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Imagine Communications announced that Tom Cotney has been named CEO of the company, effective immediately. Current CEO Charlie Vogt is joining The Gores Group as a Senior Advisor to continue to drive M&A and business development activities at Imagine. The two executives will work closely to continue the momentum and growth at Imagine Communications while also ensuring a seamless leadership transition.

“Over the past four years, Imagine has transformed the media industry by becoming the first company to deliver on its vision of an all IP/cloud network for playout and master control,” said Alec Gores, founder, Chairman and CEO of The Gores Group. “I want to acknowledge and personally thank Charlie for his leadership in driving this massive transformation and placing Imagine’s technology at the forefront of the industry. Sharing our vision of where the industry is heading, Tom is uniquely qualified to build on this momentum and I welcome him in his new role.”

Cotney has spent more than two decades of his 30-year career partnering with, selling to and competing in the telecommunications and mobile technology industries. He served as General Manager of the Communications Sector at IBM Global Services and has been a CEO and board member for a number of privately held companies. Cotney will also join the board of directors of Imagine.

“Imagine Communications could not be better positioned than we are today to take market-share across the ad management, playout, networking and distribution markets, particularly as we continue to guide the industry transition to IP and the cloud,” said Vogt. “We are pacing to have our best quarter of the year, and Friday we signed a strategic Advertising Management Systems contract to accelerate the emerging ATSC 3.0 multi-services market.

I look forward to supporting Tom Cotney is his new role in an advisory capacity at The Gores Group and believe he will be able to fuel Imagine’s continued expansion and innovation.” Vogt has been a CEO and strategic leader across the telecommunications, broadcast and media sectors for 30 years – 16 years as a CEO. During that time, he has overseen the acquisition and integration of 15 companies.

John Roberts-Davies has joined German audio console and IP video specialist Lawo as Head of Pre-Sales & Projects. In his new role, he will lead and develop the team that delivers technical consultation, solution design and system delivery to customers across the entire range of live production applications.

The appointment comes at a time of rapid growth in demand for Lawo products and solutions, which are expertly designed to help gain maximum advantage from new technologies in the fast-changing world of live production.

John has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. He worked in operational and technical roles in radio and TV stations in several countries, as a sound recordist, radio engineer, ENG cameraman and radio and TV system engineer, before moving to the manufacturer side with various technical, commercial and professional services management roles within Sony, Quantel and SAM.

“I’m hugely excited to be joining Lawo. My appointment comes at a pivotal time for the industry. Users are critically dependent not only on manufacturers having leading-edge products, but also being able to leverage their expertise to innovatively combine them with commercially available IT technologies to maximum effect, and to deliver on time, every time,” John confirms.

“We are very excited to have John join our team,” agrees Ulrich Schnabl, Director of Operations at Lawo. “His broad knowledge of the industry, coupled with his ability to ensure suppliers consistently deliver the best services possible, make him a strong asset for Lawo at this time of rapid growth.”

Lawo is an innovation-driven global leader in the broadcast industry, renowned for its pioneering network, control, audio and video technology, developing and manufacturing IP-based systems and solutions for broadcast and post production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. The product range includes award-winning control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems.

Lawo is pleased to welcome Tibor Tamas to the position of Senior Sales Manager in the Sales Team for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Tamas brings with him over 35 years’ experience in technical development and sales positions in the field of audio mixing consoles, plus extensive broadcasting know-how. After several years of international experience during which he established and organised service and sales infrastructures for Studer in North America, Tamas also worked as Business Development Manager for Studer’s Professional Audio division. Tibor Tamas on his new position: “Lawo is a forward-thinking company that understands applications and customers, and can map the complete broadcast workflow with its IP-based systems and solutions. Lawo’s technological innovation, future-oriented thinking about comprehensive broadcast solutions, and absolute focus on customer satisfaction made moving to Lawo a natural choice. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues and helping new customers!”

Lawo continues to add to its US operations by hiring Mike Franklin as Senior Sales Manager. The US broadcasters are familiar with Franklin in his former role as Senior Sales Manager for Studer in America, and his extended tenure with Euphonix.

