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

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Propellerhead, Calrec, Renkus-Heinz, beyerdynamic, QSC, d&b audiotechnik, DAS Audio of America, Riedel Communications, 64 Audio and Sennheiser.

Niklas Agevik

Propellerhead has appointed Niklas Agevik to the role of CEO as part of a planned succession from current CEO and company founder Ernst Nathorst-Böös. Agevik spent five years at Ericsson early in his career and since then has been part of several fast-paced startups. He comes to Propellerhead from Instabridge, a company he founded and has run for the past seven years. The Instabridge app has 30 million users and 30,000 organic daily new users.

Andy Birkinshaw

Calrec has announced Andy Birkinshaw as its new international sales manager. He joins the global sales team at Calrec headquarters, where he will manage broadcast sales in the UK, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. Birkinshaw has 30 years of sales experience across the broadcast, studio and live production industries in the UK and other parts of Europe. He previously held the position of sales and marketing/tour manager at Diane Shaw Partnership for 15 years, where he managed and marketed a UK recording artist to achieve two Number One soul albums. He continues to be active as a FOH/monitor engineer.

Garrison Parkin

Renkus-Heinz named Garrison Parkin as its new Southwest territory sales manager for Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. A 30-year pro AV industry veteran, Parkin started in rentals and staging at McCune Sound in the 1980s, doing everything from hotel AV to corporate shows and large-venue concerts. Since then, he’s been an installer, project manager, programmer, design engineer and system salesman, and he holds many pro and commercial product certifications.

From top left: Maureen Chowdhury, Angela Lodico, Laura Marrin, Nicole Gregory and Marc Greck

Beyerdynamic has expanded its Farmingdale, NY, office with five hires: Maureen Chowdhury, marketing manager; Angela Lodico, sales and marketing coordinator; Laura Marrin, online sales manager; Nicole Gregory, technical applications specialist; and Marc Greck, operations manager. Through the addition of personnel, beyerdynamic has placed a strong emphasis on expanding its reach and building a strong platform for its North American presence.

Chowdhury will oversee marketing programs, public relations, social media development and trade show support; she was previously a creative services operations manager for Altice USA and creative services project manager for ESPN. Lodico will manage logistics for trade shows and coordinate sales and business programs, initiatives and partnerships; she previously served as marketing assistant at Fairfield Properties, marketing specialist at EtQ and marketing associate at Burmax. Marrin will oversee online sales activities, working with field sales managers, affiliate marketing and e-commerce B2B and B2C sales activities; she previously spent six years working at Canon USA.

Gregory joined Beyerdynamic two years ago as a sales support specialist. In her new role, she will lead technical support and product training for all divisions, working with dealers, sales, representatives and end users. Greck, too, has been promoted from within, having joined the company five years ago; he will oversee logistical processes, order processing, inventory control, and quality and efficiency for beyerdynamic’s North American warehouse.

From left, Jason Baez and Jake Corlett

QSC has expanded its North American sales team with two new members: Jason Baez, business development manager for the Central region, and Jake Corlett, director, consultant liaison and Canadian national sales manager. Based in Milwaukee, WI, Baez joins QSC from Harman, where he served as the regional sales manager for the upper Midwest. He will leverage his experience to help cultivate relationships within corporate, government and higher education. Based near Chicago, Corlett comes to QSC after spending more than eight years at Biamp, where he worked as a regional manager in the North Central region.

From left, Eric Mayer, Casey Johnson and Steve Seable

d&b audiotechnik has appointed and promoted several industry professionals as part of its continuing expansion in North America. Eric Mayer has been appointed vice president of sales, Americas; Casey Johnson has been promoted to senior manager of business development; and Steve Seable has been hired as business development manager, installation

Mayer has spent the better part of two decades with Sennheiser, most recently as sales director for MI products in the U.S. and Canada; he was also briefly president and CEO of DPA Microphones U.S. Johnson began his career with d&b audiotechnik as Southeastern U.S. regional manager in 2012, and then advanced to national sales executive for installed applications in 2015. With 30 years of experience working in the audio industry, Seable held various positions at Disney, including head of audio for Disney’s Hyperion Theatre, where he became a two-time inductee into the Disney Entertainment Production Hall of Fame.

John Fiorito
John Fiorito

DAS Audio of America, the North American subsidiary of Valencia, Spain-based DAS Audio, has named John Fiorito national sales manager, installation and nightclubs. This newly created position is geared toward 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 out of the company’s Miami headquarters. Most recently, he served three years as the East Coast regional manager for Sound Investment Audio of Chicago, IL.

Rich Zabel
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 and will 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
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 management titles in the engineering and product development departments throughout his two decades in the consumer and pro AV industries.

Ron Holtdijk
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 and in Sennheiser’s expansion efforts 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.