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.)
Lingfield (pictured) is currently transferring his existing responsibilities to long-serving sales manager Simon Bull.
Bissett-Powell will retain involvement with Martin Audio as a consultant and will also support the company's presence in China by becoming 'Ambassador to the Region'.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team that I've had the privilege of working alongside over the last 17 years," he commented. "We have built a business that has been consistently profitable with strong business partners, superior engineering skills and excellent relationships."
Ten years after he joined Martin Audio, Lingfield is now preparing for a more fluid role that, in the short-term, will find him focusing on the development of a new, as-yet-unspecified product.
"I have been working in the industry since 1972, and the period at Martin has been absolutely wonderful," Lingfield tells PSN-e. "The company has grown at a considerable rate [throughout], and I can't think of a nicer team to have worked with."
Nonetheless, Lingfield - who was re-elected to the role of PLASA chair in December - is looking forward to a more flexible future within Martin Audio. His priorities for 2009 include "talking about and canvassing opinion on" a new product that is due for release towards the end of the year.
"It's a big projects for us - lots of software and electronics - and it's really important that we get it right," he says.
Looking forward, Lingfield says that Martin Audio is in "very capable hands" and also sounds optimistic about the future prospects of parent company LOUD Technologies, lately the subject of well-publicised difficulties. Asked whether he feels LOUD is now stabilising after its recent turmoil, Lingfield responds: "David and I both feel they are getting on top of [the problems] and that despite the economic climate they will be a force to be reckoned with."