SGM Appoints David Keighley as Executive VP

Monday, July 11th, 2016
David Keighley (left) and SGM CEO Peter Johansen

David Keighley (left) and SGM CEO Peter Johansen

SGM has announced the appointment of David Keighley as its new executive vice president. Keighley has worked as a lighting designer, tour manager, and production manager as well as management experience as executive vice president and chief of operations for Syncrolite, managing director and CEO of PRG Europe, and managing director of light and sound design. Keighley has been involved with the Olympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2012) and worked with artists such as Madonna, Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple etc.

Keighley’s primary area of responsibility as EVP will be to work with and support designers and architects to ensure the right equipment for the job. He will be based in the U.K., but will be travelling to oversee global activities for SGM.

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SFM Hires Jean-Michel Berezoutzky as Coordinator of the TAG Group

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Jean-Michel Berezoutzky

Jean-Michel Berezoutzky

SFM has announced that Jean-Michel Berezoutzky has joined the company as the coordinator of the TAG group. SFM’s AV Technical Application Group (TAG) acts as a direct link to customers and provides training, technical support, and design assistance for installations and concepts involving SFM’s products. The TAG group is present at all levels of the sale and acts as a resource for industry professionals such as integrators, consultants, production/rental companies, and engineers.

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Hubbell Lighting Appoints John DiNardi as GM & VP of Lighting Components Business

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Hubbell Lighting has named John DiNardi as its general manager and vice president of the Hubbell Lighting Components Business. He currently heads Hubbell Lighting’s Technology and Business Development program. This move connects the solid state lighting components brands with Hubbell’s advanced technology, product and business development group, the company says.

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Wendy Luedtke Named ETC Product Technology Specialist

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Wendy LuedtkeIn February, ETC expanded its research efforts, creating the Advance Research Group (ARG) to uncover new technologies and boost current product capabilities. Now, ETC has hired Wendy Luedtke to join the ARG as a product technology specialist. She will work closely with lighting professionals to identify their most important issues, helping the ARG develop technology that tackles their problems and opens new possibilities.

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Lariviere Joins Elation as Rental & Production Market Manager

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

JeanLariviereElation Professional has announced that industry professional Jean Lariviere has joined the company’s sales team as rental and production market manager.

Elation sales director Eric Loader comments on the hiring, “We are excited that an industry veteran of Jean’s caliber is joining the Elation team. We are confident that his relationship network and industry knowledge will have a positive effect on growth in all of our territories as we continue to expand our efforts into this market.”

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Robe Appoints John Bilyk as Canadian Sales Manager

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
(L-R) Josef Valchar (Robe CEO), John Bilyk (Canadian Sales Mgr.), Bob Schacherl (CEO Robe North America) & Harry von den Stemmen, (Robe Sales Dir.)

(L-R) Josef Valchar (Robe CEO), John Bilyk (Canadian Sales Mgr.), Bob Schacherl (CEO Robe North America) & Harry von den Stemmen, (Robe Sales Dir.)

Robe North America hs announced the appointment of John Bilyk as its Canadian sales manager, effective immediately.

Most recently, Bilyk spent 15 years as the Canadian sales manager for Dallas, TX-based Vari-Lite.

Robe North America CEO Bob Schacherl says, “I’ve had the pleasure of both knowing and working with John most of my professional career. He has a deep and extensive knowledge of the Canadian market and outstanding rapport with the principal lighting designers, rental companies, and system integrators. We expect John to make an instant impact on our business in Canada.”

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Barco Announces Jan De Witte as CEO-Designate

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Barco CEO-designate Jan De Witte

Barco CEO-designate Jan De Witte

Barco has announced that CEO Eric Van Zele plans to retire later this year. In anticipation of Van Zele’s retirement, the board appointed Jan De Witte, a former corporate officer of the General Electric Company, as CEO-designate. Jan De Witte will join Barco’s Core Leadership Team in June 2016 to effectively take over as CEO as of Oct. 1, 2016. Van Zele will continue to serve on the board of directors to ensure continuity of leadership and strategic focus for the company.

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Solotech Opens Nashville Office

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Solotech Nashville's Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Solotech Nashville’s Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Pursuing its expansion plan in North America, Solotech announced the opening of a new office in Nashville, TN. Led by Paul Owen, the office will develop new business opportunities in international touring and special events.

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Solotech Appoints Rob Poretti as Director of Integration Sales for Toronto Office

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

news_mar_2016_Rob_Poretti_nominationSolotech has named Rob Poretti as the new director of sales for the Integration Division at the Toronto office. Poretti joins the company with 30-plus years of experience in the broadcast, production, and post-production industries, and he will lead the Toronto sales team with the primary goal of expanding Solotech’s presence in the GTA market.

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Christie Appoints Former BlackBerry Exec

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
Gary Klassen

Gary Klassen

Christie has announced that Gary Klassen has joined Christie as the director of solutions software. Klassen will focus on growing a development team to expand Christie’s software capabilities, which will enable the creation of shared experiences such as large-scale projection mapping projects. He will be based in Kitchener, ON.

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