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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.


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.

Read more: Orange Names Garza National Sales Manager


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. 

Read more: HARMAN Professional Division Announces New AKG Leadership Team


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. 

Read more: Krell Names Milton as U.S. Western Regional Manager


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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Grenoble, France-headquartered music software and hardware company Arturia has appointed former Focusrite-Novation director, U.S. Sales Ralph Goldheim to the newly-created position of president, U.S. Operations as part of its ongoing expansion strategy.

Goldheim brings extensive experience in sales and marketing management to Arturia, having worked in the pro audio/MI industry for more than 25 years with a number of key executive positions to his notable name, including significant tenures at M-Audio (MSN), 360 Systems (VP), Line 6 (VP/co-founder), and Alesis Corporation (VP) prior to Focusrite-Novation.

Read more: Arturia appoints Goldheim as President, U.S. Operations


Aurisonics, Inc. has named Mike Volkerding to the position of national sales manager for the U.S. MI market. Volkerding 's new role will be to develop partnerships with music retailers and their clients: the performing musician.

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Boulder Creek Guitars, Inc. has named Michael Hurwitz as vice president of Worldwide Sales. Hurwitz will oversee the sales of domestic U.S. dealers and international distributors.

“Michael is a true professional,” says Mike Replogle, Boulder Creek Guitars COO. “I’ve worked with him for over 15 years and have alway been impressed with his ability to generate positive results and great relationships – I’m truly excited to be working closely with him again at this great company”.

Read more: Boulder Creek Guitars Names Hurwitz VP

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