People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry

Industry moves include promotions and hires at Adam Hall Group, RTW, Shure, One Systems, Roland Professional A/V, Community Professional Loudspeakers and Sensaphonics.
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Adam Hall Group hires. From left, Gabriel Medrano, Markus Jahnel and Marcel Mieger

From left, Gabriel Medrano, Markus Jahnel and Marcel Mieger

Adam Hall Group has made a number of additions to its international sales team. Markus Jahnel, COO and managing director, will assume responsibility for Adam Hall Group’s global business development. Meanwhile, Marcel Mieger has been named sales director, Europe. A member of the Adam Hall Family for 16 years, he will now look after the firm’s European sales network.

Elsewhere, Gabriel Medrano has been named COO of the newly formed New Jersey-based Adam Hall North America, another subsidiary and local business unit of the Adam Hall Group. Together with Steven Savvides, president of Adam Hall North America, Medrano is responsible for the development of the entire business in North America. The 43 year old has demonstrated his technical expertise and leadership qualities for the company over the last 10 years, most recently as international sales manager for southern Europe and South America.

RTW has appointed Thomas Valter, formerly of TC Electronic, as the company’s new director of product management and marketing.

Thomas Valter

RTW has appointed Thomas Valter, formerly of TC Electronic, as the company’s new director of product management and marketing. Valter served as vice president of business management for the broadcast and production division of TC Electronic, and prior positions included international public relations manager and product manager; product manager for studio and post-production; and later business manager for HD and computer recording, for which he defined and drove product maps.

Shure has promoted four key sales executives. Peter James has been named vice president of global sales, pro audio; Abby Kaplan has been named vice president of global sales, retail; José Rivas has been named vice president of global sales, emerging markets; and Jim Schanz has been named vice president of global sales, integrated systems.

From left, Peter James, Abby Kaplan, José Rivas and Jim Schanz

Shure has promoted four key sales executives. Peter James has been named vice president of global sales, pro audio; Abby Kaplan has been named vice president of global sales, retail; José Rivas has been named vice president of global sales, emerging markets; and Jim Schanz has been named vice president of global sales, integrated systems.

James has spent 20 of his 30 years in the audio industry at Shure. He has been managing director of Shure Distribution UK since 2009, and since 2015 has chaired the Global Integrated Systems Board. Kaplan has been with Shure since 1998 in various sales positions. Before Shure, she worked for two pro audio companies and has a long history of working with big box and independent brick-and-mortar resellers as well as e-commerce customers. Rivas has previously served as sales and marketing director for the international Americas business unit and sales director of the Americas business unit, leading the Latin America go-to-market organization. Schanz joined Shure in 1998, serving in a number of sales roles, leading to 2011, when he took over leadership of Shure’s market development function.

One Systems has announced the restructuring of its sales department and the hire of Doug Kittle as sales manager, Eastern USA.

Doug Kittle

One Systems has announced the restructuring of its sales department and the hire of Doug Kittle as sales manager, Eastern USA. Mike Torlone, director of special projects and training, is assuming the role of sales manager, Western USA, and Garry Templin has accepted the position of director of sales, worldwide. Jennifer Barnes is stepping up as director of finance and administration.

Kittle has a wealth of experience gained both as a product manager and regional sales manager at AKG Acoustics and as the owner of a premium audio video integration company, which he opened in 2003. Kittle’s responsibilities will include working with Eastern USA rep firms, contacting acoustical consultants and heading up other specialty projects as needed.

Roland Professional A/V has named Lon Mass as director of pro A/V, and Alan Ruppert as national sales manager of pro A/V.

From left, Alan Ruppert and Lon Mass

Roland Professional A/V has named Lon Mass as director of pro A/V, and Alan Ruppert as national sales manager of pro A/V. Both Mass and Ruppert will be based in New York. Mass is an experienced sales, marketing and executive manager and has been involved in the broadcast, corporate, dealer and distributor sectors for A/V, video and display sales vertical markets throughout his career in the professional electronics industry. His former sales and management positions have been with Sony Broadcast and Professional Products Company, NEC Display Solutions and most recently JVC Professional Video. Ruppert has worked in the professional video industry for nearly 27 years. His most recent position was the director of sales for key accounts at JVCKenwood. Ruppert was employed at JVCKenwood for over 12 years and directly managed JVC Professional’s key dealer accounts and distributors.

Community Professional Loudspeakers has named Francesca Lynch to the position of marketing associate.

Francesca Lynch

Community Professional Loudspeakers has named Francesca Lynch to the position of marketing associate. Prior to her role at Community, Lynch was a content marketing specialist, using her skills in advertising, integrated marketing, event planning, public relations and social media management for eight years in the food and beverages industry. Her academic achievements include a bachelor’s degree in business from Stockton University and an MBA from Georgian Court University.

Sensaphonics has promoted Claudia Pyne to the position of artist relations/sales specialist, and started working with marketing specialist Richard Sandrok as an independent outside sales and marketing consultant.

Claudia Pyne and Richard Sandrok

Sensaphonics has promoted Claudia Pyne to the position of artist relations/sales specialist, and started working with marketing specialist Richard Sandrok as an independent outside sales and marketing consultant. Pyne has been with Sensaphonics for 15 years, starting as receptionist, then spending several years as a lab tech before moving back to “front of house” duties as primary client liaison and support. Sandrok comes to Sensaphonics with a wealth of pro audio experience, including 10 years of artist relations experience at Shure, working with many of the leading artists and sound engineers in touring sound.

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