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Xytech Systems Names Stefan Nied Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Managing Director of ScheduALL Following Brand Acquisition
Xytech Systems Names Stefan Nied Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Managing Director of ScheduALL Following Brand Acquisition
USA – Xytech, the leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media industries, has announced Stefan Nied has been named vice president and managing director of ScheduALL. This appointment follows the closing of Xytech’s acquisition of ScheduALL from Net Insight earlier this month. Nied’s appointment is effective immediately.
A veteran of ScheduALL, Nied previously left the company in September 2020 but returns under Xytech’s ownership, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of ScheduALL’s customers and product line. During his 23 years at ScheduALL, Nied served as vice president of services and customer success until the 2015 acquisition of ScheduALL by Net Insight, AB. He then served as senior director of global strategic accounts within the larger Net Insight corporate structure, continuing his leadership and key account management within the ScheduALL software business unit.
In his new role as vice president and managing director of ScheduALL, Nied will be responsible for the ScheduALL customer success and support teams throughout the ScheduALL-to-Xytech transition.
“Stefan and I worked together for 12 years when I was at ScheduALL and it’s a thrill to bring him into Xytech,” said Greg Dolan, CCO of Xytech. “With more than two decades of experience with the ScheduALL brand, he is the perfect person to seamlessly lead the ScheduALL-to-Xytech transition. Customer success is top-of-mind, and Stefan’s leadership skills will ensure a smooth and easy transition.”
“I’m very excited to join Xytech,” Nied said. “After spending most of my professional career with ScheduALL, I know the product inside and out, and I’m very familiar with the needs of our valuable clients. I look forward to continuing to provide them with the world-class service they deserve.”
Nied will be based at ScheduALL’s office in Hollywood, Florida, and report to Greg Dolan.
16th April 2021
Chauvet Professional Names Jean Lariviere Channel Relationship Manager
USA – Chauvet Professional has further strengthened its relationship to the lighting designer with the appointment of well-known industry figure, Jean Lariviere, as the company’s channel relationship manager for concert and touring/broadcast. Lariviere joins the company after serving for four years at Elation Professional in international business development and more than 25 years deeply embedded in the industry.
In his new position, Lariviere will be responsible for communicating directly with lighting designers and decision makers in the concert/touring and broadcast segments of the market.
“We view communication as a two-way street,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We not only want to talk to customers about what we do, we also want to provide an open door that makes it easy for them to tell us about issues they care about. This has always been important, but never more so than today, as we emerge from the pandemic.
“Jean’s extensive experience and communications skills make him ideally suited for this position,” said Chauvet. “We are happy to welcome him to our team.”
For his part, Lariviere shares this enthusiasm. “I am beyond excited to join Chauvet Professional,” he said. “Over the past six or seven years, the company’s presence has grown tremendously in the market, as it’s won over more and more customers and been in the forefront of new products and ideas. I am looking forward to building on this momentum and advancing the connection between Chauvet Professional and the members of this industry.”
Lariviere began in his new position on 1 April. He plans to be reaching out to designers and other members of the lighting community throughout the spring and summer.
8th April 2021
Matt Hallard joins Ayrton sales team
Europe – Ayrton has to announce the appointment of Matt Hallard (pictured) as the latest member of its expanding international sales team. Hallard takes up the position of regional sales manager for the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Malta, Greece, Slovenia and Turkey, with effect from 1 April 2021.
Hallard brings extensive experience of the lighting industry and the European market from a career that spans over 20 years. He first cut his industry teeth with an eight-year period as a production manager on cruise ships, after which Hallard returned to dry land in 2005 to launch a career as a specialist in European sales with some well-known moving light brands.
“This was an exciting time in the development of moving lights and I worked with, and learned from, some incredibly talented, hard-working individuals,” says Hallard. “That diversity of experience has served me well, and now it’s time to apply all that learning to my new mission as regional sales manager for Ayrton.”
Hallard is looking forward to working with the Ayrton team as the industry pushes through the global pandemic: “It’s truly a great honour to be joining the team. I have long held Ayrton in high regard as a vibrant company with excellence in execution and a clear, forward-thinking vision (much like the namesake the company was named after). I think that reflects in those who represent the Ayrton brand today. Both my new colleagues and the existing distribution network are some of the most talented people in this, our wonderful industry of light. Many of them I worked with over fifteen years ago so for me it really feels like I’m coming home.
