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People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for November 2018

Industry moves this month include promotions and hires at Neutrik, d&b audiotechnik, Radial Engineering, Apogee Electronics, Renkus-Heinz, Yamaha Professional Audio, Universal Music Group, Lawo and Powersoft.

Janet Tufo

Neutrik USA has promoted Janet Tufo to the newly created position of marketing director, with responsibility for all marketing and brand activities in the U.S. market. She reports to Peter Milbery, president of Neutrik USA. Tufo joined the company in 2013 as office coordinator, having previously managed marketing and operations for a family business, and was promoted to marketing and communications manager. In her new role, Tufo will interact with Neutrik’s headquarters in Liechtenstein, supporting the global corporate identity

Michael Weirich (left) and Marc Lopez

d&b audiotechnik has announced appointments to two management roles, with industry veteran Marc Lopez joining as vice president of marketing Americas and Michael Weirich being promoted to vice president of education and application support Americas. Lopez, based in Orange County, CA, now leads d&b’s U.S.-based marketing team and is responsible for marketing activities in North, Central and South America. He brings to d&b more than 20 years of experience working with Yamaha Corporation of America in applications support, product management, R&D and, for more than a decade, marketing management. Until recently, he served as the director of marketing for Yamaha, where he had established initiatives including consultant development programs, education programs, major events and digital campaigns.

Weirich has served for more than four years as the d&b support team manager. Prior to that, he worked as general manager for Specialized Audio Visual Inc. in Clifton Park, NY. Weirich is responsible for building a territory EAS organization and developing the team.

Craig “Hutch” Hutchison

Radial Engineering has hired Craig “Hutch” Hutchison as a senior design engineer to develop new products. Starting as an FOH engineer for the Guess Who and Burton Cummings, he became chief engineer at Electric Lady Studios in New York. Later, at Manley Labs, he was chief designer, responsible for numerous well-known products. Recruited to join Rupert Neve Designs, he spent five years there, and has also consulted and designed for companies such as Fredenstein, Adamson, SSL, A-Designs, Waves and BAE.

Andrew Duafala

Apogee Electronics has named Andrew Duafala director of sales. Duafala has a range of experience in sales in the professional audio market, and most recently he was the national sales director at IK Multimedia. Over the years, he’s also worked with brands such as Emu, Euphonix, Stanton Group, Gibson, GoPro and IK Multimedia.

Chad DeFranco

Renkus-Heinz has named Chad DeFranco as its new loudspeaker systems engineer. DeFranco grew up in the audio industry, having mixed front-of-house and worked with sound systems since he was 11 years old. He went on to found DeFranco Productions, where he designed and installed sound reinforcement systems and more. Recently, he served as an audio system and acoustic engineer at Pure Groove Systems. DeFranco has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Florida State University and is a member of the IEEE and the Audio Engineering Society.

Steve Mate

Yamaha Professional Audio has appointed Steve Mate district manager for commercial audio and Nexo sales. He will cover northern/central CA, AZ, NV, OR and UT as part of the continued expansion of the Yamaha Commercial Audio sales team. Mate previously held positions at Bogen/Apogee, TOA and Genesis Integration. He has also earned accreditation as a NICET Certified Engineering Technologist (CT) and holds Audinate Dante Level 3 certification.

Giles Martin

Producer, composer and arranger Giles Martin has been named to a newly-created position as head of audio and sound for Universal Music Group (UMG). He will be based in Abbey Road Studios in London, where he will lead UMG’s adoption of emerging audio formats and consumer technologies, as well as examine new audio technologies and potential partnerships with manufacturers and technology companies. Martin is also expected to help production personnel focus on fidelity and encourage UMG artists to use the company’s studios, including Abbey Road and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

Phil Myers

Phil Myers has joined Lawo as senior director of IP systems. In this newly created role, Myers will coordinate the IP product portfolio and core technology development across the Lawo business, and will support the advisory board with strategic and technology direction. He previously held the role of IP product manager for SAM (Snell Advanced Media) and Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. Additionally, Myers has held technical product management and head of technology positions at Pinnacle Systems (now part of Avid Technology), Sony and CVP.

Rick Woida

Powersoft has appointed Rick Woida to the position of application engineer for the U.S. and Canada. In this role, Woida will provide end-user support for the entire Powersoft product line and will assist with everything from system design to specifying correct amplifiers for specific installations, while providing application support. Prior to joining the Powersoft team, Woida worked as an application engineer at Adamson Systems Engineering for two years, where he was in charge of technical support and training for the U.S. market. He also owns an audio consulting design company, Summation Audio, which focuses on the fields of sound reinforcement and acoustical engineering.