Zurich, Switzerland (October 20, 2016)—Audio-over-IP solutions provider Barix has announced several executive-level changes, including the return of company founder Johannes Rietschel as CTO.
Rietschel founded Barix in 2001 upon anticipating the need to move audio and control signals over IP networks. The company has since shipped more than 300,000 Barix and private-labeled OEM hardware devices worldwide, and has more recently evolved into SaaS and managed services with SoundScape, its business music and advertising platform for retail, hospitality and other location-based businesses.
In recognition of this evolution—as Barix also prepares to introduce new product strategies and innovations to its many markets, including professional AV, broadcast, retail and security—Rietschel has appointed Ivo Killer as Barix CEO. Ivo also serves as COO of Barix’s sister company, Qibixx.
While Barix will continue to focus on its core markets, Rietschel and Killer’s leadership positions at both companies will play a role in reshaping operations and product development. Barix recently closed its German office and moved its customer support, engineering and inside sales staff to Zurich. These resources will work closely with existing Qibixx teams on business and product development initiatives moving forward.
Rounding out the executive level changes is the appointment of Joan Parilla as VP engineering. Parilla has served as product manager for SoundScape since its initial development and launch in 2013. Additionally, Reto Brader, who joined Barix in 2015 as VP sales, has been promoted to VP sales and marketing. CEO Frank Frederiksen has left Barix as of the end of August.
According to Killer, “While Barix will remain an independent, separate entity, we fully intend to leverage the forward-looking technology innovations and engineering resources of Qibixx to move Barix’s traditional and emerging businesses into the next phase. This includes new product launches and enhancements for audio contribution and distribution in broadcast radio, location-based music and advertising delivery, paging and intercom, and control and automation.”