“Ours is a fast-paced industry which I care deeply about; one that has experienced an incredibly difficult period of time but now has the opportunity to refocus, adapt and improve. This is an exciting time and I’m looking forward to playing my part in taking it forward.”
“We are very excited to have Matt on board,” says Ayrton’s global sales director, Michael Althaus. “The Ayrton team has worked hard to thrive during these difficult times, and we are ready to expand our team to allow us to focus even more on the opportunities out there. Energetic and knowledgeable people like Matt are part of our DNA and we are looking forward to working with him.”
6th April 2021
Benjamin Göldner Becomes General Manager of CHAINMASTER GmbH
Germany – CHAINMASTER has announced that Benjamin Göldner (pictured) will be joining it as general manager from 1 May and will be responsible for the entire operational business at the company's site in Eilenburg. His focus will be on the co-operation with his colleagues. "TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More – a motto that will always guide me in my new challenges," says Göldner, looking forward to his new position at CHAINMASTER.
Benjamin Göldner, who studied industrial engineering, has been part of the LIFTKET Group since October 2017. As purchasing manager of LIFTKET Hoffmann GmbH, he was already able to contribute his entrepreneurial thinking and know-how to the success of the company. His foresight across a wide range of processes and departments in the company, a pronounced affinity for sales and his strong communication skills, he will be using with great commitment in the future as general manager at CHAINMASTER to further strengthen the company in the international market.
Jürgen Dlugi, CEO of LIFTKET Hoffmann GmbH, and Thomas Birke, CEO of CHAINMASTER GmbH, are very happy about Benjamin's management support. "As an enthusiastic footballer, Benjamin Göldner is a real team player and will enrich the team of 30 employees in Eilenburg with his dynamism and bring it further forward."
Since the market launch of CHAINMASTER products in 1994, the medium-sized, Saxon-based company has developed into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hoist technology in the event industry and offers a comprehensive range of products for all requirements from set-up operations to complex scenic movements to complete automation of performances. National and international projects are accompanied individually from planning to implementation through to user training. The worldwide network of CHAINMASTER consulting offices, commercial partners and trained service companies guarantees comprehensive after-sales service. CHAINMASTER now exports to 55 countries worldwide. The company’s references include projects such as the new Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg, the Louvre in Lens, the Stockholm Opera, the Almaty Ice Arena, the Kremlin State Palace, the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and the Helmut List Hall in Graz.
22nd March 2021
ROE Visual Announces New Role for Company Founder
China – ROE Visual has announced that its founder, Jason Lu (pictured), steps up to a new position in the Unilumin group, taking on an advisory role as president for ROE Visual and member of the board.
After completing the ROE Visual management team's transition of responsibilities, Jason Lu is ready to step up to a new role within the wider Unilumin group. As president for ROE Visual and a member of the board of directors for Unilumin, Jason will keep an active part in rolling out strategic plans and product development.
As Jason Lu states: "It's with pride and confidence that I can leave the day-to-day business to a solid and experienced team and can focus on matters that are close to my heart, such as product development and strategy. I'm proud of the company's achievements over the years of its existence and thankful to have been able to layout the basis for its current success and foundation for a bright future."
In 2006, and just out of college, Jason Lu started Radiant Opto Electronic Technology in Shenzhen, now named ROE Visual. At that time, Jason did not have a specific vision for the company, but he understood that he needed to offer something different and worked hard on achieving that in these first years.
Sales director Grace Kuo divides the company history into three phases. "The first four years were about survival but also learning and gathering experience. The second phase was about internalising what was learned. 2012 would be a year of transformation." The third phase started when in 2012, ROE Visual introduced the Magic Cube series with a complete touring frame and dolly. The Magic Cube panels were hugely successful and opened the touring market for the company.
This product launch marked the start of ROE Visuals' continued success. Listening to clients, supporting partners, and seeing opportunities is the foundation for the companies sustainable and steady growth. The companies R&D team has adopted Jason's passion for pursuing excellent performance and total commitment to solution-based thinking. It has translated into offering committed service and support and the launch of more innovative products.
"Working with our customers and partners over the years, I appreciate their continued trust and loyalty, establishing friendships out of business relations," Jason continues. "It's with great assurance and trust in our globally located teams that I retreat from daily business and leave them to conduct business, maintain our clients and partner relationships, and drive the company's success forward."
