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INDUSTRY APPOINTMENTS Sponsored by • +44 208 986 5002 INDUSTRY APPOINTMENTS Above: AC-ET’s Technical Director, Chris Millard; VUE audiotechnik’s George Dreyer, Jon Garner, and Brandon Rinas; Allen & Heath’s Pat McConnell; TSL acquires Blinding Light; Creative Technology welcomes Richard Rogers & Chris Jordan. Absen Europe has announced the appointment of Thomas Klukas to the position of Business Development Manager for Germany, Switzerland and Austria (DACH). Prior to joining Absen, Klukas held a Director position with Shure Distribution. He will oversee the development of the retail, corporate and DOOH sectors across the 3 markets, plus sports and rental in Austria and Switzerland. His remit will encompass the development and extension of Absen’s partner network of system integrators, consultants, architects and end customers, also working to define and evaluate key partners. In setting the sales strategy for the region, Klukas will work hand in hand with the sales team in addition to the marketing, research and development and project management groups in order to feedback market needs and requirements. A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has appointed Chris Millard as Technical Director to the company’s Board of Directors. He joined AC-ET from his role as Technical Director at Panalux, where he spent 22 years. Millard now oversees the further development and growth of the company’s Technical Services department and in-house Tourflex Cabling bespoke cable assembly service. Adamson Systems Engineering has appointed Lin Buck to the position of Director of Sales for the United States, working as an integral part of the team led by Marc Bertrand, Managing Director of Adamson Americas. Buck will collaborate closely with Adamson’s Partner Network and manufacturer’s rep firms to continue driving sales and growing the brand’s profile in the ever-important U.S. touring and integration markets. “Our comprehensive strategy for building a long-term, sustainable sales structure in the Americas fits very well with Lin’s experience, as well as his philosophies with respect to customer relations and the Adamson brand,” commented Bertrand. “We’re very pleased to have him aboard, and we expect great results.” Allen & Heath has appointed Pat McConnell as its Central Regional Sales Manager. McConnell will promote sales growth and strengthen existing relationships across the Central Region of the United States. Tim Schaeffer, Senior Vice President of Allen & Heath USA, commented: “We’re pleased to welcome Pat to the team. He not only has deep technical ability, but also firsthand experience of the region and the skills to push Allen & Heath sales to the next level.” McConnell was a sales representative for them at a previous company. He added: “I am excited to contribute to the amazing team at Allen & Heath. I’ve been using their products for years and I’m looking forward to being a part of their continued growth and success.” Creative Technology has recruited Richard Rogers and Chris Jordan to work as Senior Project Managers in its Audio Team. Mark Boden, CT’s Director of Audio, spoke highly of the duo: “Having worked with Richard and Chris many years ago I am really excited to be working with them both again, bringing with them yet more experience and knowledge to an ever-growing audio team.” Chauvet Professional has established Chauvet Germany, a wholly owned subsidiary to serve the German market. Based in Bremen, the new subsidiary will distribute and service Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ and Iluminarc products. The opening of the new facility represents the company’s first direct presence in the German market. 74 • +44 208 986 5002 INDUSTRY APPOINTMENTS Below: Elation’s Matthias Hinrichs; Tim McCall, L-Acoustics’ Regional Sales Manager; Paul Mulholland, Jands’ Managing Director; Outline’s Deputy General Manager Of Sales, Leonardo Dani. Thomas Fischer, formerly Owner and Managing Director of Fischer GmbH, has been named Managing Director of Chauvet’s German operation. He is joined by Henning Oeker, who will serve as Regional Sales Manager. Green Hippo has appointed ESL France to be its French distributor. The agreement sees ESL France exclusively distribute Green Hippo’s line of cutting-edge hardware and software throughout France. James Roth, Head of Sales and Marketing at Green Hippo, acknowledged the importance of the French economy: “France is a crucial market for Green Hippo. We fully recognise not only the size of the French economy, but also its population’s enduring love of live events. ESL France brings the necessary understanding of this region - as well as of the Green Hippo line - to help further grow our brand during 2018 and beyond. And we thoroughly look forward to helping them succeed.” Elation Professional has hired Matthias Hinrichs as a Product Manager. Hinrichs is a well-known face in the industry, having worked as a lighting and control systems product manager at Martin Professional since 2003 and prior to that as a well-respected freelance lighting director and programmer. Over the years, the self-described product designer and innovator has worked in staging, audio, lighting, as a DJ, in technical support, business development and finally as a product manager for lighting control and automated lighting fixtures. ETC’s international