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.
In 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.
Elation 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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Solotech 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.
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.
Gaetan Fournier has joined Intellimix/AVL Media Group as service department manager.
Fournier has more than 15 years experience in the pro market service field. The company says Fournier’s experience in customer service and insight of the needs for the pro market support is a welcomed addition to its team and that its customers will benefit from his expertise.
Niscon Inc., a division of Show Distribution Corp. that specializes in the design, engineering, and implementation of motion control systems for the entertainment industry, has welcomed Marc Beaudry to its to its project management and sales department. Beaudry has 30-plus years’ experience as a manager in the planning and delivery of technically complex and large-scale live entertainment in both touring and permanent facilities.