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Bach to Rock

Pioneer DJ named industry veteran Drew Bach to its product planning team. Bach, who has extensive experience as a working DJ, has served Gibson, Apple, Guillemot and other brands. He joined Pioneer DJ in August, and now operates from Pioneer DJ’s Torrance, Calif., office, reporting to Lars Schlichting, director of product planning, artist relations at Pioneer DJ Americas Inc. “Drew has an innate understanding of the art and business of DJing, and his experience and expertise — as well as his deep connection and passion for this community — will inform our product planning, programs and organization,” Schlichting said. “I am very pleased to have Drew join our team, and I’m delighted to see his ideas and the impact he’s already making at Pioneer DJ.” “I’ve dreamed of joining Pioneer DJ since day one of my career,” said Bach. “No other company has so consistently driven how DJs create and perform, from bedrooms to festival stages. I can’t wait to bring my experience to the team and be part of the creation of tools DJs depend on to realize their own dreams.” Echoing this sentiment, John Powell, president of Pioneer DJ Americas Inc., added, “Pioneer DJ is committed to empowering the broadest community of DJs and venue operators with tools enabling creative expression in ways we have not yet seen or heard. To accomplish this, we need the best team possible and we’ve taken another step toward achieving that with the addition of Drew Bach to Pioneer DJ.”

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Divine Intervention

HARMAN Professional Solutions appointed Brian Divine as president of the Professional Solutions division. Divine is responsible for overseeing the division’s worldwide operations, strategy, product roadmap and performance across all 11 brands. Divine’s elevation to the role is the culmination of a nearly 20-year career. In his 15 combined years at HARMAN Professional, Divine worked closely with distributors and customers in nearly all of the entertainment and enterprise vertical markets the division serves in roles overseeing customer service, sales, engineering, marketing and product management. Divine was most recently senior vice president for products and customer solutions in the Professional Solutions division and vice president of product and program management, respectively. “I am honored to accept this role, and do so with great humility and awareness of the awesome responsibility of carrying forward HARMAN’s iconic brands that were built over the course of, in some cases, nine decades,” said Divine. “The pro industry is in my DNA as my career was built though dedication to HARMAN Professional Solutions and its employees, channel partners and customers.”

Meet Me in St. Louis

St. Louis Music named John Richardson its national sales manager. “I am excited for this opportunity to be a part of the team at SLM. Knowing the quality of service SLM has provided over many years, I am truly honored for the chance to continue and advance the tradition with such a great group of people,” said Richardson. Richardson took over for Richard Grossman, who retired at the end of John Richardson December after more than 30 years of service to the music industry. Richardson has extensive experience in the industry as an educator, retailer and most recently as the brand manager for Jupiter Band Instruments at KHS America. “We are delighted John is joining our management team,” said Chris Meikle, senior vice president, sales, marketing and product at SLM. “John brings an abundance of expertise and knowledge and a genuine passion for the music industry. His addition to the team benefits all of us, especially our Kelli Jennings customers as we continue to grow and offer new products and services.” SLM also named Kelli Jennings as inside sales manager. In her new role, she builds relationships with new and existing customers, developing sales strategies across SLM’s family of brands, FEBRUARY 2020

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