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

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at PMC Speakers, Adamson Systems Engineering, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW), American Music & Sound, One F Sound (MASELEC distributor), MSE Audio, CODA Audio, Middle Atlantic Products, Rupert Neve Designs, Silicon Line and Martin Audio.

Peter Thomas and Tim Ireland

PMC Speakers has named audio veteran Tim Ireland its new chief executive officer. With the appointment, co-founder Peter Thomas moves from his role as managing director to company chairman. Ireland will take on overseeing day-to-day operations of the company, aiming to expand its product portfolio, UK distribution business and global distribution network. Additionally, he will be in charge of the manufacturing and operations departments, sales and marketing, personnel and finance functions, plus the company’s U.S. office in California. Ireland previously spent seven years as CEO of Meridian Audio and was head of product development at Bowers & Wilkins.

Thomas will concentrate on supporting the board as chairman, as the company looks to expand its manufacturing facilities. In that capacity, he will continue to work with his son, Oliver Thomas, who heads up research and development.

Ben Millson

Adamson Systems Engineering has established a new office in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and has appointed Ben Millson as managing director for the APAC region to oversee the new office and its operations throughout the relevant territories. In his new role, Millson will oversee sales and distribution operations across the APAC region, collaborating with Adamson’s current staff, partners and distributors. Originally from the UK, Millson began his pro audio career more than 15 years ago with Adam Hall. Since then he has taken key appointments with brands including AVSL Group, Studiomaster, Cadac and, most recently, d&b audiotechnik, where he spent nearly five years as regional sales manager and technical sales specialist for the Asia-Pacific region.

Jim Newhouse

Eastern Acoustic Works has promoted Jim Newhouse to vice president of global sales. Newhouse has served the company as North American sales director since 2015. Before joining EAW, he worked as a regional sales manager at Bose Corp. and owned and operated AV systems integration firm Clear Signal. As EAW North American sales director, Newhouse established a direct sales team, increased installation market revenue, and initiated a successful dealer incentive program.

From left, Jim Meyer, Jaime Thompson, Kris McDougall

American Music & Sound has hired Jim Meyer as Upper Midwest regional sales manager for the Music Creation Division, promoted Jaime Thompson to marketing manager of the DJ Division, and expanded national sales manager Kris McDougall’s responsibilities, adding Reloop, Xone and Hercules.

Meyer joins American Music & Sound with a degree in audio engineering, a strong record in customer service and more than 13 years of sales and management experience. Meanwhile, Thompson joined American Music & Sound as the DJ product specialist two years ago, and was quickly promoted to national sales manager. Now, as marketing manager for the DJ Division, he’ll become more involved in the artist and public relations side of AM&S’s DJ brands. Elsewhere in the company, McDougall has added Reloop, Xone and Hercules to his sales repertoire, which join the Lewitt and Fostex brands that he has managed for the company since 2015.

Frank Oglethorpe

Frank Oglethorpe has set up One F Sound to distribute the MASELEC line of mastering products in North America. Oglethorpe was formerly with Prism Media Products, which previously distributed the MASELEC line. Oglethorpe started out as a technical engineer at Air Studios London, going on to become technical manager at the legendary Air Studios Montserrat, which, during his tenure, hosted Sting, Dire Straits, The Beatles courtesy of Geoff Emerick, Rush, Arrow and more. After a two-year stint in theater with Martin Levan Sound Design, he went to FX Rentals, where he was technical director for 10 years.

James McManus

MSE Audio—parent company of Phase Technology, Induction Dynamics, dARTS, SoundTube Entertainment, SolidDrive, Rockustics and Soundsphere—has promoted James McManus, a 12-year employee of MSE Audio, to the role of international sales director. McManus joined MSE in 2006 as a residential sales manager, becoming commercial sales director in 2017, a position he most currently held. In 2017, he also became consultant account director, where he actively manages the interaction between consultants within the industry and MSE Audio’s internal commercial audio division. McManus has an extensive background in professional audio, having toured nationally as a sound engineer in the 1990s. Prior to his role at MSE Audio, McManus managed a $2.5 million sound and lighting system in a 10,000-member church in Kansas City, MO.

George Puttock

George Puttock has joined CODA Audio as product manager for software support and training. Having spent 10 years as a systems engineer, Puttock is familiar with the use of nearly all major high-end professional loudspeaker systems on the market and brings with him an understanding of audio applications built on the experience of countless tours. For the last six years, Puttock has undertaken extensive and varied duties on the road with artists including Ellie Goulding, Placebo, The Script and Enter Shikari, as well as numerous classical symphonic concerts. During that period of his career, he developed a familiarity with not only the technical aspects of CODA systems but also with CODA Audio as a company.

Rob Atkins

Middle Atlantic Products has brought on Rob Atkins as regional brand sales manager, Southeast. In this position, Atkins will work closely with sales teams and product management to foster relationships with local integrators and consultants by providing brand expertise relative to the Middle Atlantic portfolio of solutions, including racks, technical furniture and power. The move comes as part of an overall investment by parent company Legrand | AV to expand its teams in each region across the United States. Atkins has more than 20 years of AV experience, including six with Middle Atlantic. He has held sales and development management positions with several AV companies, and also served as regional sales manager for Middle Atlantic, laying the foundation for his understanding of the company’s product offerings.

Rupert Neve Designs has hired Tim Hurrell and his company, Sound Communications, to act as European sales manager for Rupert Neve Designs. Josh Thomas, general manager and co-founder of Rupert Neve Designs, noted, “We are immensely lucky and proud to bring on Tim Hurrell as our European sales manager. As the company continues to grow, we needed to find someone to support us further in the European markets, and Tim’s extensive experience makes him the ideal partner.” Hurrell has spent his career in the pro audio industry as a reseller, running Avid’s pro audio business and co-founding a professional audio-specific marketplace along the way.

Katrin Gravier

Katrin Gravier, who recently joined ultra-low power optical link technology specialist Silicon Line as head of finance and administration, has been promoted to the post of chief financial officer. In the new role, Gravier will be responsible for all finance-related activities, including budget planning, monthly financial reporting and in-house accounting, and will support the company in future fundraising efforts. Prior to joining Silicon Line in February 2018, Gravier spent three and a half years at Nokia Networks in Munich, where she served as head of hardware services businessline finance. Previously she was project controlling manager at REC, a vertically integrated solar energy company.

Peter Codron

Martin Audio has appointed Peter Codron as its new UK sales manager. Codron brings 30 years of audio industry knowledge and experience with professional AV production companies, recording studios, live music events, theatrical productions, exhibitions and conferences. During this time, he has worked in pro audio sales, audio system design, audio editing and engineering and IT networking. Codron steered rental company Entec Sound & Light toward a stronger sales base during his nine years with the company before taking over the sales manager role at SSE Audio Group in 2014.