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Renkus-Heinz Promotes DeFranco to Engineering Manager
USA – Renkus-Heinz has announced that Chad DeFranco has been promoted to the position of engineering manager. DeFranco joined the company in September 2018 as a loudspeaker systems engineer.
DeFranco grew up in the audio industry, mixing front of house and working with sound systems since he was 11 years old. He started engineering at Panama Beach, Florida's, famed Club LaVela-the largest nightclub in the US, with a capacity of 6,000-at the age of 15 and continued there for 15 years. DeFranco went on to found DeFranco Productions, where he designed and installed sound-reinforcement and lighting systems, mixed front of house and monitors for major artists, designed custom sound systems for recording studios and home theatres, and served as a system engineer, master electrician, and consultant. He also has served as an audio system and acoustic engineer at Pure Groove Systems.
"From the day he joined the company, Chad has been a tremendous asset," praises Renkus-Heinz senior vice president Ralph Heinz. "It says a lot that it just took him a year to go from being a staff engineer to Engineering Manager. We have great confidence in his ability to help lead our Engineering department as we continue to innovate and develop the finest loudspeakers in the world."
"I welcome the responsibility of managing Renkus-Heinz' engineering department," DeFranco responds. "This is a legendary company where nothing less than excellence is acceptable. We have an amazing and impressive group of engineers who are continually developing groundbreaking new technology and products that are fully worthy of the Renkus-Heinz name. I'm thrilled to be part of it."
7th October 2019
Powersoft Appoints Tom Knesel to General Manager, North America
USA – Powersoft, the world leader in lightweight and energy efficient amplifier platforms, announced that it has appointed industry veteran Tom Knesel to the position of general manager, North America. Knesel, who will be located at the company’s US headquarters in Kearny, NJ and who will start on 7 October, will report directly to Luca Giorgi, sales and business development director, Powersoft. The announcement follows the successful relocation of Powersoft’s North American headquarters two years ago, and coincides with the company’s increased focus on the systems integration market and launch of the Mezzo amplifier platform earlier this year.
“We are very pleased to welcome Tom into the Powersoft family,” commented Luca Giorgi. “Two years ago, we began a significant restructuring of our US operations, which included relocating our headquarters to the east coast, hiring new operational and sales staff, and realigning our entire North American sales rep network. Having successfully completed these tasks, we are perfectly positioned in this region for sustained growth and net new revenue opportunities.”
“Tom brings over two decades of industry experience to his new role as GM, as well as a solid understanding of the overall competitive market context,” Giorgi continued. “Further, he shares the same family values as our organisation and is committed to leading our US team towards increased success in the US.
Before joining Powersoft, Knesel was regional business development manager, Americas, for MUSIC Tribe and responsible for driving revenue and managing the Americas for the company’s commercial audio brands, including Midas, Klark Teknik, Lake, Lab Gruppen, TC Electronics, Tannoy and Turbosound. Prior to that, Knesel spent several years in the manufacturer, design and systems integration markets, serving in both sales and executive roles at companies including Ashly Audio, AE Global Media and others. Knesel studied engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University.
“I am truly excited to be joining such an innovative, close-knit team of professionals,” said Knesel. “The most distinguishing factor in Powersoft’s brand is its passion. This factor, combined with the experience of our US team and the market- leading innovations coming from our home office in Italy, will continue to differentiate us in the North American region. I look forward to playing an integral role within our global team and helping to accelerate our success.”
Luca Giorgi, who has served in a dual role for Powersoft as GM, North America and sales and business development director for the past two years, will relocate to the company’s global headquarters in Florence, Italy at the end of December, and now that the transition is complete, will continue in his role as sales and business director for the global organisation.
“This is an exciting time for Powersoft and we welcome Tom to our global executive team,” commented Luca Lastrucci, CEO and co-founder of Powersoft. “Our continued growth in this region, combined with our increased focus on the systems integration market, make this an opportune time for Tom to be leading the North American team.”
3rd October 2019
Shure Promotes Jay Walpole to Sales Director
UK – Shure has announced the promotion of Jay Walpole to director of sales for musician and consumer audio. In this new role, Jay will continue to drive the success of sales and channel marketing in the UK, where he has demonstrated a trusted track record since he joined the Company in 2005. In addition, he will work closely to establish relationships with important music industry dealers in indirect markets.
