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Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for August 2019

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at DAS Audio of America, Riedel Communications, 64 Audio, Sennheiser, Fishman, American Music and Sound, L-Acoustics, Martin Audio North America, Eastern Acoustic Works, Apex Audio and Pro Media Audio & Video.

John Fiorito

DAS Audio of America, the North American subsidiary of Valencia, Spain-based DAS Audio, has named John Fiorito as national sales manager, installation and nightclubs. In this newly created position, Fiorito is tasked with strengthening the company’s standing in the AV integration market by increasing the company’s sales and support capabilities. Fiorito started with DAS in February and is based in the company’s Miami headquarters. Most recently, Fiorito served three years as the East Coast regional manager for Sound Investment Audio of Chicago, IL.

Rich Zabel

Riedel Communications has appointed Rich Zabel vice president of sales for North America. Reporting directly to Joyce Bente, president and CEO of Riedel Communications North America, Zabel will take the helm of the entire sales organization; he will also focus on expanding Riedel’s presence in key vertical markets. Zabel was previously at Evertz Microsystems, where he was director of sales, Northeast, and strategic accounts. He also has worked as director of sales, Eastern region, for Grass Valley, and as vice president, sports and live events, for Imagine Communications.

Stewart Millager

64 Audio has promoted Stewart Millager to chief operating officer. Millager has been with 64 Audio since 2017, most recently leading the R&D team. He has held various management titles in engineering and product development departments throughout his two decades in the consumer and pro AV industries.

Ron Holtdijk

Sennheiser has appointed Ron Holtdijk director of business communication. He will be responsible for driving forward Sennheiser’s strategy and success in business communications, particularly in the field of ceiling array microphones. He is also tasked with strengthening Sennheiser’s presence in the education market. Holtdijk joins Sennheiser from Bang & Olufsen, where he was director of its global business-to-business division and played a key role in developing the company’s portfolio and go-to-market strategy in this field.

Rob Ketch

Fishman has named Rob Ketch as its senior vice president of sales. Formerly, he was vice president of OEM sales. Ketch was hired by Fishman in 1994 as an inside salesperson, eventually being promoted to director of U.S. sales before overseeing OEM product sales exclusively since 2007. Ketch reportedly doubled the company’s OEM business and manages sales to more than 110 guitar manufacturers worldwide. He is also involved in product design with Fishman’s engineering and product development team.

Christopher Malmgren

American Music and Sound announced the appointment of Christopher Malmgren as tour applications specialist for dBTechnologies USA. Malmgren brings more than a decade of touring and production experience to his new role and will provide support and training for dBTechnologies’ customers, while continuing to build dB brand awareness in the touring market. Malmgren has experience in major markets including Los Angeles and Nashville, and has additional skills in system design and implementation.

Greg Kirkland

L-Acoustics has brought on Greg Kirkland as the technical reference and ambassador for the fixed installation market in North America. Kirkland will contribute to growing the brand through interaction with key consultants and integrators, in tandem with the Certified Provider Distributor network. With more than 30 years of experience in the live and install markets, Kirkland has founded and managed consultancies that have completed projects across markets including education, hospitality and cruise ships. Based in the L-Acoustics USA & Canada headquarters in Westlake Village, CA, Kirkland will lead application support for installation projects across North America.

Joe Lima

Martin Audio North America has appointed Joe Lima as product support specialist. Bolstering Martin Audio North America’s Product Support Group, Lima will support sales by providing technical support services and training in the United States and Canada to the sales team, distributors and dealers. He will also assist in the development of new products. Lima has been involved in rock and world music concert touring; he also produced a number of successful albums in Portugal and Spain.

Jeremy Forsythe

Eastern Acoustic Works has promoted Jeremy Forsythe to the position of director of product management. Forsythe joined EAW in March 2017 as business development manager after working as an architect and architecture project manager in New York City, then designing nightclub sound and lighting systems in Los Angeles. EAW president T.J. Smith notes, “Although he just joined the staff two years ago, Jeremy has always been a part of EAW, as his father, Kenton Forsythe, is one of our cofounders. With his strong technical background and understanding of loudspeaker systems and their applications, he has already made important contributions to our vision for the future of our products. Jeremy has richly earned this position, and I could not be more pleased.”

Ineke Priepot

Belgian pro audio manufacturer Apex Audio has added to its U.S. operations with the appointment of Ineke Priepot. Based in Nashville, TN, Priepot’s role is sales and business development, with the aim of setting up and running a dealer/rep network in the United States. Priepot will be handling the full range of Apex DSP audio products. An experienced sales professional, she is also a sound engineer with a strong technical background.

Chris Waters

Pro Media Audio & Video has hired AV industry veteran Chris Waters as senior sales director to help drive new business in the sports, live entertainment, performing arts, corporate AV and transportation markets. A 30-year veteran of the business, he previously served as senior vice president of special projects at AVI-SPL, leading a department focused exclusively on large venues. Prior to that, he owned an AV integration firm catering to commercial facilities and ultra-high end residences.