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

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Mojave Audio, Lab.gruppen and Lake, Renkus-Heinz, Mode Audio, Fishman, Riedel Communications, SMPTE and MultiDyne.

Colin Liebich

Mojave Audio has partnered with industry veteran Colin Liebich, who will focus on the company’s marketing, sales initiatives, social media functions, trade shows appearances and other events. His early career involved work rigging loudspeakers for Hanley Sound in locations including Fenway Park, Boston Garden and Worcester Centrum. Since then, through his work with BAE Audio and other equipment manufacturers, Liebich established himself in the pro audio community.

From left, Tomas Lilja, Anders Jutebrant Ivarsson and Håkan Alfredsson

Lab.gruppen and Lake have been busy, having named Tomas Lilja as brand leader, Håkan Alfredsson as product category leader and Anders Jutebrant Ivarsson as R&D manager for the two companies. Lilja, who previously held the position of brand manager for Lab.gruppen between 2000 and 2009, will again define and implement the brand strategy. Meanwhile, drawing on 35 years of pro audio experience, Alfredsson will, in communication with clients and departments, be deeply involved in the development of new products and revisions to existing ones. Ivarsson has more than 12 years’ experience in managing and developing organizations within product/solution development and portfolio management in an international context. He has also worked as a consultant to support technology companies to improve their product development.

Chad DeFranco

Renkus-Heinz has promoted Chad DeFranco to engineering manager. He joined the company in September 2018 as a loudspeaker systems engineer. DeFranco has been working in audio since he was 11 years old; at 15, he began engineering at Panama Beach, FL’s Club LaVela, the largest nightclub in the U.S., with a capacity of 6,000, where he stayed for 15 years. DeFranco went on to found DeFranco Productions, tackling audio system design and installation. He has also served as an audio system and acoustic engineer at Pure Groove Systems.

Michael Craig Enoch

Professional loudspeaker manufacturer Mode Audio has appointed Michael Craig Enoch vice president of international business development. In the role, Enoch will be responsible for increasing global sales efforts, with a focus on building distributor and dealer networks worldwide. Enoch has had roles in venue management, event promotion, production, and talent buying for such companies as AEG and Live Nation, managing facilities such as the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Amway Center, the Thomas & Mack Center and the Coors Amphitheater.

Paul Brunelle

Fishman has announced the appointment of Paul Brunelle as vice president of finance. Brunelle brings a diverse finance background to Fishman. He was most recently the corporate controller for the L.S. Starrett Company, a manufacturer of precision measuring tools and equipment and saw products.

Ashley D. Condon

Riedel Communications has appointed Ashley D. Condon regional sales manager for the Southeastern U.S. Based in Florida, Condon has presented at several SBE, SMPTE, NAB and PBS events on the evolution of television and broadcasting. Prior to joining Riedel, he was sales manager for the Western U.S. and Canada for iHeartMedia, specializing in master control automation, digital workflows, and managing content chains from creation to monetization. Condon also served as strategic vertical sales manager for Avid Technologies and director of sales for Florical Systems.

Bob McAlpine

Following a year of working with MultiDyne through broadcast industry consultancy Black Pearl Management Group, industry veteran Bob McAlpine has been named chief operating officer of MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions. The appointment marks McAlpine’s second stint with MultiDyne, after having served as the company’s vice president of global sales and business development in the late 2000s. McAlpine played a key role in the company’s recent acquisition of Toronto-based Census Digital and helped MultiDyne establish a presence in the EMEA and APAC regions.

Frank Kunkle

SMPTE has named Frank Kunkle director of marketing. Kunkle is guiding development and implementation of a robust marketing strategy, including campaigns, events, digital marketing and public relations, while supporting SMPTE’s implementation of its three-year strategic plan. Kunkle most recently served as marketing manager at the American National Standards Institute, where he developed and executed marketing plans with a focus on growing the institute’s subscription-based product for access to standards, stimulating membership, developing lead acquisition tactics, and managing the brand of the institute’s standards platform.

From left, Eric Palonen and Andrea Christiano

The Music People, pro audio equipment supplier and parent company of On-Stage and TMP-Pro, has named Andrea Christiano director of operations and Eric Palonen marketing manager. Christiano previously was at lifestyle accessory brand BigMouth, where she served as sales director of e-commerce. During her tenure, Christiano held roles ranging from accounting and customer service to sales operations and account management. Palonen also joins TMP from BigMouth, where he held the position of marketing manager and oversaw influencer marketing, web development and trade events. Palonen previously served as marketing manager and brand manager at inMusic Brands, and also held positions at Sennheiser, where he developed marketing programs for its headphone business unit.