People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry

Industry moves include promotions and hires at Eighteen Sound, Countryman Associates, Genelec, Renkus-Heinz, Audionamix and CODA Audio USA, as well as the addition of Blue CEO John Maier to the LOUD Audio board of directors.
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From left, Eighteen Sound CEO Francesco Spapperi and OEM sales director Matteo Bianchini

From left, Eighteen Sound CEO Francesco Spapperi and OEM sales director Matteo Bianchini

Coinciding with news of new corporate ownership, transducer manufacturer Eighteen Sound has appointed Francesco Spapperi CEO. He was previously the controller at B&C Speakers. Eighteen Sound and loudspeaker company Ciare were acquired by B&C Speakers in December. B&C Speakers Group CEO Lorenzo Coppini said of Spapperi’s promotion, “He has been an important part of our success in the last years. He understands our business very well, and will be a strong asset to the Eighteen Sound team.” At the same time, Eighteen Sound’s sales team has expanded with the addition of OEM sales director Matteo Bianchini, who has spent the last 10 years in the professional power amp module business.

Countryman Associates chief engineer Eric Carmichel

Eric Carmichel

Countryman Associates has appointed Eric Carmichel to the position of chief engineer. With a comprehensive background that spans physics, audio electronics, hearing science and more, Carmichel brings a rich skill set to the position, where he will be active in numerous aspects of the company’s technical operations. Among his responsibilities, he will be involved in defining feature sets for new products, working with the mechanical design team to tune the acoustic properties of new microphones and testing prototype PCBs.

Blue CEO John Maier, who joins board of directors of LOUD Audio

John Maier

Private equity firm Transom Capital has announced the appointment of John Maier to the board of directors at LOUD Audio. Maier is CEO of Blue, a designer of microphones, headphones and accessories. He helped leverage the company’s professional recording studio heritage into the consumer electronics space. Before Blue, Maier was the CEO of TC Group Americas, where he helped the Danish company build its brand’s presence in the region. Prior to TC, Maier held several leadership positions in the audio industry, including at Alesis, Guitar Center and Sound Marketing.

From left, Genelec national sales manager John Whitcore and senior technical sales manager Paul Stewart

From left, Genelec national sales manager John Whitcore and senior technical sales manager Paul Stewart

Genelec has promoted two of its key U.S. sales personnel: John Whitcore becomes national sales manager and Paul Stewart becomes senior technical sales manager. Whitcore has more than 20 years of industry experience. Previous to his time at Genelec, he managed U.S./Canadian East Coast pro audio sales for Avid Technology. He is driven by his passion for music, great sound and technology. Stewart, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, draws on nearly 20 years of experience—12 of which have been at Genelec—in professional audio sales to production facilities and individual artists. Prior to joining Genelec, he was a project consultant, providing design expertise in areas including equipment specification, layout and system integration.

Renkus-Heinz western regional sales manager Dudley McLaughlin

Dudley McLaughlin

Renkus-Heinz has appointed Dudley McLaughlin to the position of western regional sales manager. McLaughlin comes to Renkus-Heinz after several years in management positions with TC Group Americas, moving to director level after that company’s acquisition by Music Group. His more than two decades of experience in pro audio integration also includes held sales and support roles with Pacific Audio Visual, Audio Geer and Kaman Music. McLaughlin will be based out of the Renkus-Heinz offices in Foothill Ranch, CA.

Audionamix sales manager Scott Esterson

Scott Esterson

Audionamix has hired Scott Esterson, who joins the team as sales manager operating from the company’s Los Angeles area office. Esterson brings experience in the music, broadcast and post-production markets to Audionamix, where he will be responsible for sales of the company’s software products as well as speech/vocal separation services provided by Audionamix’s in-house team. His previous experience has been at brands including TS, Lexicon, Genelec, Tascam and Adam Audio.

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CODA Audio USA sales director Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor has been appointed sales director at CODA Audio USA, where he brings his more than 20 years experience in professional audio. He said of the company, “Today’s sound reinforcement challenges require not only exceptional speaker systems but also a solid platform of business solutions that have to be as wide-ranging as the scope of the work they support. I look forward to helping CODA Audio USA in this respect and establishing the brand as a leading light in the U.S. market.”