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

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Harman Professional Solutions, Nugen Audio, Clear-Com, Universal Audio, Sound Image, Avid, Listen Technologies, Yamaha Corp. of America, Solotech, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW), L-Acoustics and DPA Microphones.

Roland Rice

Harman Professional Solutions has named Roland Rice to the role of vice president and general manager, North America Sales. Rice has more than 30 years of experience and has held senior leadership roles at Altec Lansing, Diamond Multimedia and Avid, where he restructured divisions and developed new logistics and sales channels. Most recently, as vice president of sales at Plantronics, he was responsible for $540 million in annual revenue and established the company as the market share leader in mobile and enterprise headset sales.

Dr. Paul Tapper

Nugen Audio has named Dr. Paul Tapper to the role of chief executive officer. Tapper developed many of the original algorithms in use by Nugen Audio products today, including the loudness metering and correction, DynApt, upmixing and True Peak limiting. Nugen Audio was co-founded in 2004 by Tapper and Jon Schorah. Tapper also worked as a lead programmer at Runecraft until 2003 and as a lead programmer for Team 17 Digital from 2003 to 2010.

Rachel Archibald

Clear-Com has appointed Rachel Archibald as its new director of marketing. A veteran of the pro audio industry, Archibald spent 17 years at Meyer Sound in increasingly senior marketing roles, culminating in 12 years as director of marketing. She led global marketing and communications programs that contributed to the company’s growth, providing support for sales and organizational goals. Archibald also was instrumental in the development of the thought leadership conference TIDE for AVIXA, the producer of InfoComm.

Allan Timms

Universal Audio has brought on Allan Timms as its vice president of engineering, a role in which he will define and deliver critical architectures for current and future UA products. As the head of software engineering at Logitech, Timms was responsible for all embedded, mobile, desktop and cloud software stack teams, as well as the overall software strategy. Prior to Logitech, Timms spent more than 10 years in various engineering leadership roles at Qualcomm, culminating as director of engineering, Smart Gateway Products.

Rob Mailman

Sound Image has appointed Rob Mailman as senior vice president. Mailman joined the company in April 1986 and has tackled front of house for Brian Wilson, Crosby Stills & Nash, Lindsey Buckingham and others, but most notably spent 16 years mixing Carlos Santana. Mailman was also general manager of production at Sound Image when he was not on tour. Mailman has handed Santana mixing duties over to Kevin Madigan.

Kathy-Anne “KAM” McManus

Avid has appointed Kathy-Anne “KAM” McManus as senior vice president of global customer solutions and services. She returns to Avid, where her previous roles included vice president of worldwide professional services and director of services for Asia-Pacific. McManus has held senior leadership roles in the services and support organizations at Adobe, Amdocs and Ericsson, and telecommunications operator Telstra. She entered the media industry as an editor and producer for Australian broadcast television networks Seven and Nine.

Doug Taylor

Listen Technologies has promoted Doug Taylor to the role of chief product officer, a new position, where he will continue to lead product management and product marketing while establishing product vision and strategy, and partnering with engineering, marketing, sales and company leadership. Previously, Taylor served as executive vice president of product management and business development at Listen Technologies. He has also held senior positions in sales, marketing and product management at GE Healthcare and Eaton.

Daniel Bennett

The professional audio division of Yamaha Corporation of America has appointed Daniel Bennett to the position of district manager for NEXO loudspeaker systems in the United States and Canada. Bennett was most recently in a management role with AVMS, a Yamaha Commercial Audio dealer in the Seattle area, and his background includes experience in live production, corporate AV, systems integration and audio engineering.

Vince Marcantonio

Solotech has appointed Vince Marcantonio to the position of senior business developer for Solotech’s Ottawa office. In the role, under the direction of sales director Robert Aubry, Marcantonio will develop business opportunities in Canada’s capital region. With more than 20 years of experience in the audiovisual sector, including for large-scale systems integrators such as Sony Canada, where he began his career, and the Canadian government, Marcantonio is seasoned in business development.

John Mills

Eastern Acoustic Works has appointed John Mills to the role of senior applications engineer. A 25-year industry veteran, Mills most recently served as vice president of Nashville’s Morris Light & Sound, where he worked for the last eight years. Mills has commissioned and tuned more than 100 houses of worship and other installations; has mixed FOH for acts such as Chris Tomlin, Lincoln Brewster, Shane and Shane, and Paul Baloche; and served as systems engineer for country music superstar Kenny Chesney.

Scott Sugden

L-Acoustics has hired new members for its product management and application touring teams. New hires Marcus Ross and Vic Wagner join United States and Canada application, touring, and Scott Sugden assumes a product management role. Sugden joined L-Acoustics in 2010 as head of U.S. touring support; in his new role, he will be part of the product development process, liaising with key stakeholders across geographies and company functions to help L-Acoustics identify, capitalize on and communicate new product opportunities.

Marcus Ross

Ross has assumed the role of head of application, touring, U.S. and Canada, reporting to Florent Bernard, director of application, touring. Based in L-Acoustics’ North America headquarters, Ross will lead application support for all rental production projects in the United States and Canada, interfacing with key clients and accounts on an ongoing basis, in conjunction with his business counterparts. Ross will also assist on major projects and events, including sound design and on-site support.

Vic Wagner

Wagner, application engineer, touring, joins L-Acoustics as an experienced system engineer and certified K System engineer, having deployed systems for Sound Image over the past decade for tours by Maroon 5, Santana, Sia, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Zac Brown Band, Linkin Park, Kid Rock and others. Wagner will lead training and education efforts in North America from the L-Acoustics headquarters in Los Angeles.

Thomas Frederiksen

DPA Microphones has appointed Thomas Frederiksen as its vice president of sales for the APAC region. A fluent Japanese speaker and formerly managing director of Shure Japan, Frederiksen has held senior sales and management positions for a range of high-profile companies, including a four-year tenure at Brüel & Kjær, the company that was the forerunner of DPA Microphones. Frederiksen began his new role on Jan. 1 and is supported by DPA’s existing Hong Kong-based sales staff.