Chen Zhu, previously COO of ROE Visual China, has now been given the role of CEO, while both Frank Montero and Roelof Bouwman continue to lead the US and EU sales offices.
18th March 2021
Void Acoustics expands marketing team
UK – The Void Acoustics team has announced the expansion of their marketing team with the addition of Sacha Hodges as marketing assistant. Sacha, an audio engineer, joins Amy Harvey who has recently been promoted to marketing manager.
Sacha’s background positions her perfectly for fulfilling the role and she is enthusiastic about getting her teeth into a variety of diverse projects currently underway at Void Acoustics. She is a singer-songwriter and recently graduated from dBs Music – the Sound and Music Institute in Bristol with a degree in audio production and sound engineering.
“My passion for music and sonics was nurtured from an early age, as I grew up in a musical household with my parents introducing me to an eclectic and diverse musical range. This helped develop my love of singing and I have been a vocalist and songwriter for nearly five years. So it was a natural decision to go down the audio route with my studies,” she explains.
Sacha’s views on the impact of audio are closely aligned with the founding principles of the Void Acoustics brand. “I’m intrigued by the feelings and reactions which music can stimulate when you listen to high quality audio,” she smiles.
Sacha’s role will be focused on the continuing development and expansion of Void Acoustics’ audience and customer base, increasing a greater brand awareness and global recognition for the company. “I understand that Void has an incredible foothold in the underground music scene but we are also dedicated to expanding the brand into other market sectors, including the commercial audio sector. And I will be working with the team using all marketing tools at our disposal including of course, the myriad of social media platforms which are now available,” she expands.
Sacha is very aware of her privileged position, being able to move into the industry she loves with a strong foundation in audio engineering, whilst expanding her marketing understanding. “This is a huge motivation for me, and I really appreciate being able to work alongside some inspirational people at Void who are prepared to share their knowledge with me as I begin my career in the industry. Ultimately, I’m really keen to help other young female audio engineers like me, who aspire to work in the audio industry. Being able to continue my passion for audio and sonics from childhood, through to my studies and now my career really is a dream come true.”
And she sums up: “As soon as it is safe to do so, I can’t wait to meet all the amazing customers who form such an important part of the Void family and to work in close collaboration with them to enhance our position in the marketplace!”
10th March 2021
3LR Lighting Appoints Christina Nowak
UK – 3LR, UK and Ireland representative for leading international manufacturers of architectural, film, entertainment and broadcast lighting and control, has appointed Christina Nowak as film and studio liaison. Marketing graduate Christina has accrued wide experience of business development in the film technology and production sector, working with leading brands including Red Digital Cinema, Ncam Technologies and G-Technology. Her work has seen her become a trusted figure across the industry, with a strong network of contacts, including acclaimed industry creatives, influencers, industry partners and societies.
Matthew Lloyd, managing director of 3LR is pleased with the addition of another formidable talent to his team: “Christina will act in a consultancy role for 3LR, developing relationships and raising awareness amongst the film production community of the brands and products we represent. She combines an acute understanding of technologies and their applications with the communications skills essential for developing new business opportunities. Christina’s track record of success is impressive, and demonstrates that she has a ready grasp of the culture of this unique sector. We’re delighted to have added someone with her extensive skill set and reputation to the team.”
3LR recently took responsibility for representing leading US manufacturer ETC’s broadcast, film and TV range of lighting and control, including its cutting edge fos/4 range of LED Panel
lights and Fresnels. Introducing that product’s advantages to the film production sector will be Christina’s initial responsibility for 3LR. She is looking forward to the challenge: “I’ve enjoyed success in the industry through relationship and community driven roles, and I’m looking forward to connecting 3LR’s brands with an audience who will truly benefit and appreciate their unique and specialised features. My knowledge and experience of visual and creative exploration, product applications and wider operations of film production has provided me with many valuable insights. Those insights, in combination with years of dedication and support to a wide constituency of industry professionals, are vital to organic conversations that lead to meaningful engagement and adoption of new creative tools and applications that better serve the industry and the production process. The brands that 3LR represent, as evidenced for example by ETC’s fos/4 range, can deliver great benefits to film production, it will be my duty and homage to share those on behalf of 3LR, and on behalf of the film making community.”
Founded by Matthew Lloyd in July 2019, 3LR operates a US style ‘rep’ agency on behalf of a range of market-leading brands, including ETC, Rosco, Griven, Radiant, Delectra, SIRS-E and design-360.
