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People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry

Industry moves include promotions and hires at Focusrite Pro, QSC, d&b audiotechnik, Heil Sound, Alteros, Guitar Center, dBTechnologies, Pelican Products, Clear-Com, Avid, Solotech, Lawo and DiGiGrid.

Focusrite Pro has appointed Ted White to the role of global marketing manager. The position marks his return to the company; he served as senior technical sales and product specialist for the RedNet range of Dante-networked audio converters and interfaces from 2012 to 2016. During his previous tenure at Focusrite, White helped establish RedNet as a solution in the AoIP space. His background includes time spent with Harman International, Live Nation Studios, Solid State Logic and others.

Jay Wyatt has been named to QSC’s cinema team as a sales engineer, where he will be responsible for pre-sales technical support, product training and cinema system design consulting. He comes to QSC from GDC Technology, where he was a sound engineer involved in the rollout of immersive sound products and provided cinema sound support. He began his career at Ultra-Stereo Labs as an assistant engineer, where he became versed in many of USL’s test and measurement products, media blocks and cinema processors.

d&b audiotechnik has named Miguel Hadelich as business developer advanced systems, d&b audiotechnik Corp. USA. Based in Los Angeles, Hadelich will be the central coordination point for the d&b Soundscape and the d&b DS100 Signal engine in North, Central and South America as he works with customers and introduces Soundscape to consultants, specifiers, architects, artists and audiences. Previously Hadelich held positions at Lake Technology, Dolby Laboratories, TC Group and Music Group. Most recently he was a consultant at Berlin-based 3D audio technology company Holoplot. Hadelich holds an MBA from the Institute of Management in Berlin and speaks fluent English, German, Spanish and Hungarian.

Heil Sound has named Jerry Lynch its new U.S. sales manager. A longtime employee of Heil Sound, Lynch will be responsible for all matters related to daily and long-term sales efforts for the company’s pro audio and amateur radio divisions. Prior to his appointment, Lynch worked as the in-house factory liaison for touring artists, and additionally handled aspects of dealer technical support. He will be based at the company headquarters in Fairview Heights, IL.

Alteros, an Audio-Technica company, has named John Hart to the position of national sales director. In this role, Hart will report directly to Jackie Green, president and CTO of Alteros. Based in Los Angeles, he will oversee U.S. dealers and direct sales. Some of his previous roles include systems/sales specialist at Euphonix Inc., western regional sales manager at Otari Corp., president of AMS/Neve Inc., director of sales at Soundcraft/Studer Digital Console Group and vice president of operations at PMI Audio.

Guitar Center has named Erica Moran as its vice president of marketing and Bob Buckborough as its vice president of ecommerce. Moran will lead Guitar Center’s marketing efforts, including email marketing, retail and category marketing, visual merchandising, and media and partnership marketing. She served as a retail and digital marketing consultant for ACIRE Consulting Group, was a former chairman and is a current member of the CRMC Retail Advisory Council, and is a board member of the Phoenix Symphony. Buckborough will lead and, along with marketplace efforts and ecommerce operations for the company. Most recently he served as the vice president of ecommerce at West Marine. He has served on the board of directors for the Sail America trade organization and is a founder of the Hybris North America User Group.

QSC has chosen Aravind Yarlagadda as its chief technology officer and executive vice president, product development. In the newly created role, Yarlagadda will oversee all aspects of product development for QSC. Prior to joining the company, he was at Schneider Electric, where he held senior executive roles in product management, research and development, marketing, strategic partnerships and new business initiatives. Also during his career, he held senior leadership roles at Invensys, Tyco and Quest Software.

Italian professional audio manufacturer dBTechnologies has named Matthew Whitman as its U.S. product specialist. Currently based in Farmington, ME, Whitman spent years as the owner of a production company and as a front of house engineer for numerous acts, including Squirrel Nut Zippers, for which he was also tour manager.

Pelican Products has appointed Chris Powell as corporate controller to manage global financial operations. Powell will have direct oversight of the company’s global accounting department, which provides financial services for Pelican’s commercial/government, consumer, biothermal and international divisions. His responsibilities will include financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, tax compliance and various special analyses. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles and served at Qualstar, Guidance Software, ReachLocal, Beats by Dre and Velocify Inc.

Clear-Com has picked Kris Koch as its regional sales manager for the Southwest U.S., covering Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. He will work with reps, dealers, consultants and end users across the region and get involved with consultative sales activities, product demonstrations and trade shows. Most recently he was director of engineering at MediaOne, where he designed and built a new facility with two studios, and managed broadcast operations for ATT Park, home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants. Prior to that, he was senior account manager at Key Code Media

Ken Gayron has joined Avid in the role of chief financial officer and executive vice president. Gayron worked half of his career in senior finance management for public companies, most recently having served as CFO and interim CEO for Numerex, playing a part in the leadership team that led that company’s sale to Sierra Wireless. Previously he served as the CFO of Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp. and also held senior finance roles with software and technology providers Sensus Inc. and Nuance Communications. The first half of his career was in investment banking with UBS Investment Bank and CIBC World Markets. Gayron’s responsibilities include finance, accounting, treasury, indirect procurement, corporate development and investor relations.

Solotech has appointed Didier Streel as vice president of business development, for Solotech’s European rental division. Streel will implement Solotech’s expansion strategy in the European market as he oversees the launch of service points to support commercial activities in Europe and ensures the development of new European client bases in the tour, corporate and special events market segments. For the moment, he’ll be based in Brussels, Belgium.

Lawo has chosen Craig Newbury as director of sales and operations. He immediately assumes responsibility for the activities of Lawo in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Newbury brings with him more than 18 years of broadcast experience across a range of technical, operational and commercial roles. After several years of experience in senior sales management positions across the UK and Europe, Newbury most recently held the position of vice president of sales and marketing for Wohler.

DiGiGrid has appointed Germany-based Michael Mäurer to the role of European product specialist. Mäurer’s responsibilities include raising brand awareness through seminars and training, and working with dealers and distributors to promote DiGiGrid solutions. His background is in product development and implementation of complex audio products, working with companies including dBTechnologies and Music Group/Behringer.