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Ashly Audio has announced that industry veteran Scott Leslie will join the company as executive vice president. Ashly and its parent company, JAM Industries, are committed to a new growth strategy and they are drawing on Leslie’s vision, experience, and leadership to help execute it. In the newly-created position, Leslie reports to Ashly CEO and president Mark Wentling and oversees the R&D, marketing, and the North American sales divisions.

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Focusrite Novation Inc. has announced several new appointments. The announcement was made by Phil Wagner, president of Focusrite Novation Inc., underscoring the ongoing growth and expansion of the Focusrite and Novation brands and their sales channels in the U.S.

Industry veteran Michael Prager has joined Focusrite Novation Inc. as Focusrite national sales manager. Prager comes to Focusrite with a wealth of experience in Pro Audio. He was most recently with Adam Audio as their director of sales. Prior to that, Michael was the Guitar Center Recording category manager.  

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Wenger Corporation has named Jeffrey L. Jollay as vice president of Marketing and Product Development.

Jollay brings Wenger over 30 years of experience in marketing, sales, engineering and operations across diverse industries, with a successful track record managing employee teams and complex products for major global corporations.

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HARMAN Professional has appointed David McKinney as vice president and GM of HARMAN’s Mixer Business Unit, where he will lead the global operations of the Soundcraft and Studer brands. Filling McKinney’s previous position of senior director and general manager of China Operations for HARMAN Professional will be Frank Xiao, who brings more than 15 years experience in the professional AV industry to his new role.

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Yamaha has appointed Dave Gerhart as product manager for the company’s Percussion Department, Band & Orchestral Division. He will report to Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments.

 “Dave brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and education to this position,” said Garth Gilman, general manager, Band & Orchestral Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “As a music educator and performer, his background helps Yamaha further the goal of spreading the joys and benefits of music education and gives him the ability to talk shop with the most knowledgeable percussionists.”

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US Music Corp. has hired Jonathan Lee as director of product design and development for guitars. Lee has more than 20 years of experience as a luthier of high quality acoustic guitars, combined with expertise of creating production facilities to manufacture acoustic guitars.

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Orange Amplification promoted James Garza to national sales manager, effective January 1st 2015.
 
Garza joined Orange in November 2013 as a West Coast regional sales manager and already he has contributed towards Orange’s significant growth in the U.S. over the past two years. His new responsibilities will see him covering the entire U.S. region and will be reporting to sales director Antony Gunter.
 


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HARMAN Professional has announced a new leadership team for AKG’s professional business.  Having previously appointed Bryan Bradley, general manager of HARMAN Professional’s loudspeaker business unit, to lead AKG in July 2014 and at the same time signaling its intent to appoint sales and marketing leadership in Northridge, the company today named Karam Kaul as director of marketing and Eric Boyer, vice president of Worldwide Sales.

Boyer and Kaul will both be based out of HARMAN Professional Division’s Northridge, California headquarters and will work closely with the AKG team in Vienna, Austria. The AKG home base in Vienna will be managed by Martin Thaler, head of AKG Austria GmbH. 

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Krell Industries, LLC has announced the immediate appointment of John Milton as the new Western regional sales manager. Milton joins Krell with a wealth of experience including the director of sales at BitWise Controls where he helped grow sales over 100 sales in a three-year period. As Krell's regional sales manager, John's responsibilities will include monitoring and participating in sales activities from the Rocky Mountains to the greater West Coast region. 

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LOUD Technologies Music Gear Group has announced the appointment of Jason Tan to the position of Mackie product specialist for the APAC Region. Based in Singapore, Tan joins LOUD after more than 20 years in the professional audio industry.

In addition to a lengthy career in live sound and recording, Tan is the founder of Eastwardaudio, one of the region's major production facilities, where he oversaw productions for Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI, Pony Canyon, and other major labels, as well as film scores and corporate clients including Coca Cola, Lexus, Hitachi, and Motorola. Singapore's National Arts Council also appointed Tan as a mentor to their youth music program.

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