Mira Wölfel Named Head of Sales & Planning Department at Musikmesse & Prolight + Sound

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Mira_Wölfel_(c)_Messe_FrankfurtMira 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.

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Zildjian Appoints Filonovich Cymbals Category Manager

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Victor FilonovichThe Avedis Zildjian Company has announced that Victor Filonovich has been appointed category manager, Cymbals, effective immediately.

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.

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Audix Names Doss VP of Sales & Marketing

Friday, August 5th, 2016
Chris Doss (left) & Cliff Castle

Chris Doss (left) & Cliff Castle

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.

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TASCAM Names Joe Stopka Director of Business Development

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
Joe Stopka

Joe Stopka

TASCAM has named Joe Stopka to the position of director of business development. In his new position, Stopka will be responsible for pursuing and developing new business opportunities for the Tascam brand in both live and studio music production, as well as recorded sound for film and video.

Beginning his career as a commercial and industrial music studio guitarist, composer, and producer, Stopka transitioned to sales and  marketing of MI and pro audio technologies with a U.S. AV integration and pro audio rep firm and distributor. He brings extensive expertise to his new position, based on many years of working with brands including Sony Professional, MIPRO, Electro-Voice, Eventide, and others.

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NWC Hires Attila Hajzer as Technology Support Coordinator

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

ADD3 Attila HajzerJim Norris, president of Norris-Whitney Communications Inc. (NWC), has announced the appointment of Attila Hajzer as the company’s technology support coordinator. NWC publishes Professional Sound, Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade and Professional Lighting & Production magazines.

Hajzer is a graduate of Niagara College in general arts and Science and new media web design. He is an accomplished website designer and an expert in computer software and hardware. He is also musician, playing keyboards and guitar, and is also an avid songwriter.

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Former TC Electronic VP of Marketing Takes Lead at LunaStone Guitar Pedals

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Allan Strand

Allan Strand

After 17 years with TC Electronic/TC Group, former VP of Marketing Allan Strand now invests in and takes on the role of CEO at the growing Danish guitar pedal brand LunaStone. Guitarist and engineer Steen Grøntved founded LunaStone Guitar Pedals in 2012 but quickly realized it was necessary to expand the team and that it was key to find someone experienced who could take the lead on a strategic level as well as operationally.

“I’ve known Allan Strand personally for quite some time and have always found that we shared a lot of common values and ideas,” says Grøntved. “Therefore, I am very excited that Allan believes so much in LunaStone that he not only accepted to come on board, but also decided to invest in the company and become a co-owner. Obviously, it gives me great confidence that the head of the department that marketed TC Electronic products like PolyTune, TonePrint and Ditto Looper is now a significant part of LunaStone.”

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