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d&b audiotechnik appoints Christian Orcin to drive strategic growth at d&b Spain
Spain – Christian Orcin joins d&b as the new managing director of d&b audiotechnik Spain, effective 6th March 2019. 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 says: “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.”
Orcin joins a team already well respected for its education and application support (EAS) department, and highly valued service programme.
An electroacoustic engineer, Orcin has spent the last twenty 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. He has an MBA, a degree in industrial electronic engineering and speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and French.
Phill Coe, d&b EMEA territory manager says: “Spain has always been an important market for d&b, which is why we established a subsidiary there in 2011. Today, not only is our mobile and installation business growing in Spain, the influence of local specifiers and integrators is also increasing internationally, and this is something we intend to take full advantage of. We have great confidence that Christian is the right person to lead d&b Spain into this significant period of growth.”
19th March 2019
ISCE appoints Helen Goddard FInstSCE as new President
UK – At last week’s AGM of the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) Helen Goddard FInstSCE, managing director for AMS Acoustics, was appointed as the new president, for a term of three years, taking over from Phil Price FInstSCE, while Gareth Collyer AMInstSCE 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.
Helen 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,” continues Goddard.
“My aim is be an approachable in my role as president. 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,” summarises Goddard.
19th March 2019
International Theatre Consultancy Theatreplan Expands its Team with Three New Specialists
UK – Leading international theatre consultancy, Theatreplan, has strengthened its growing team with its three most recent 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. Wasser also worked on the regeneration of Tara Theatre, where she first collaborated with Theatreplan. She said: “I felt the results of the collaboration at Tara Theatre were inspirational. I am excited at the prospect of bringing an architect’s perspective to more of Theatreplan’s projects.” In her new role, Wasser will focus on theatre planning, auditorium and seating design, and interior design schemes.
Newly appointed consultant, Joel Hauxwell, arrives at Theatreplan with 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. Hauxwell began his career as a transmission controller for Christian Channel Europe, later moving to Total Audio Solutions where he was a systems manager, delivering installations for TV studios. His own company, Bigin.tv, supplied bespoke hardware and systems to the broadcast industry, and also set up new studios for News UK. He said: “I am keen to bring a broadcasting perspective to live venues, helping theatre managements build-in sustainable options for the future. I’ll also be focusing on helping them prepare for rapid, on-going developments in technology.”
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. Based within the BIM department, he is involved in architectural design and providing solutions for, and managing shared models, within the BIM workflow. He has had an abiding interest in public, and particularly cultural, buildings.
A growing portfolio of projects worldwide has triggered the company’s most recent investment in staffing. The newcomers’ skills and experience will complement those of the existing team, adding strength and depth to the London office, and allowing the company to offer the broadest range of services to the sector.
Director, Roger Fox said: “These recent appointments add significantly to Theatreplan’s knowledge base allowing us offer an even more comprehensive service to our worldwide clients.”
In picture: Joel Hauxwell, Anniek Wasser and Carlos González Martín.
19th March 2019
Stage Electrics Appoint National Sales Manager
UK – Paul Roughton has been appointed as national sales manager for Stage Electrics. Previously, regional sales manager for London and the south east, Paul has been with Stage Electrics for 13 years.
Working for Stage Electrics’ sales director, Anna Western, Paul is responsible for communicating new product developments with prospective clients, whilst offering one to one sales advice and product demo’s to both existing and potential customers and line managing some of our ever-growing team of 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,” commented Anna. “Paul, with his extensive experience and thorough understanding of our operation, was the perfect candidate for the role.”
She continued: “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.”
“This was the next step in my natural progression with the company,” stated Paul, “this is an exciting opportunity for me and Stage Electrics, I am looking forward to the next chapter.”
15th March 2019
Allen & Heath Appoints Jamie Ward as Sales Director APAC
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 key 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. Jamie’s enthusiasm for the business of pro audio is infectious and I know that he is looking forward to working with all our partners to continue to build on the strong successes we have seen in the region to date.”
14th March 2019
Meyer Sound Continues Expansion with New Hires and Promotions
USA – Reflecting a rising global demand for the company’s products and services, 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 comes to Meyer Sound with a wealth of experience in the high technology and entertainment sectors, having held prior senior marketing positions at THX Ltd., LucasArts, CNET and AOL Time Warner. He is based at Meyer Sound’s Berkeley headquarters campus.
