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People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for March 2021

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at PK Sound, Empirical Labs, Dirac, ULTRASONE, Digigram, Audix, Renkus-Heinz, and the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA).

James Oliver
James Oliver

PK Sound

PK Sound has appointed James Oliver as chief strategy officer. Reporting directly to founder and CEO Jeremy Bridge, Oliver is responsible for the development, communication, execution and maintenance of strategic corporate initiatives. In addition to his role on PK Sound’s senior management team, he has also joined the company’s ownership group. Oliver spent the previous seven years with Adamson Systems Engineering, most recently as director of marketing and sales, where he spearheaded the development of turnkey system offerings and a global distribution network.

Matt Ward
Matt Ward

Empirical Labs

Empirical Labs has brought on Matt Ward as strategic advisor. Ward has held top management positions including CEO of Plugin Alliance and president of Universal Audio. He first collaborated with Empirical Labs founder Dave Derr in 2006 to bring a Fatso software emulation to the UAD platform. “In the few short months we have worked together, we put a new business plan in place, hired several employees, and increased our hardware production and software sales to meet a surging demand, largely resulting from Matt driving product and brand awareness with our online marketing team,” said Derr.

Peter Friedrichsen
Peter Friedrichsen

Dirac

Swedish digital audio pioneer Dirac has hired Peter Friedrichsen as chief executive officer following the decision by longtime CEO and co-founder Mathias Johansson to become chief product officer. Friedrichsen previously served as CEO of myFC, Bergenstråhle Group, TAC Svenska and MaxMove Group, among others. He has a background working in scale-ups, with experience across a broad range of industries. His resume includes past work in the vehicle industry, with Scania, and licensing businesses, having led the IP consultancy company Bergenstråhle & Partners.

Robert Winterhoff
Robert Winterhoff

ULTRASONE

Robert Winterhoff has joined the management board of ULTRASONE. He will take over the marketing and sales division as COO of the Bavarian headphone manufacturer and audio specialist. Winterhoff has held executive positions within the professional and consumer lifestyle sectors with brands such as Harman, Behringer, beyerdynamic and Crystal Connect/Siltech. In his new position, Winterhoff will focus particularly on implementing the company’s digital strategy and positioning its brand.

Digigram

From left, Florence Marchal, Nancy Diaz and Curiel Xavier Allanic
From left, Florence Marchal, Nancy Diaz and Curiel Xavier Allanic

French audio equipment manufacturer Digigram has appointed a new management team, as three company senior executives are stepping up as directors. Florence Marchal has been named director of finance, human resources and legal affairs. A senior Digigram staff member, Marchal joined Digigram in 2000 and became the company’s CFO. Meanwhile, Nancy Diaz Curiel has become the director of sales, marketing and communications. Since 2010, Singapore-based Curiel has overseen Asian & Pacific operations, including products distribution. While remaining in Singapore, her new role will include the supervision of teams and projects worldwide. Additionally, Xavier Allanic, Digigram’s vice president sales EMEA and Americas since 2018, has stepped up as director of operations, a role in which he will oversee the company’s general operations and supervise R&D projects, as well as customer support and manufacturing. Jérémie Weber, company CEO since 2017, remains chairman of Digigram Group.

Dave Garlett
Dave Garlett

Audix

Audix has appointed Dave Garlett as its key account manager and consultant liaison. Garlett recently departed from The Farm AV, an audiovisual solutions industry factory representative firm. Prior to The Farm, Garlett served in various management roles within the systems integration industry, as well as at manufacturers such as Lightspeed Technologies and Carver Professional.

Renkus-Heinz

From left, Dudley McLaughlin and Garrison Parkin
From left, Dudley McLaughlin and Garrison Parkin

Renkus-Heinz has appointed Dudley McLaughlin national sales manager and Garrison Parkin western regional sales manager. The positions both cover the North American region. McLaughlin has been with Renkus-Heinz since he was hired as western regional sales manager in 2018, while Parkin joined the company in 2019 as southwestern territory sales manager.

Chris Regan
Chris Regan

Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance

The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance announced that Chris Regan has become chair of PAMA’s Board of Directors for a two-year term. Selected by the PAMA directors as chair-elect in 2018, Regan succeeds Greg Beebe (Sennheiser) as chair. Beebe remains on the PAMA Board as a director, and Karam Kaul (Harman) has succeeded Regan as chair-elect. Regan is a 15-year veteran audio professional whose resume includes serving on the founding team at Crowley and Tripp Microphones as product manager; as vice president of sales and operations, North America, for Audio Processing Technology; and his current position as co-founder and president of PAMA member company RF Venue, a developer and manufacturer of antenna and RF products for wireless microphones and in-ear monitor systems.

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