Celestion, a U.K.-based manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers and professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement applications, has announced the appointment of Claudia Haase as distribution manager for North America. In her new role, Haase, who is based out of the Celestion office in New Jersey, will work together with Celestion’s sales and distribution partners to optimize their offerings throughout North America. Celestion is distributed in Canada by McBride Loudspeaker Source.
Steve Kosters, CEO of Intellimix and AVL Media Group, has announced that industry veteran Andrew Hope has joined the company in the role of managing director for AVL. Hope comes to AVL after spending more than 25 years with GerrAudio Distribution.
“Bringing with him over 30 years of varied experience in all aspects of professional audio and communications; Andrew enjoys an enviable industry-wide reputation for his professionalism, business acumen, and solution-oriented approach. We at AVL are thrilled to welcome Andrew as managing director,” says Kosters.
KMC Music has announced the appointment of industry veteran Terri Shaw to the position of director of sales for the KMC Division, JAM Industries LTD, with primary responsibility for supporting and expanding sales programs with key national accounts that include Amazon, Guitar Center, and Musician’s Friend, among others, according to KMC Music Vice President of Sales James Tsaptsinos, to whom she reports.
“Terri is an experienced sales professional who brings more than 20 years of industry experience to her new position at KMC Music,” Tsaptsinos says. “She will play a major role in helping us to further develop and expand our strategic programs and day-to-day operations with key national accounts. Terri brings a proven track record of success to KMC that is certain to benefit all of our retail partners.”
Mira Wölfel has assumed responsibility for the new Sales & Planning Department of Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound. She is now responsible for the sales activities, customer support, and planning and organisation of the two fairs with particular emphasis given to opening up new markets and customer segments. In this position, Wölfel reports to Michael Biwer, Group Show Director of the ‘Entertainment, Media & Creative Industries’ Business Unit.
Wölfel studied International Relations at Saint Joseph University in Beirut and has been with the Messe Frankfurt Group since 2005. She initially worked in the Visitor Services Department before moving to sales in 2011. As sales manager in the ‘Consumer Goods’ Business Unit, she was responsible for the consumer-goods fair, Ambiente, and the related Tendence trade fair. In July 2015, she moved to the Prolight + Sound Sales Team where, most recently, she was in charge of the audio section.
Filonovich joins Zildjian from Latin Percussion and brings over 25 years of experience working with artists, dealers, distributors and consumers on developing compelling drum/percussion products and successful sales programs.
Filonovich was recently the global director of product management for both Latin Percussion and Toca Percussion. Filonovich worked at LP for 24 years, managing and leading the development and implementation of numerous new products including five U.S. Patents. Prior to LP, Filonovich worked for Pearl Drums.
Microphone manufacturer Audix has announce that Chris Doss has joined the company as VP of sales and marketing. Doss will oversee the sales and marketing department with direct responsibility for the development and implementation of sales, branding, messaging, and market/product development efforts for domestic as well as international markets.
“We are very excited to have Chris join the Audix team. His acumen includes a proven track record of excellence in strategic sales and marketing. While Cliff steps out to finally enjoy the retirement milestone, Chris embarks upon his journey with Audix during an exciting period of innovation and growth,” says Cindy Bigeh, CFO for Audix.