Full Compass has appointed Susan Butera as its new vice president of marketing. In the new role, she will lead the marketing team, drawing on her background in brand strategy and both digital and catalog marketing as she focuses on acquiring new customers, retaining existing customers, communicating the brand value proposition and more. Butera most recently served as chief marketing officer for AccuQuilt in Omaha, NE. Prior to that, she was the vice president of brand marketing for Edible Arrangements. She previously held executive roles in marketing and e-commerce variously for Olly Shoes, Deb Shops and Ascena Retail Group. She received a BA in sociology and theater from the University of Rhode Island, and an MBA from LaSalle University (Philadelphia).
d&b audiotechnik has added Leland Green to its regional sales team. Based in the Los Angeles area, he is responsible for managing the company’s footprint in the southern part of the western United States. Green brings more than 25 years of audio industry experience with him, including an extensive background in training and education of professional audio products and systems.
Also new at d&b is Mark Rush, who has joined the regional education and application support team. Based in Orange County, CA, Rush is responsible for providing technical and application support and training to integrators and end users the southern part of the western U.S. Previously Rush was a top systems application engineer at Nexo for the U.S. and Canada. He also spent nine years with Yamaha Commercial Audio.
Shure Inc. has promoted two key executives. Brian Woodland has been named vice president of business development, and Pat Knoll has been promoted to associate vice president of global facilities.
Woodland joined Shure in 2002 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in strategic planning and global business development. During that time, he was responsible for several of the company’s acquisitions, and he manages Shure’s partnerships in joint business ventures. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA in marketing from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University.
Meanwhile, Knoll joined Shure in 2005. She leads an international team responsible for all acquisition, leasing, construction, maintenance, disposition and activities associated with company offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and other facilities worldwide. She has led other major undertakings including the design and construction of the S.N. Shure Theater and the Great Hall history exhibit in Shure’s corporate headquarters. She has more than 30 years of experience in corporate real estate and facilities management, and has studied business at Morton College and general studies at College of DuPage.
Group One Ltd., the U.S. distributor for numerous pro audio manufacturers, has named Kyle McMahon as its new training and support associate for DiGiCo and the KLANG:technologies, XTA and MC 2 brands. He has spent the past dozen years serving as monitor engineer and FOH engineer for CCM star Chris Tomlin, and has also toured as a freelance engineer with Hillsong Worship, OneRepublic and others. At Group One, McMahon will handle on-site customer training following purchases and will expand and develop DiGiCo’s Masters Series training.
Sweetwater has brought on Bob “Shep” Shepherd to fill the newly created position of vice president of merchandising. Shepherd will help oversee a team of more than 20 people focused on continuous improvement in category performance and inventory management. He is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist, and has spent the last 18 years in the music retail industry.
API has brought Steven G. Christensen aboard as the newest member of its engineering department, specializing in digital technology. Christensen has been in the audio industry for 30 years, beginning as a high-capacity telecom chip designer. He was also part of the original Pro Tools development team, inventing and implementing the TDM system architecture. Christensen went on to work for Telex, designing its ADAM digital matrix intercom system, before starting his own companies focusing on digital audio.
Yamaha Professional Audio has appointed Phil Sanchez and Tres Cozad to its Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) team. Sanchez has been named market development specialist. A veteran of the musical instrument and professional audio industries, Sanchez has held roles in marketing communications, product development, and product management most recently with Harman Pro and QSC.
Tres Cozad has been hired as technical marketing specialist for CIS product training, demos, and day-to-day customer support at Yamaha Professional Audio. Prior to joining the team, he served as a technical director for a large, two campus faith-based congregation where he managed and designed an AVL package for the 27,000 square foot building’s refurbishment. Cozad also facilitated an upgrade from an analog audio system to a cross-campus Dante audio system. He also spent several years as a tour sound engineer with Christian recording artists including Sixteen Cities, Remy Drive, John Reuben, Silverline and madeAvail.