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Movers and shakers: October 2015

New hires, dealers and distributors from October's PSNEurope magazine

Harman Professional’s solutions division has announced a change to its management structure (or “an additional layer of its new customer-centric organisational model” in Harmanese) with the introduction of new customer solutions units (CSUs) to support its existing customer-facing strategic business units (SBUs).

This new structure will be seen first in the entertainment SBU, which comprises two CSUs – retail/recording and touring/cinema – headed up by Scott Robbins (right) and Brian Divine, respectively.

Robbins is currently vice-president for global sales and has responsibility for selling Harman’s solutions division worldwide. Divine is director of marketing for Harman’s loudspeaker SBU.

“As leaders in our new customer-centric organisation, I’m confident they will build upon our success in these entertainment vertical markets and continue to develop products and systems that are optimised to meet customer and market needs,” says entertainment SBU head Bryan Bradley.

Ashly Audio has hired Ed Czarnecki (pictured) as applications engineer. Czarnecki will report to Scott Leslie, the US DSP/amplifier company’s executive vice-president, and will work with consultants, integrators and distributors to provide information and training about Ashly products.

SI software developer D-Tools has appointed Randy Stearns CEO. Stearns (pictured), founder of Engineered Environments, will focus on “fuel[ling] future growth and deliver[ing] the next generation of D-Tools’ award-winning system integration software and data solutions”.

Broadcast audio specialist Linear Acoustic has expanded its leadership staff with the hiring of industry veterans Chris Shaw as vice-president of global sales, television, and Martin Dyster as vice-president of business development/television.

Mackie has appointed Matt Redmon (pictured) director of channel marketing. The newly-created position will see Redmon responsible for “designing and implementing strategic integrated channel marketing plans” for the Mackie and Ampeg brands.

Double Emmy Award-winning foley artist Pete Burgis (pictured) has joined Pinewood Post Production. Burgis spent the last 10 years working with Glen Gathard, Pinewood’s head of recording and editorial, on film franchises including James Bond and Harry Potter.

Susie Rushden has joined UK Van Damme Cable distributor VDC Trading as sales manager. “My objective is to raise the energy levels of the team and to provide a better service from the first contact,” she comments.

ADAM Audio has announced Nordic Audio Distribution (NAD) as its new distribution partner for Finland. Alexander Sacken, the monitor manufacturer’s head of sales, says: “As our distributor for Norway, Sweden and Denmark [NAD] has already have shown an excellent performance in the Nordic regions. […] We are extremely pleased to have gained Nordic Audio Distribution as our partner for Finland as well.”

JoeCo has announced that Peter Wolff Elektroakustik (PWE) is now representing its BlackBox range of multi-channel audio recorders and players in Germany. PWE, based in Recklinghausen, has played a key role in establishing brands such as Midas and ASL Intercom in the country.

Soho-based root6 has been chosen by New Zealand company Kiwa Digital to launch its recently released VoiceQ 2.0 voice synchronisation software in the UK and RoI. VoiceQ 2.0 is a streamlined post-production cueing application designed to save time and improve accuracy with synchronised dialogue in films, television programmrs and video games.