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

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Arista Corp., THAT Corp., Neutrik USA, iZotope, Genelec, Countryman Associates, Apex Audio and Pro Media Audio & Video.

Martin E. Fishman

Arista Corp. has named Martin E. Fishman vice president. Working at the company headquarters in Fremont, CA, he will be responsible for Arista’s global sales and marketing, with a focus on the industrial PC and professional AV markets. This includes oversight of the company’s global OEM business, its ODM (original design manufacturing) operations, distribution, and management of the company’s value-added resellers and system integrators. Fishman previously spent 19 years as co-CEO and global vice president of sales and marketing at Portrait Displays.

Tom Ryan

THAT Corp. has promoted Tom Ryan to IC sales manager. In the role, he will lead THAT’s global IC sales organization and will manage all international IC distributors and representatives. Ryan has been with THAT for 14 years, most recently as an inside sales rep and customer support supervisor. Prior to joining THAT, Ryan worked in live sound for music venues and television networks, including ESPN. His previous experience also includes customer support at audio console manufacturer Euphonix (now Avid) in California.

Amy Moscardini

Neutrik USA has promoted Amy Moscardini to the position of distribution manager, where she will manage Neutrik USA’s distribution channel and determine the company’s distribution mix. She will also assist in developing and implementing Neutrik USA’s distribution strategies in coordination with the company’s sales director while continuing to develop strong working relationships with all of the company’s distributors. Additionally, she will plan, assist with and/or manage distribution shows each year, attending as needed, while also facilitating distributor training throughout the United States.

Tony Callini

iZotope has brought on Tony Callini as chief financial officer. He is charged with advancing and evolving the company’s strategic and operational business plans, with a focus on financial performance, revenue growth and scalable operations. His professional audio industry experience includes serving as senior vice president of finance at Avid, where he helped shepherd the organization through a strategic, financial and operational evolution. In 2017, he became chief financial officer and executive vice president at Monotype as the organization pursued new market opportunities, ultimately leading to its sale to a private equity firm.

Ken Kimura

Genelec has appointed Ken Kimura to the newly created role of business development director for the Asia Pacific region. With over 20 years of experience, Kimura will aid the company’s international business strategy and work closely with distribution partners in the APAC region, including Genelec’s own subsidiaries in China and Japan. Kimura spent over 15 years with DPA, where he held senior management roles and developed an extensive network of business relationships across the APAC zone.

Brian Hillenbrand

Countryman Associates has announced the recent appointments of Brian Hillenbrand and Benjamin Lacasse as design engineers. Both Hillenbrand and Lacasse are stationed at company headquarters in Menlo Park, CA; key responsibilities include mechanical and acoustic design, customer research and support, and production support.

Hillenbrand graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, with a degree in manufacturing engineering. While there, his involvement with the student chapter of the AES included an acoustic and loudspeaker project advisory role and club leadership. He was also a key initiator and core manager of AudioCon 2018, and in 2019 he served as a student lab technician.

Benjamin Lacasse

Lacasse is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, where he earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering. During his time there, he studied machine system design, thermal system design, Solidworks, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. For his senior project, he designed a UAV launcher for Cal Poly’s Aero Department. Lacasse also attended KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, as an exchange student.

Ineke Priepot

Belgian pro audio manufacturer Apex Audio has added to its U.S. operations with the appointment of Ineke Priepot. Based in Nashville, TN, Priepot’s role is sales and business development, with the aim of setting up and running a dealer/rep network in the United States. Priepot will be handling the full range of Apex DSP audio products. An experienced sales professional, she is also a sound engineer with a strong technical background.

Chris Waters

Pro Media Audio & Video has hired AV industry veteran Chris Waters as senior sales director to help drive new business in the sports, live entertainment, performing arts, corporate AV and transportation markets. A 30-year veteran of the business, he previously served as senior vice president of special projects at AVI-SPL, leading a department focused exclusively on large venues. Prior to that, he owned an AV integration firm catering to commercial facilities and ultra-high end residences.