Christie has announced that Ernest (Ernie) Bakenie has joined Christie as Senior director of entertainment. Reporting to Bryan Boehme, executive director of Americas enterprise sales and global business development, Bakenie will work closely with the themed entertainment market and be based in Orlando, Florida.
Bakenie joins Christie as a seasoned executive having worked closely with theme parks, museums, and other entertainment attractions around the world during the past 25 years. His leadership roles include Showscan Entertainment, Kraftwerk Living Technologies, and previously, director, entertainment sales, APAC at Christie.
In his new role, Bakenie will be responsible for working closely with customers and partners to create best-in-class solutions and drive growth in Christie’s themed entertainment business.
“We’re excited to have Ernie back with Christie,” said Boehme. “Ernie’s passion for the themed entertainment market has taken him around the world, and his experience working closely with major theme parks and attractions will make him a major asset to our team.”
Bakenie’s relocation to Orlando will ensure he is well-placed to meet the needs of the industry. “I’m thrilled to be back at Christie,” he enthused. “This opportunity allows me to use my unique background working in the themed entertainment industry to deliver the solutions that create awe-inspiring experiences.
“There is no better industry to work with than themed entertainment, and I’m excited to help Christie’s clients create the thrills and excitement that audiences love.”