subsidiaries, ETC Ltd and ECT GmbH, are now responsible for the distribution of High End Systems products in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA), taking the reins from the former European master distributor, AED Distribution. Meanwhile, ETC Asia will take control of distribution for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. ETC welcomed High End Systems into the family in April 2017 and has already made significant investments in stocking, personnel and product support. This is set to continue, with a particular focus on EMEIA and APAC. L-Acoustics has appointed Jands as its certified distribution partner for Australia. Jands is set to provide L-Acoustics with an increased penetration into the Australian marketplace, whilst adding L-Acoustics to its roster further solidifies Jands’ position as the go to distributor for premier brands. “My first introduction to L-Acoustics was when, along with Peter Ratcliffe from JPS, I visited the factory in 2000,” said Paul Mulholland, Jands’ Managing Director. “It was clear from our first introduction to the V-DOSC speaker cabinet that L-Acoustics was destined to become a dominant force in live sound. JPS became the L-Acoustics rental network partner for Australia and I watched as the pioneers of line array continued to develop ever more innovative products.” Tim McCall, L-Acoustics Regional Sales Manager, said: “We’re delighted to have Jands join the L-Acoustics family. We have had considerable success in Australia over the last decade and aim to build on this strong base. We have a natural synergy with privately owned, technology and solutionfocused partners. I think we now have that with Paul and his team.” Meyer Sound has named Audio Brands Australia as their exclusive distributor down under, with the appointment also extending to New Zealand through a partnership with Pacific AV. Audio Brands Australia will be responsible for sales, technical support and service of Meyer Sound products across all markets, including touring and AV rental, performing arts venues, houses of worship, hospitality, cinema and studio. “In Audio Brands Australia we have found an ideal partnership for strengthening and extending the Meyer Sound presence ‘down under’,” said Antonio Zacarias, Meyer Sound Vice President of Global Customer Engagement. “Audio Brands Australia has a solid, strategic approach in the product lines they represent, as well as a proven track record of responsive service and support. Outline has appointed Leonardo Dani to the post of Deputy General Manager Of Sales. Dani joins the company during a period of strong growth and expansion, driven mainly by the success of Outline’s GTO loudspeaker family in global touring and by the growing number of high-profile installations of the Stadia Series, including those for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. TSL Lighting has announced that Colin Paxton will now be managing its busy Dry Hire department as Hire Manager. Alongside Paxton’s appointment, John Beer, TSL’s previous Hire Manager, will progress into the role of Operation Manager. Beer now takes a wider responsibility with an overview of the company’s operations and will be concentrating on improving and expanding all areas of the business. The company completes a busy month, having recently acquired Blinding Light. Both companies and locations will continue to operate as normal under their respective individual brands. ULA Group has announced a new partnership with SGM. Cuono Biviano, Managing Director of ULA Group, commented: “We are extremely proud of our new partnership with SGM, which came just in the right time when our company is growing and expanding into new market segments. The SGM products are of a superb quality, incorporating groundbreaking technology which makes them unique and a perfect fit for both entertainment and architectural lighting markets. The core values that ULA Group has been built upon align with those that SGM proudly represent throughout their business practice. We are very excited to be able to partner exclusively with SGM in Australia and New Zealand and to help grow their network globally.” VUE Audiotechnik rang in the new year with 3 new hires as part of its ongoing expansion. VUE has announced the addition of Senior Product Engineer, George Dryer, and Sales Representatives Jon Garner and Brandon Rinas. The trio are based out of VUE’s headquarters in Escondido, CA. According to Ken Berger, VUE founder and CEO, the new hires will play a key part in the company’s aggressive growth trajectory. He commented: “Ask any VUE client and they’ll tell you the attention and expertise they get from our team is matched only by our impeccable product performance. Thanks to our clients’ continued faith in us, we just wrapped up the best year thus far. To sustain that growth and our benchmark performance levels, I’m thrilled to welcome George to our engineering group, and Jon and Brandon to the sales team. I am excited to have them join the rest of the VUE family in bringing the future of live sound technology to market – today.” Dreyer will lead amplifier and electronic development; Garner, with an 8-year track record in sales management with Powersoft, will focus will be on expanding VUE’s growing momentum in live sound and touring; and Rinas’ main focus will be on furthering VUE’s already strong reach into the house of worship market. TPi 75