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Industry moves: company appointments for October

We reveal the personnel changes across the pro-AV industry for September/October.

Absen extends its reach in the sports sector

Absen has announced the appointment of Thomas Peterfaj (pictured above) as the company’s new senior director sports for the European market. In this newly created role he will be responsible for supporting the brand’s growing presence in the sports industry and promoting its digital signage and perimeter pitch solutions dedicated to stadiums and arenas.

Peterfaj has a decade of experience in the sports industry. Before joining Absen, he was the director of marketing operations at SPORTFIVE, specialising in project planning and co-ordination in Europe for LED perimeter boards.

Prior to that, he worked as a project manager for German company APA, a European leader in the production of advertising for the sports industry. “I look forward to helping Absen in strengthening its presence in the sports industry,” enthused Peterfaj. “Absen has an ambitious strategy for this market, and knowing the quality of the products, I am confident it has the means to achieve its objectives.” With Euro 2016 just around the corner, Absen is setting the right foundations to reach the goal of becoming the leader in display solutions for the stadium industry.”


George Koumis has been appointed technical business development manager with a focus on Calibre’s OEM business and sales channels in the Americas. He is based in Sacramento and will focus on building OEM relationships. Koumis’ previous experience includes time at General Electric and Barco.


Marco Bompani has been named channel account manager Italy. Reporting to Myriam Calaber, southern Europe & Mediterranean sales director at Exterity, Bompani will offer specialist support for existing customers and partners as well as helping to expand activity in the country. Bompani previously spent time at ZeeVee, ATS Group, SITE and more.


Dan Wills has rejoined Helvar as senior strategic product manager for lighting controls. He previously spent six years at the company before moving to Havells Sylvania and the Wandsworth Group. His new role will be to develop and implement the global strategic product and marketing plan for the Lighting Controls Business Unit.

Listen Technologies

Maile L Keone is now vice president of sales and marketing at Listen Technologies. This appointment builds on her previous responsibilities as VP of marketing and sees her role significantly expanded. Keone is now responsible for ensuring exceptional customer experience and serving as chief steward of the Listen brand.

VDC Trading

Susie Rushden has joined VDC Trading in the role of sales manager. She has worked in a sales management, development and training role for several major UK companies and counts motivation, training and sales psychology as her main areas of expertise.

Cadac has appointed Tommex as its exclusive distributor for Poland. The agreement was signed following Cadac’s launch of its CDC six console, a product for which Tommex envisages significant demand among its customer base.

Optoma has formed a new distribution partnership with IT distributor Disway for its operations in Morocco. Mohsin Abakhti, Optoma manager Middle East, Turkey & Africa, said: “With Disway’s expertise in the markets of French-speaking countries, we will look to increase our presence across north and mid-Africa.”

Comm-Tec has been named as the official distribution and solutions partner of Teracue. Described by Comm-Tec general manager Carsten Steinecker as “nothing less than a new era at Comm-Tec”, the partnership includes the entire Teracue product line.

Lang has formed a new partnership with interactive multitouch applications provider eyefactive. The collaboration between the two companies will generate a range of complete touch solutions consisting of hardware and software. eyefactive AppSuite has already been integrated into Lang’s portfolio.