will be responsible for High End Systems projects in the southern European, African, Middle Eastern and Indian territories. He will manage sales arrangements for key accounts in these regions and work in co-operation with distributors and dealers.
Konstantinos joins ETC following a role as international sales manager for the High End Systems brand at AED group. He worked there for three and a half years and during this time managed sales and concentrated on developing the dealer network in Southern Europe, Russia, Turkey and Africa.
After completing his studies in electrical engineering, Konstantinos began his career as a service engineer working on the High End Systems account for ten years. Following this, he was responsible for large scale lighting projects including the Bahrain National Theatre, Onassis Cultural Centre, and National Theatre of Greece.
Tania joins ETC as a brand manager for High End Systems. She previously worked for AED Group on the High End Systems account and brings years of experience working with High End to the newly created position at ETC. Her role will involve working closely with product managers to oversee successful product releases and market introductions in our EMEA sales territories. As the key contact for providing marketing support to end users and dealers, Tania will cover several key regions including Russia, Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Tania began working on the High End Systems account whilst living in China and working as an account manager at Barco. Following this, she moved back to Europe and took up the role as business manager for the Nordics and western European countries on High End Systems. Based in Belgium, she will be working closely with ETC’s Holzkirchen and London offices.
As regional sales manager for High End Systems, Markus’s role looks after the sales territories of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, eastern Europe, Russia and CIS countries.
Markus joined ETC GmbH in 2008 after having worked as a freelance console expert for the company. He has a background in lighting design and programming and technical production management.
ETC welcomes Konstantinos, Tania and Markus to the team. Their wealth of expertise and knowledge to the High End Systems brand, makes them valuable additions to the company as its range of products and services grows. The newly complete team are sure to deliver great results in their EMEA sales regions and will continue driving the business forward.
10th December 2018
Bandit Promotes Sarah Eucker to Shop Supervisor
USA – has announced the promotion of Sarah Eucker to shop supervisor. Eucker will be responsible for co-ordinating the many prep and deprep areas at Bandit’s Nashville shop.
Eucker earned a degree in theatre design from Bowling Green State University. While in school, she worked for a local production company before starting her touring career. She arrived at Bandit nearly nine years ago when the band she toured with changed vendors, and during her tenure here, she proved herself invaluable on many productions including Keith Urban, Barry Manilow, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and the Grateful Dead.
As shop supervisor, she’ll take her knowledge of life on the road and the importance of preproduction to overseeing the logistics of prepping and de-prepping multiple productions.
“Sarah is a get-it-done type and has proven it with over a decade of doing gigs,” shared Bandit Lites General Manager Mark Steinwachs. “She has the ability to work with both experienced and novice crew to get things accomplished in the shop and keep everyone moving in the direction they need to go.”
“Since day one, I knew Bandit was the place I wanted to stay,” said Eucker. “It is a big company with a small company sense of community, and I’ve always enjoyed feeling like an important part of the team; I’m excited to grow along with Bandit in my new role.”