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."