Barix has announced that the company has promoted Reto Brader to CEO, following a successful tenure as VP of sales and marketing. The change in company leadership correlates with the availability of new products that Barix introduced in 2018, including its RetailPlayer platform for background music distribution.
The remaining Barix management team, which has worked together effectively for the past several years, will continue in their established roles with full support from Brader. This includes company founder Johannes Rietschel as CTO, Joan Parrilla as VP engineering, and Mario Almeida as VP production.
Barix has invested heavily in the development of its next generation products that follow the latest IoT architecture, and that support the highest internet security standards. With Rietschel behind product development and Brader driving marketing strategy, 2018 also saw the introduction of the IPAM 400, a quad-core Linux-based IP audio module for OEMs and developers; Instreamer ICE, Barix’s first AAC+ encoder with an integrated Icecast server; and AudioPoint 3.0, Barix’s low-latency audio-to-mobile streaming platform.
Effective immediately, the Barix board has appointed Brader as CEO to seize the market opportunities afforded through these innovations. Before joining Barix as VP sales and marketing, Brader held key business and technical roles at Hewlett Packard, Pixelmetrix, Utah Scientific and Alcatel.
“Reto knows the market and has demonstrated his strength in building and managing the distribution channel and key customer relationships,” said Rietschel. “His many years at the frontline in the worldwide AV and broadcast markets are key assets to Barix.”
“It is now important that the entire company is focused on leveraging first market success of our new products to build on recent successes, and continue to drive global business growth,” commented Brader.
Barix headquarters in Zurich remains the hub for further product development, marketing and support for its product line. “A key area of our business is to help customers integrate our modules and solutions into their system,” said Rietschel. “This is very support-intensive, and we are proud to be recognised for excellence in that area.”
While Barix will continue to focus on its core markets, Rietschel and Brader’s leadership positions will play a central role in moving Barix forward into new areas of opportunity for IP audio and control solutions. Departing CEO Ivo Killer will leave Barix following a three-year tenure.
“We thank Ivo for his years of excellent service and wish him well in his future endeavours,” said Rietschel. “I’m excited about what we have achieved in the last three years, and I look forward to working closely with the new executive team in order to bring all our new and exciting innovations to market, as well as to better serve our global systems integration, end user and OEM customer base.”