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 will focus on the vertical market in his job title. Gille brings to his new role exceptional depth of experience and skills in AV system design and operation as well as technical team management in the HOW environment. Gille has held key 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 mid-west. 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.
Filling a similar position is Rich Hyland, newly appointed as regional sales engineer, southern California. Hyland will work with Meyer Sound’s western US sales manager to focus efforts in this vitally important centre for the entertainment industry. Hyland comes to Meyer Sound from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts where he served as sound department manager overseeing production and post production equipment and facilities. Other prior experience includes creative and technical positions at Geffen Records and Capitol Records.
“Once again I am gratified at the high level of talent we’ve been able to attract as we continue to grow,” says Meyer Sound executive vice president Helen Meyer. “People have always been at the core of our success since John and I started the company 40 years ago.”
13th March 2019
Matt Lloyd Leaves GDS
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 popular 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.
Matt Lloyd is clearly excited about the future: “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, fostering enterprise and helping to achieve great commercial success.”
12th March 2019
Grant Smith Joins Robe UK
UK – Grant Smith joins the Robe UK team as sales manager for the north east of England, a territory covering from Manchester to the east coast and from the Scottish borders down to the midlands, a large and diverse area in which he can work his magic.
Based in the vibrant and ideally positioned urban hub of Leeds, Grant will be on the road much of the time getting out, about and among Robe’s current and future contacts, customers, end-users and fans, seeing and appreciating their work first hand, cementing existing relationships and making new ones.
He will be complimenting the already very proactive work of Robe’s Ian W Brown, Bill Jones and Ashley Lewis, and Robe UK MD Mick Hannaford is delighted to have him on board.
Grant 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.
A chance meeting with a production manager in 1998 led to a job with Jon Bray at Summit Steel for a couple of years, and he also worked for award winning lighting rental Neg Earth for 18 months, before moving to AC Lighting where he remained for nearly 17 years.
After this long stint in one place, it was time for a change! Grant also wanted to be out and about at the sharp end of the action rather than being office based, so the Robe opportunity presented itself at a great time.
Having been a Robe customer for many years, he’d also visited the factory in the Czech Republic and been suitably impressed by the company and set up. “Everything about Robe’s ethics and ethos made it an easy decision” he stated enthusiastically.
He’s looking forward to championing the work of his customers outside London and in the provinces and ensuring that more attention is given to their innovation and endeavours. “The industry is not just based in London, and there are many talented companies and individuals locally who provide fantastic products, services and events all over the country and particularly in ‘The North’,” he explained.
He thinks Robe is: “A high performance, reliable and popular choice for long term lighting investments and there’s a lot of positive energy surrounding the brand.”
Having cut his teeth on site and up trusses and structures on the festival front lines and working for busy rental operations, Grant has the empathy and a real understanding of the pressures and realities of entertainment technology and technical production, and these qualities make him a perfect pick for Robe.
He’s not going to have a lot of spare time in the new role, but when it does materialise Grant enjoys cooking, hiking with his partner and Jack Russell terrier, reading and sport. He’s completed several half marathons and 10k runs for charity.
6th March 2019
Green Hippo appoints David March as Head of Sales and Marketing
UK – Green Hippo has announced the appointment of David March as head of sales and marketing. Effective 25th February March’s appointment comes at a time when the leading developer and manufacturer of media servers, renowned for its flagship Hippotizer product line, looks to continue to build on its 2018 acquisition by tvONE-owning Spitfire Creative Technologies, by growing further and faster. 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 and 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," said David.
"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," added Emma.
28th February 2019
Martin by Harman UK distributor, Sound Technology Ltd, expands Professional Lighting team with appointment of Darren Jackson and Ferenc Vacha
UK - ound Technology Ltd, 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.
Darren 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 such an amazing team at Sound Technology and to be representing such a world famous and high profile brand as Martin is really an honour. Martin has been a market leading and innovative lighting manufacturer for many years, having massively changed the lighting industry with what has become industry standard lighting,” said Darren. “With more in the pipeline, it’s a very exciting period and I am very much looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Ferenc joins from Lightworks Architectural where he worked on office, retail, art and 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 world-leading Martin Professional dynamic architectural lighting solutions," said Ferenc.