2nd March 2021
Graham Hill Joins Elation as Business Development Manager
Europe – Elation Professional’s European headquarters has announced that from 1st March long time lighting professional Graham Hill will be serving as the company’s new business development manager.
Graham is a familiar face to many in the industry, having developed a wealth of relationships over his many years in the entertainment lighting and electrical industries, including years as a key customer of Elation.
Graham brings decades of valuable lighting experience to the position and comes to Elation from a position as VP of business development at 4Wall Entertainment, where he developed and maintained customer relationships in Europe and the United Kingdom. He is perhaps best known for his many years as company director of Static Light Company, the London-based supplier of lighting solutions for exhibitions, corporate events, and motor-shows.
Graham’s new role at Elation encompasses building collaborative relationships across the industry internationally, including working closely with lighting designers while communicating market insight to the Elation product team. He states: “This year is the tenth anniversary of my relationship with the Elation team globally. My experience with Elation products and support has always been second to none, from the smallest to the largest clients. Over those years, supporting the most creative and demanding of clients meant that Elation was often asked to create specific products to suit the needs of an industry sector. They did not disappoint and some of those products are still in the range today.
“The very exciting role I am proud to take up will be to continue that legacy of client support internationally for the well-established Elation products. I firmly believe that with the award-winning product families that have launched over the past few years such as the Artiste, Proteus and Fuze ranges, as well as the additions of Obsidian Control Systems and Magmatic effects to the portfolio, it is now by far the most innovative and creative on offer to the industry.”
Graham has worn many hats over the years from operational management to directorship and brings a wide spectrum of competencies and strong market knowledge with him to support Elation customers. He has experience managing all aspects of business, including building networks and partnerships to co-ordinate and facilitate projects anywhere in the world. He has supported some of the world's leading design agencies, and worked on projects and collaborated directly with partners around the globe.
“We have known and worked with Graham for quite a long time and are delighted that he is finally a full-fledged member of the Elation family,” stated Marc Librecht, sales and marketing manager at Elation Europe. “We’ve worked very close with him over the years and our collaboration with him as a customer has always been great. He has always felt a part of the Elation team and we are happy to have such an experienced professional on board who truly believes in our products and the people behind them.”
2nd March 2021
David Bissett-Powell leaves Void Acoustics
Having guided Void through four years of profitable growth and structural change followed by a profitable 'Covid' year, David Bissett-Powell has stepped down as chairman of Void Acoustics.
Alex Skan, co-founder and managing director of Void Acoustics has made a statement on behalf of the company: “We are extremely sorry to lose David as our non-exec chair. Over the past four and a half years David has brought tremendous opportunities to us all in the company, and shared with us his wealth of expertise and knowledge of the audio sector. The company has benefited from David’s guidance and unending enthusiasm for Void Acoustics. We will be forever grateful for the input he has given and owe David a huge debt of gratitude for all his energy and encouragement. He will be sorely missed by the Void family across the globe.”
24th February 2021
Neutrik UK appointments David Morbey to new product marketing role
UK – Neutrik UK has announced the appointment of David Morbey to the newly created position of product marketing manager, creating a full marketing role at management level for the first time within the company.
Morbey brings more than 22 years experience of pro-audio product marketing, across a wide range of sectors and applications to the new position. He comes to Neutrik having held UK, European and international marketing and product management roles with leading industry brands, including Allen & Heath, Denon Pro, Marantz Pro, Rane Contractor and Martin Audio, and across DJ, live sound, commercial AV, Custom Install and broadcast installation applications.
Commenting on the appointment, managing director Mark Perrins states: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to appoint David to this key strategic role within Neutrik UK and I am personally delighted to be working with him once again,” Perrins previously worked with Morbey for a number of years during his tenure as general manager at D&M Professional.
"He brings a level of understanding which bridges applications, customers and technology, allowing us to focus our message and more effectively feedback our customers’ requirements,” continues Perrins. "He will be an asset to the team and add value to our already strong sales department.”
“I am truly excited to be joining a talented team at Neutrik UK,” says Morbey. “Neutrik has a long history as a market leader and innovator in the field of connectivity, and I am looking forward to helping shape brand strategy and sales growth in new and non traditional market sectors for the company’s expanding range of connectivity solutions.”