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People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for December 2020

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Sweetwater, Meyer Sound, DAS Audio, Point Source Audio, Endless Noise, Holoplot, Vaudeville Sound Group and more.

Scott Pizzo
Scott Pizzo

DAS Audio of America has named Scott Pizzo to the position of vice president of Sales, Professional Audio, North America. Pizzo’s responsibilities include supporting the company’s direct sales force, working to further develop both the production market and DAS Audio’s rental partner network, increasing the company’s installation market footprint through work with consultants and contractors, furthering the company’s sales network in the U.S., and building growth through strategic alliances. Pizzo started with DAS Audio in September and is stationed in Peabody, MA.

Katrin Rawks
Katrin Rawks

Meyer Sound has announced the promotion of Katrin Rawks to director of Loudspeaker Engineering and the hiring of Ianina Canalis as application architect, Spatial Audio Specialist. Starting there as a student intern in 2003, Rawks moved up through the ranks, working directly with company president & CEO John Meyer and vice president and chief loudspeaker designer Pablo Espinosa on the mechanical and acoustical designs of 23 Meyer Sound products. She is co-holder of the technology patent associated with Leopard line array loudspeakers as well as five design patents related to Ashby, Amie and Leopard.

Ianina Canalis
Ianina Canalis

Joining Meyer earlier this year, Canalis has been contributing her expertise to the final development stages of Spacemap Go, Meyer Sound’s spatial sound design and mixing tool. She has previously held posts as a lecturer in live sound technology at universities in the U.K. and Argentina. During that time, she continued development of her own multichannel live sound production software, ISSP, which she initially developed while earning her Master of Science in Audio Engineering from Leeds Beckett University.

Judd Goldrich
Judd Goldrich

Sweetwater has brought on industry veteran Judd Goldrich to head the company’s artist relations. Goldrich will capitalize on his long-term relationships with key artists, music engineers and producers, aiming to provide them with a “white-glove” experience. As a child, Goldrich worked at his grandfather’s store, the legendary Manny’s Music on New York’s Music Row, where he developed relationships with James Taylor, Paul Simon, Steve Jordan, Paul Shaffer and the late John Entwhistle of The Who, among others. For the past 16 years, he has been with Guitar Center, initially serving as the general manager for its 14th Street Manhattan flagship store and then as head of artist relations for the past seven years.

Mac Johnson
Mac Johnson

Point Source Audio has named Mac Johnson as its new market development manager. Previously, Johnson toured as a production sound engineer on a variety of Broadway productions, and additionally worked as a sound designer for theatrical productions, music festivals and corporate events. Prior to joining Point Source Audio, Johnson was the managing partner of an event production company in Charleston, SC, and became an integral part of Meyer Sound’s team in 2007 where he spent 13 years working in various roles across multiple departments, markets segments and sales regions.

Dave Chapman
Dave Chapman

Music and sound design company Endless Noise has named Dave Chapman to the posts of creative director and partner. A longtime music and audio producer, engineer and mixer who co-founded (along with Samuel Creager) Ugly Duck Studios in Boston in 2013, Chapman relocated to L.A. in 2019 but remains actively involved with Ugly Duck; its clients include Walt Disney Studios, LucasArts, NPR, the New York Times, the BBC, Comcast, MTV, AT&T, Buick, the History Channel and many others.

 

Miguel Hadelich
Miguel Hadelich

Berlin-based 3D audio beamforming company Holoplot has named Miguel Hadelich as head of its new U.S. operations. He will be responsible for expanding sales and operations as well as expediting business development in the USA. Hadelich, who holds a degree in business administration, brings more than 17 years of experience in sales and business development from his previous work with audio companies such as d&b audiotechnik, Dolby Laboratories, TC Group and Music Group.

Annabelle Dunbar-Whittaker
Annabelle Dunbar-Whittaker

Vaudeville Sound Group, an international post-production company specializing in creative sound design and mixing, has named Annabelle Dunbar-Whittaker as executive producer of its Los Angeles facility. She will be tasked with overseeing Vaudeville’s slate of creative content, with a focus on short-form. Previously, she served as head of Production for post-production group Cut+Run where she was responsible for a large post team, scheduling, budgeting and delivery. While there, she worked across commercials for global corporations such as Expedia, Nike, Adidas, Geico, Facebook, Louis Vuitton, Microsoft, Samsung and Audi, and music videos for artists including Beyonce, Paul McCartney, Ellie Goulding, Eminem and others.

Abby Kaplan
Abby Kaplan

Abby Kaplan, Shure’s vice president, Global Retail Sales, has been elected to the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Industry Leaders. The Board’s role is to advice the CTA Executive Board, supporting public policy and association activities. Kaplan has been with Shure for more than 20 years, working in various roles during her tenure, from regional sales manager up to VP today, where she oversees retail sales channels globally. Kaplan is involved with various committees within Shure to lead governance and strategy in the Musician and Consumer Audio vertical market.

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