Throughout Jay’s tenure, he has held key sales roles in the UK, including area sales manager and key account manager, establishing a solid understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges in the UK market. “I am excited to take on this expanded role and build on the success we have had here in recent years,” he said.
Nik Gledic, director, retail sales and channel marketing, Shure Europe GmbH, added: “I am proud to appoint Jay to sales director. He has proved to be a vital part of Shure’s strategic growth in the market and will continue to be instrumental in shaping our plans in the region.”
30th September 2019
Personnel changes at Movecat
Germany – Movecat, the globally renowned specialist for stage kinetics from Nufringen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, announced personnel changes. Andrew Abele (pictured), founder of the company, is moving from the Movecat management to the LIFTKET Hoffmann Group, where he will assume technical management responsibility as CTO. Movecat is part of this group of companies.
Andrew Abele stated: "It is a great pleasure and honour for me to assume this immensely important position for the entire LIFTKET Hoffmann Group. At the same time, however, it is also a commitment to achieving the goals we have set ourselves and to promoting and strengthening the successful course we have taken so far."
Andrew Abele is taking over responsibility for the development of new kinetic solutions in the areas of stage and studio up to market maturity and will cooperate closely with the technical manager of LIFTKET as well as the central purchasing department. He will also represent the group in forums, standards committees and associations nationally and internationally.
Andrew Abele's new function will focus on integrating the group's newly developed technologies into the market. Furthermore, the acquired know-how from the stage segment will also be applied to the industrial applications of LIFTKET products in the future in order to further expand the market position achieved in this market segment.
27th September 2019
Shure UK Completes Pro Audio Team with Regional Manager
UK – Shure UK has announced a new hire which completes the UK Pro Audio Group team. Welcoming Peppe Mallozzi as regional manager, Peppe is a well-known and trusted face in the pro audio industry. With a background in live sound and theatre which will support and expand the Pro business in the south of the UK. Peppe will be responsible for continuing to work with existing customers, develop new customer relationships and alongside the rest of the team, build brand awareness in the concert touring, theatre and broadcast markets.
Peppe joins the team after eight years at Autograph as sales engineer, where he was responsible for large-scale wireless projects across the UK and wider entertainment industry. Peppe comments: “I am very excited about my new venture at Shure UK, a company of which I have worked with for many years. I look forward to working with customers in London and the South and developing new relationships in an industry I am proud to be a part of.”
Peppe reports to Stuart Moots, associate director, pro audio at Shure UK who adds: "Peppe's knowledge and experience make him an ideal fit for this role. As a trusted face within our industry, he is able to hit the ground running. With the right team in place, we are now ideally positioned to continue our growing success in theatre and broadcast, while also leading the way in touring and live events. The future looks bright for Shure UK Pro Audio."
26th September 2019
AC-ET Appoints Dave Ball in New Audio Sales Role
UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has announced the appointment of well-known industry figure, Dave Ball in a newly-created audio sales executive role, effective immediately.
Joining AC-ET’s specialist audio division, Dave’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.
The D.A.D. portfolio includes products ranging from entry level to the finest sounding point-source loudspeakers available at any price, as well as a range of complementary amplifiers and processors. The cost-effective solutions deliver exceptional performance and value for live sound reinforcement applications.
Operating out of AC-ET’s Northern sales office in Leeds, Dave will spend most of his time on the road visiting clients and carrying out product demonstrations. He will also represent AC-ET’s other key audio lines, as well as complementary services such as Tourflex Cabling custom cable assembly.
Dave has a huge amount of experience, having worked in professional audio for nearly 25 years. Previously he has 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.
Passionate about audio, Dave is a gigging musician in his spare time, so has great technical knowledge and first-hand experience using the technologies and brands he is representing.
Dave commented: “I’ve known AC-ET’s audio-visual director, Peter Butler for many years, so when he asked if I’d be interested in joining the company to help raise Dynamic Audio Device’s UK market presence, I thought it would be a really exciting opportunity to help establish this high-quality brand. Having the other excellent audio marques in my armoury that AC-ET represents as well, what isn’t there to like!”
