A series of significant personnel changes have come to light at console manufacturer Midas, which was acquired by Behringer parent company The MUSIC Group in 2010.
After a period of speculation and rumour, 17 June brought the confirmation that long-serving Midas/Klark Teknik managing director John Oakley (pictured) had departed the organisation at the beginning of June.
In a brief statement, the MUSIC Group further confirmed that Midas/Klark Teknik are now ‘undergoing a restructuring of the management team’ to accommodate Oakley’s exit and allow for ‘better integration’ within the shared services of the MUSIC Group. Indeed, a call to the former M/KT facility in Walter Nash Road in Kidderminster reveals that it is now referred to as MUSIC Group Research UK Ltd.
Ian Riley – who joined Midas/KT from Harman earlier this year – becomes VP operations and R&D, while Jonathan Chitty is VP of customer support, a new division to handle day-to-day commercial and financial matters. Alex Cooper – head of design at Midas/KT, and the brains behind the XL8 and other large format consoles – has joined XTA Electronics/MC2 Audio in the role of R&D manager on but will be acting as a consultant for Midas and Klark Teknik for one day a month until the end of November. Cooper has worked with XTA directors John Austin and Terry Clarke in the past.
Midas and KT are also said to be seeking R&D engineers, product manager and industrial designers ‘to carry the brands forward’. The combined investment of $20m in a dedicated manufacturing facility for the brands and SMT/optical inspection systems was also highlighted, as was the creation of an R&D ‘centre of excellence’ in Manchester.
Uli Behringer, CEO of the MUSIC Group, commented: “I am sad to see John leave the company after all he as done for Midas and Klark Teknik. We wish him all the best for the future. With the strong team we have in place now, Midas and Klark Teknik [are] already seeing a strong increase in revenue streams and the volume of products shipped such as the new Venice F, which is in full mass production.”
The statement added that ‘several new product launches’ are due later this year.