Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is hiring its first chief marketing officer (CMO) to lead the company's global marketing strategies and initiatives. Evan Jones is tasked with building deeper consumer connections with Fender® and its portfolio of brands.

"Hiring our first CMO is another milestone in our long-term plan to continue to engage consumers in unique ways with the Fender brand. We are incredibly excited to have Evan's multi-brand experience, leadership and passion for Fender leading our strategic marketing efforts," said Scott Gilbertson, who joined Fender as interim chief executive officer in Spring 2014 after private equity firm TPG Growth invested in the company in 2012. 

Read more: Fender Adds First Ever Chief Marketing Officer


Full Compass Systems has announced that Cristin Livezey has expanded her role to vice president of Finance and Procurement. In addition to managing the company’s financial accounting, Cristin will now manage the Purchasing department as well.

Livezey joined Full Compass as a corporate controller in 2008 and helped to drive initiatives resulting in record sales. In 2010, she was promoted to vice president of Finance and has since been dedicated to deepening outside financial relationships, optimizing internal processes and controls, and managing cash flow to achieve profitable growth for the company.  

Read more: Full Compass Names Livezey Vice President


Line 6, Inc. has announced Marcus Ryle has assumed the role of president, effective April 1, 2015. His appointment completes some planned organizational changes following the purchase last year by Yamaha, coordinated and led by president and CEO Paul Foeckler.

“I have been privileged to lead Line 6, especially through the most important transition period in its history, all while keeping innovation alive and at the core of the company,” says Foeckler. “I’m especially proud of the company’s launch of AMPLIFi that revolutionized the amplifier market, as well as our first collaboration with Yamaha – the Variax Standard. We have continued to build on a great brand, and Line 6 is extremely well positioned for the future now as a part of Yamaha.  I am confident that Marcus will lead the organization to even greater heights.”

Read more: Line 6 Names Ryle President


Music for All has added Kathryn Reinhardt to its Indianapolis staff as marketing coordinator. Reinhardt joins Music for All having served as a media specialist for several globally recognized public relations firms and with a strong personal background in music.

As marketing coordinator, Reinhardt will provide support to Music for All’s marketing and media efforts. Garnering interest from local, regional, and national press, this position’s focus is on putting Music for All in the eye of the public and creating awareness of the organization’s mission and purpose.

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American Music and Sound (AM&S) has announced the promotion of Kris McDougall to the position of national sales manager, transducer products.

McDougall is an accomplished sales professional with nearly a decade of hands-on technical sales experience and an extensive background in studio recording, video production, and audio engineering. McDougall joined the AM&S sales team after having graduated with honors from Montreal’s Concordia University with a degree in Electroacoustic Studies and Music Technologies. He also attained a degree in Business Administration from John Abbott College.

Read more: AM&S Promotes McDougall to National Sales Manager


Roland Corporation U.S. has announces three new personnel appointments that align with the company’s current strategic business plan. The announcement was made by Jay Wanamaker, president and CEO of Roland Corporation U.S., and reflects Roland’s ongoing commitment to the expansion of the company and its brands.

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Samick Music Corporation, Inc. (SMC) has announced the appointment of Mike Johnson as Western sales manager of the company’s Musical Instrument Division.

In his new role, Johnson will have the responsibility of managing sales in the Western U.S. and will be directly involved in the development of new products, utilizing over 40 years of experience in the music industry.

Read more: Samick Names Johnston Western Sales Manager


LOUD Technologies has announced the appointment of Sean Humphries to the position of sales director, APAC Region, and Craig Lewis to the position of sales director, U.S. National Accounts.

Lewis comes to LOUD after more than a decade with Music Group, where he held a number of sales and support positions. His career has also included positions with IK Multimedia, Steinberg, and Yamaha.

Read more: LOUD Technologies Announces Two New Sales Directors


Full Compass Systems has announced that Michelle Grabel-Komar has accepted the leadership role of vice president of sales, and will be overseeing the company’s vertical sales channels.  Grabel-Komar will take advantage of her years of knowledge both within Full Compass and in her industry experience by heading up the Sales Department along with our new Sales Management team.

Read more: Full Compass Names Grabel-Komar as Vice President of Sales


Orange Amplification has announced the promotion of James Deacon to European sales manager and the appointment of Marcus Mills to UK sales executive. These new promotions and appointments will further strengthen and support the recent growth of Orange in Europe.

James Deacon has been working with Orange Amplification since 2011 when he joined as an Internal UK sales executive. Just over a year later he was promoted to UK sales executive and now becomes European sales manager, retaining full responsibility for UK sales. Since Deacon joined Orange Amplification he has played a significant part in the growth of Orange in the UK. Deacon says, “I am proud to have been offered the European sales manager role for Orange after nearly four years with the company. I’m really looking forward to helping grow the brand even further and ensure we deliver the best service possible to our partners worldwide.”

Read more: Orange Promotes Deacon and Appoints Mills

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