Robe Lighting launches French subsidiary under MD Garros14 January 2015
Czech lighting manufacturer Robe Lighting s.r.o. has announced the launch of a new subsidiary, Robe Lighting France S.A.S, headquartered in Paris.
Robe Lighting France will be led by two senior managers. Managing director Bruno Garros – who has previously worked at Martin Professional and, more recently, audio manufacturer APG – will work alongside Elie Battah, who as business development manager for France, will spearhead the parent company’s business plan.
The new subsidiary is part of Robe Lighting’s planned medium-term expansion strategy following strong worldwide trading in recent years. Robe Lighting France joins four other Robe-owned operations worldwide – in the UK, US, UAE and Singapore.
Also responsible for Robe Lighting France will be Ingo Dombrowski, key account manager Europe who has already been active in the territory for several years, and international sales director Harry von den Stemmen, coordinator of Robe’s global sales operations.
Harry von den Stemmen commented: “We are delighted to have someone of Bruno’s calibre onboard. He is a great communicator with extensive knowledge and experience in the world of moving lights. With a dedicated sales and support operation now fully focused on France, we look forward to growing our business and visibility in this key European market.”
Bruno Garros stated, “I am extremely excited to be joining Robe. The brand’s success in recent years has been truly impressive together with Robe’s reputation for innovation and zeal for the future. I see great potential for success in this proactive, client-centric business model and look forward to being part of the team”.
Josef Valchar, CEO/managing director of Robe Lighting s.r.o. added: “We welcome Bruno to the Robe family and look forward to a long and successful working relationship based on a combination of personality and reputation, plus a full range of highly versatile, quality, next-generation products suitable for the large and dynamic range of entertainment industry sectors in France”.
Elie Battah said: “Following the continued success of Robe Middle East, I am excited to be starting another new challenge in France, and very happy that Bruno and I will be collaborating to run the company. We have a great synergy. While he is well known in the French market, familiar with many customers and offering numerous contacts, I have extensive knowledge of the products and Robe’s operational structure. As a team – and as part of the wider Robe family – Robe Lighting France S.A.S. can look forward to a highly positive and successful future.”