“I’ve always admired Lawo, and I’m very proud to be a part of what they’re doing,” says Franklin. “Not only are they the most innovative company in broadcasting, they have amazing commitment to their customers. I think that’s why Lawo is the fastest growing broadcast company in the world.”

Franklin’s appointment is part of Lawo’s continued growth in the US TV and Radio markets, underscored by the recent commissioning of a new support and logistics hub in Elmsford, New York, and the addition of Hans Juergens and David Antoine as Broadcast Engineers for pre- and post-sales technical support.

“Our organisation in America has been growing at an amazing rate, and I’m glad to have top talent like Mike joining the team,” says Jeffrey Stroessner, Lawo’s Head of Sales, Americas. “Everyone who’s worked with Mike is a fan. Not only is he a great guy, he is absolutely committed to making sure his clients are happy. We couldn’t have asked for a better fit.”

A dynamic, growing innovator in broadcast network, audio, video and control solutions, Lawo is always seeking to add motivated engineers, sales representatives and project managers to its expanding worldwide organisation.

Audiotonix has announced the acquisition of Solid State Logic (SSL) as part of its expanding Group that already includes leading audio brands DiGiCo, Calrec and Allen & Heath. The deal brought together the top flight of the world’s mixing consoles companies.

James Gordon CEO of Audiotonix comments: “We are growing the Audiotonix Group with professional audio brands that have exceptional technology, committed people and a real passion for what they do. With their incredible history and reputation, their enthusiasm and loyal customer base, SSL is ideally placed to be the next partner in the group. The whole group will benefit by having SSL as an integral part of the team going forward. Having their help to further expand our international reach, technology and customer base will be a lot of fun.”

Antony David, MD of Solid State Logic added: “I am very proud of the achievements our team have made to date with the expansion of SSL. To reach our full potential we need the support and resources of a larger group to help us achieve our aspirations. In Audiotonix we have found a partner that is as fiercely obsessed about audio, products and customer service as we are. Audiotonix’ success in investing in and nurturing similar audio focused businesses was crucial to us. Once we got talking, we quickly discovered that this was something we both wanted to happen.”

Peter Gabriel, the majority shareholder in Solid State Logic, becomes an investor in Audiotonix as part of the transaction. He added, “My relationship with SSL began as a user, a customer and then as part owner. SSL has always made wonderful innovative equipment that encourages creativity and I got involved because I never wanted to imagine a world without SSL. It is obvious with this sale that there are many in this growing Audiotonix group that are as nuts about new tech and good audio as we are. Each manufacturer has their own particular markets, strengths and idiosyncrasies but through collaboration, there will be a lot of opportunities to spread knowledge and skills to benefit the group as a whole. I am also excited by what could be created by all these new potential synergies so I have chosen to use a chunk of the sale money to invest in this newly expanded version of Audiotonix. I wish Audiotonix and all who now sail in her, every success.”

Ross Video is delighted to announce that Steffen Buschmann has joined the company as Regional Sales Manager for the Central Europe. Steffen is based in Hamburg, Germany and has worked in broadcast since graduating from Hochschule Emden/Leer in 2010 with a Media Technology engineering degree. Most recently a Product Sales leader with MCI, Ross Video’s Platinum Partner, Steffen has been selling Ross products since 2012 and already has a wealth of experience in the Ross range.

“I’m very happy to be joining Ross at such a vibrant time in the company’s development”, says Steffen. “The company grew by around 35% in EMEA last year and I cannot think of any other manufacturer in the industry that can offer broadcasters the same breadth of product and supply-chain stability as Ross. I’ve been working with Ross products for over 5 years now and the company has consistently impressed me with its focus on customer care and great service”. Oscar Juste, Director of Sales for EMEA, welcomes the new addition to the sales team.

“Steffen is already a well-known face in the German broadcast market; his professional approach, technical expertise and business acumen make him a real asset to our business and I’m looking forward to expanding our growth in the Central European market”.