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

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Renkus-Heinz, Listen Technologies, Alteros, d&b audiotechnik, Synthax, PK Sound, Solotech, Apart Audio, Biamp, Pioneer DJ Americas and L-Acoustics.

Matt Czyzewski

Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of Matt Czyzewski to the position of president. He joins the loudspeaker company following a 22-year tenure at Biamp, where he started as a product manager and worked his way up to vice president, executive vice president, chief operating officer, and finally chief executive officer. During those years, he was a major contributor to the growth of the company, leading up to 350 employees company-wide in three locations in the United States and Australia. Czyzewski was a primary driver of five major Biamp product lines that received more than 30 industry awards.

Maile Keone

Listen Technologies has named Maile Keone president of the company. She will be responsible for executing Listen Technologies’ business plan. Keone, a technology industry sales and marketing expert, previously served as the company’s chief revenue officer. She replaces founder Russ Gentner as president; Gentner remains chief executive officer. Prior to joining Listen in 2013, Keone held leadership positions in sales and marketing, operations and employee experience at various technology companies. Also at Listen, Tracy Bathurst has been promoted to senior vice president and remains as chief technology officer. Bathurst has 25 years of experience in the audiovisual and telecommunications industries and has held a variety of leadership positions; in his new role, he will support Keone in running day-to-day business operations while continuing to oversee Listen Technologies’ product development.

Jonathan Novick

Alteros, an Audio-Technica company, announces the appointment of Jonathan Novick to the position of director of sales and marketing. A longtime veteran of the audio industry, Novick will work closely with the rest of the Alteros team to position the brand for its next phase of growth in the marketplace. In his new role, Novick will be responsible for managing and directing sales and marketing activities on behalf of Alteros, reporting directly to Jackie Green. Novick previously held positions with Avermetrics (vice president, sales and marketing), Audio Precision (director of sales, sales manager, sales engineer) and Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies (senior product manager, technical support manager, applications engineer).

Christian Orcin

Christian Orcin has joined d&b audiotechnik as the managing director of d&b audiotechnik Spain. Headquartered in Barcelona, d&b Spain is one of nine d&b subsidiaries around the world. Orcin’s responsibilities include sales and marketing, and overseeing service and support for regional customers and sales partners. He aims to focus on developing the install partner network and implementing an ambitious growth strategy with the team in Spain.

Dennis Stafford

Synthax, distributor of RME, Ferrofish and myMix, has appointed industry veteran Dennis Stafford to the role of marketing manager. Stafford started his career in the music industry in the early 1990s, serving in marketing roles at both MTV and BET. He later helped head up marketing efforts at the House of Blues in Chicago, which consistently ranked among the top revenue-generating venues during his tenure. Stafford then switched to the MI side of the business in 2014, working as marketing director for Armadillo Enterprises, which included Luna Guitars, Dean Guitars and ddrum.

Paul Freudenberg

PK Sound has named industry veteran Paul Freudenberg as its vice president of global business development. He will be responsible for managing global sales and marketing as a key part of PK’s executive management team, providing insight and experience to guide future growth, products and expansion. PK Sound CEO Jeremy Bridge cites Freudenberg’s experience in helping to grow the brand footprint of other speaker manufacturers globally, as well as his familiarity with the latest technologies, as key reasons for bringing Freudenberg on board.

Paul Owen

Solotech has named Paul Owen as general manager of the company’s Nashville office. Owen is now responsible for ensuring the efficiency of local operations and sales, encouraging synergies between the divisions and further developing the company’s opportunities in the Nashville area. Drawing on over 40 years of experience in the audiovisual and entertainment industry, he is recognized for this work in the world’s biggest stages and stadiums. Owen opened and expanded the Nashville office, created in 2016, which he was administrating prior to taking this new position.

Aaron Chisena

Apart Audio announced Aaron Chisena has been named director of business development for North America. Chisena brings more than 20 years of experience in product, sales and marketing management to his new role, as well as a knowledge of consumer electronics, commercial electronics, technology and the music industry. Based in Stamford, CT, Chisena will further develop and grow the Apart business together with its exclusive U.S. distributor, TMP-Pro.

David Woolf

Biamp has appointed David Woolf as the company’s senior director, global marketing, where he will oversee all elements of the company’s corporate communications, product marketing, demand generation, web properties, public relations and social media to ensure a unified voice and strategy as the company grows through internal product development, geographic expansion and company acquisition. Woolf has more than 20 years’ experience creating, developing, managing and marketing technology products, software, websites, mobile apps, and services to professional, public, and consumer markets at Steelcase, InFocus, NEC, Tektronix, and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

John Powell

Pioneer DJ Americas has appointed industry veteran and California native John Powell to the position of president. Powell will oversee all Pioneer DJ Americas operations, thus taking over responsibilities from Yoshinori Kataoka, who has been named Pioneer DJ Corp. chairman and COO at Japan headquarters. Powell joined Pioneer DJ in summer of 2017 as senior vice president of sales; he implemented a sales strategy that led to double-digit sales growth for the Torrance-based organization. Powell previously served in leadership roles at JBL International, Harman and Boston Acoustics. He is a graduate of California State University Northridge and is a Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime member.

Joshua Maichele

L-Acoustics has named install application engineer Joshua Maichele as its house of worship specialist for the United States and Canada. Maichele joined L-Acoustics in May 2016 with the initial title of application engineer, transitioning into the specialized role of install application engineer a year later. Prior to that, he served as an independent consultant for L-Acoustics, as well as a managing member of Division 16 Audiovisual. From 2005 to 2016, Maichele spent 11 years working as a freelance engineer and production manager for Christ in Youth.