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People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for February 2019

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Adamson Systems Engineering, Martin Audio North America, Allen & Heath, Shure, LOUD Audio and Allied ProTech.

Marc Bertrand

Adamson Systems Engineering has appointed industry veteran Marc Bertrand as its new chief executive officer. Bertrand will lead Adamson’s global operations from its headquarters in Port Perry, ON, as company founder Brock Adamson assumes the role of chairman. Bertrand spent a decade with Tannoy North America, eventually serving as managing director for five years. In 2009, he became the CEO of TC Group Americas, overseeing a catalog of brands including Tannoy, TC Electronic, Lab.gruppen, Lake and others, working there until 2016. Most recently Bertrand assumed an advisory role with Adamson before formally joining the company in November 2017 as managing director, Americas.

Case Kuehn

Martin Audio North America has named Case Kuehn its new president. Martin Audio underwent a management buyout from LOUD Audio in June 2018; that same month, Kuehn, who was CFO of Loud, left to become a consultant. Now as the president of Martin Audio North America, Kuehn will manage its day-to-day business strategy and core operational functions, drawing on his functional management experience from board of directors, general management, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, purchasing and operations positions.

Markus Sinsel

Allen & Heath has been adding to its team around the globe, most recently appointing Markus Sinsel its new sales director. Sinsel was previously at its Germany, Spain and Great Britain distributor Audio-Technica Europe, where he held the role of Allen & Heath brand manager. Allen & Heath’s managing director, Rob Clark, commented, “Markus has been part of the Allen & Heath family for the past 17 years and has a truly exceptional understanding of both our products and our customers. I cannot imagine a more qualified individual to drive our continued growth in cooperation with our distribution partners.”

Brian McGovern

Working out of Allen & Heath’s U.S. headquarters, Brian McGovern has been appointed to a commercial audio business development role for North America. McGovern has an extensive install and commercial audio background, having held positions at Yamaha and Roland Professional, where he designed and implemented audio systems.

Martijn Verkerk

Based in Europe, Martijn Verkerk has been appointed installation product manager. He has worked with networked audio since 1999 and has extensive hands-on experience, having previously worked in technical sales for Crestron Benelux and for Allen & Heath’s Netherlands distributor, Ampco Flashlight.

Val Gilbert

Allen & Heath has also appointed Val Gilbert technical marketing manager. Based near London, Gilbert will be supporting Allen & Heath’s international distributor network. Gilbert spent the last six years as the global engineering support manager at Nexo.

Mark Humrichouser

Shure has promoted Mark Humrichouser to vice president of global sales, a position where he will lead the company’s global sales team, which oversees Shure’s worldwide sales operations for pro audio, retail, integrated systems and emerging markets. Humrichouser began his career at Shure in 2006 and has since risen through the ranks in sales, with positions including vice president of the Americas and Asia/Pacific sales organizations, general manager of the Americas business unit, general manager of the U.S. business unit and director of U.S. sales.

Mark Ureda

LOUD Audio has added Mark Ureda to its board of directors. Ureda retired from Harman Professional in 2018, where he was senior vice president, products and technology. He joined Harman in 2010 as president of JBL Professional and also served Harman Pro as CTO and vice president, strategy. As senior vice president, Ureda was responsible for R&D, product development, software development, and product management product lines such as AKG microphones and headphones, AMX video and control, BSS and dbx signal processing, Crown amplifiers, JBL Professional loudspeakers, Martin Professional lighting, and Soundcraft and Studer mixing consoles.

Jeff Miranda

Pro AV technology distributor Allied ProTech has named Jeff Miranda sales manager. Miranda brings to the role nearly 15 years of experience in the professional audio industry, having previously run his own integration company and worked in positions at TOA Electronics, Adobe Systems, and most recently at Pacific AV as vice president of sales. Previous roles have included product management, applications engineering, system design and system sales. Miranda also has nearly 20 years of experience as a live sound engineer, mixing at worship and entertainment venues.