Peter Butler added: “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.”
26th September 2019
Claypaky has a new CEO
Italy - Claypaky has announced that Marcus Graser is, with immediate effect, the new CEO of the company. Marcus takes the place of Pio Nahum who, starting from 1 October 2019, will retire after spending 30 years in the lighting industry.
Marcus Graser, 42, is an experienced executive coming from OSRAM – mother company and sole shareholder of Claypaky – where he spent the last 15 years in a variety of different roles. When Claypaky was acquired, he led the OSRAM side of the integration and, since that time, entertainment has been one of his business focal points.
"I am proud of having become the new CEO of Claypaky," says Marcus, "and to oversee the exciting progress we anticipate in the years to come. 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.”
Pio, who has spent the last ten years at Claypaky, says: "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.”
The Claypaky team is pleased to welcome Marcus in his new role, and assures him the maximum support and commitment.
In picture: Marcus Graser and Pio Nahum.
25th September 2019
Bruno P. Souchaud to head up GLP’s new French operation
France – GLP has reinforced its growing profile in the French market by appointing the highly experienced Bruno P. Souchaud to head up its newly-formed subsidiary, GLP France.
With nearly three decades’ experience at the very top of international show lighting, including three years with the French GLP distributor LA BS, he was the natural candidate for the position, as GLP board member Kasper Gissel emphasises.
“We are fortunate to have the services of such a lighting industry veteran as Bruno,” he said. “The move will bring us closer to our customers and key LDs. 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.”
After obtaining degrees in Sound Technologies at Paris Louis Lumière Institute and Acoustics at Conservatoire National des Arts & Métiers, Bruno P. Souchaud began his career as a sound engineer. But he turned to intelligent lighting when “Pro Audio started to get a bit boring. It was passing the peak end of the analogue era, with the only moves forward being more channel strips and more buttons.”
The formation of joint subsidiaries by Claypaky and Pulsar gave him his opportunity and he was appointed managing director of CP&P France. He later occupied senior positions at Martin Professional France, CSI and NS Distribution, where he also became designer of all Mobiled products. He then joined France’s number one wholesaler / distributor LA BS before moving into the media and becoming Web Editor at SoundLightUP, the industry’s leading French news portal.
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, namely to have someone focus solely on GLP’s extensive portfolio in France, 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.”
Setting out his short term goals, he said his mission will be to meet all the important French rental/production companies to reinforce both products that are highly specified on riders, such as the X4 Bars and JDC1, and those newly introduced, such as Highlander, the full KNV range and Fusion. GLP will follow up by participating at the JTSE Show in Paris at the end of November where they will also meet many of the key French lighting designers.
“So there's a lot of exciting work to be done,” he concludes.
24th September 2019
ETC grows UK sales team with Matt Cowles
UK – ETC has announced the hiring of Matt Cowles as field project co-ordinator for its London office.
As the company continues to grow, the new role sees Cowles provide technical sales and manage projects across the country. He will 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, Matt joins the company from Ambersphere Solutions Ltd 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.”
12th September 2019
TMB Welcomes Lauren Drinkwater
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. Lauren’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. Lauren will be based out of TMB’s UK office and everyone can meet her at PLASA next week!
Lauren 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. A full understanding of the industry, plus an acute awareness of customers’ needs, makes Lauren the perfect addition to TMB’s growing customer development group.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the European arm of TMB’s global presence,” says Lauren. 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.”
Not only Lauren will be at PLASA this year; in addition, TMB will be showing their complete range of innovative and award-winning products. Get hands-on with many new and exciting products, exclusively available from TMB, including (to name just a few): Firefly Festoon and Fairy Lights, FloppyFlex premium decorative lighting systems, FloppyTape highest quality professional LED tapes, IMS Intelligent Marquee Systems LED+marquee lighting, Pro Cables custom cable assemblies, cables and connectors for entertainment production and staging, ProPlex Data Distribution fibre/copper networking systems and cables, ProPower CE power distribution, Solaris Flare, Mozart, and SoLED fixtures, and much more.
Be sure to stop and see TMB at stands G59 and G60 while at PLASA. There will be a light on and the refreshments cool.