Crest's Frohn rings the changes

UK/GERMANY: After 14 years, Jochen Frohn has left his role heading up Crest Audio's EMEA office, writes David Davies. Rather than opting to replace Frohn (pictured) at Crest's office in Germany, the amplifier, console and speaker brand has decided to "consolidate" the EMEA part of its operation at parent company Peavey's European HQ in Corby, UK.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on

UK/GERMANY: After 14 years, Jochen Frohn has left his role heading up Crest Audio's EMEA office, writes David Davies. Rather than opting to replace Frohn (pictured) at Crest's office in Germany, the amplifier, console and speaker brand has decided to "consolidate" the EMEA part of its operation at parent company Peavey's European HQ in Corby, UK.

Frohn, meanwhile, is believed to be taking up a position at a major French manufacturer shortly.

Sales and marketing assistant Melanie Becker, who worked with Frohn, has already relocated to Corby.

Crest/Peavey and Frohn emphasised that the split is entirely amicable, and it is clear that both parties retain fond memories of the past decade-and-a-half.

"After many rewarding and successful years with Crest Audio, Jochen has been offered an exciting new challenge with another audio company," says Dave Bearman, Peavey Europe's sales and marketing manager. "Rather than replace Jochen in the Crest EMEA office in Germany we have chosen to consolidate this operation in our European HQ in Corby_ Jochen has been an important part of Crest Audio over many years and both parties are sad at the ending of the relationship. We all wish him success and happiness in his new role."

Mark Pinske, COO of Crest Audio, told PSN-e during the AES show in San Francisco that "Jochen [has left us] a hard pair of shoes to fill. He was a class act."

"I can only say good about that part of my life," adds Frohn. "I have worked with great people and we have enjoyed great success - from the successful launch of Crest consoles to a leadership position in contracting with the NexSys controllable CKi line of amps. We will be the prime amplifier brand in the Soccer World Cup in South Africa 2010 with eight of ten stadiums ordered and shipped. And one is still out for tender_

"And then one day I met [L-Acoustics CEO] Christian Heil, and this is where the new story will start."

Web
» www.crestaudio.com
» www.l-acoustics.com

Related

Midas and Klark Teknik ring the changes

UK/USA: The companies have altered their distribution arrangements in the UK, USA and Canada, writes David Davies. As of July 1, Midas Consoles North America is serving as the exclusive distribution channel for Midas and Klark Teknik in the USA and Canada, while UK distribution is being handled in-house at the firms' Kidderminster HQ.

UK Post & Services announces name change

UK: Film and broadcast service industry trade body UK Post & Services has revealed that it will henceforth be known as UK Screen Association. The new moniker is intended to reflect several changes in both the organisation and the industry it represents, reports PSN-e.

Yamaha announces senior UK team changes

UK: Andrew Kemble is to take up a new role leading Yamaha's Emerging Markets Group, writes David Davies. Kemble (pictured) has been a pivotal figure in the development of Yamaha in the UK for more than three decades. His replacement as Yamaha Music UK (YMUK) managing director will be Megumu (Mike) Matsumoto, previously the deputy marketing director for Yamaha's European Commercial Audio business.

Martin Audio announces senior team changes

UK: David Bissett-Powell and Rob Lingfield (pictured) are leaving their present roles, but will remain involved with the company, writes David Davies. Bissett-Powell is stepping down as MD after 17 years, the last of which saw him share the role with finance director Anthony Taylor, who has now taken over the helm completely. (His departure was discussed in the exclusive interview with Taylor in the January issue of PSNE.)

Barack Obama rings the 'changes' with JBL and MIPRO

US: JBL VerTec line array systems and MIPRO wireless microphones have been utilised during recent campaign events featuring Barack Obama, who at the time of writing is continuing to battle a seemingly resurgent Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Among the most impactful of Obama's many campaign rallies was the 'Stand For Change' event at Phoenix Veterans Memorial Stadium in Arizona, where the sound system was provided and overseen by locally-based On Cue Systems, reports David Davies.

Sonifex signs new distributor for Germany

UK: Broadcast audio specialist Sonifex has confirmed a new distribution arrangement in Germany. As of April 1st, the company will now be distributed exclusively in the country by Orange Tec, who will be working from an office in Stuttgart, reports PSN-e.

Obama: that day of change in full

US: There was no denying the remarkable variety of audio technology in use on inauguration day, writes David Davies. As previously reported on PSN-e, numerous manufacturers' equipment was deployed at events during the long electoral campaign, but now the full extent of the pro-audio technology employed on inauguration day has become clear.