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Industry moves: key appointments and partnerships for September

We reveal the key appointments and new partnership agreements from across the AV industry for August and September.

d&b creates advisory board to develop strategic growth

d&b audiotechnik has announced the formation of a new advisory board which has been appointed to support the strategy implementation process at the company. A number of high calibre professionals from both inside and outside the industry have been appointed.

Occupying the role of chairman is Dr Rolf Hagemann (pictured left), ex-CFO and deputy CEO of Media-Saturn, a leading consumer electronics retailer. Prior to this, Hagemann spent 12 years with BMW AG in a number of top management positions, including his final role as CFO and executive vice president of BMW North America.

Joining Hagemann on the board are Paul Whiting (pictured right), former president of global sales of Sennheiser and member of the Sennheiser Executive Committee, and David Claringbold, former director of the Sydney Opera House. Whiting, with his background in global sales, will support d&b with its go-to-market and globalisation strategy as part of d&b’s continuing internationalisation, while Claringbold will draw on his experience at the Sydney Opera House where he implemented sweeping changes and major technical upgrades to drive significant revenue growth. Claringbold will support d&b in further developing its segment strategy with a particular focus on the installation market.

Holovis names Baz Slatter as business development director

Baz Slatter has joined Holovis from Picsolve to help lead the further expansion of the Holovis Extended Experience offering.

Slatter brings over 25 years of commercial, product and marketing experience along with a strong record of driving innovative companies forward into new areas.

Slatter will play a major role deploying the go-to-market strategy for the Holovis Extended Experience platform, which is currently being adopted across the attractions industry to interconnect every experience within theme parks.

“I have formed a real passion for combining the application of innovative technologies with consumers in the attractions and leisure industries, that’s what initially appealed to me about joining Holovis,” said Slatter.

Stuart Hetherington, CEO of Holovis explained: “Baz Slatter joining will enable us to combine his expertise and experience around running major park-wide contracts with the implementation of this next-generation addition to the total guest experience.”


Chris Doss will oversee the sales and marketing department in his new role as vice president of sales and marketing. A 25-year veteran of the industry, Doss’ prior roles include MD of the Monterey Jazz Festival and founding marketing executive of the AT&T Performing Arts Centre in Dallas.


René Mørch has returned to DPA as a product manager; he previously worked as research & development manager from 2006-2009. As product manager, Mørch will act as the bridge between the sales, marketing and research & development, and will take an active role on the management team.


Alberto Mantovani is now engineering manager at Renkus-Heinz. Mantovani, a senior engineer with more than 30 years of expertise in the technology sector, held high-level sales and technical marketing positions with Rockwell Semiconductors Systems in Europe before moving to California in 1997, where he co-founded two high-tech enterprises.

Smart Monkeys

Jason Pontius has joined the show control specialists as senior manager, special projects. His appointment marks continued expansion at the company, which has been growing its technical team. In his new role, Pontius will be involved in the design, deployment and servicing of large-scale projects.

New Partners

Powersoft has appointed Audiobrains as its new Japanese distributor. The Italian manufacturer’s products join a distribution portfolio that already includes brands such as Martin Audio, Symetrix and beyerdynamic.

Atempo is now the distributor of Community Professional Loudspeakers in Turkey. According to Community, Atempo was chosen for the strong synergy it offers in key vertical market sectors.

QSC has named Equipos y Cintas as its distribution partner in Mexico, representing the QSC Professional division and providing the company’s portfolio of products and solutions to customers throughout the region.

Martin Professional Middle East is now distributing the full Harman portfolio in Saudi Arabia. The company was already a strategic partner in the Gulf and Middle East region and has already enjoyed success in bringing Harman’s Martin lighting and AMX brands to the area.