Professional Sound - October 2017 - Page 13

d&b Names Jan Biermann as Head of R&D; Frank Bothe Now CTO d&b audiotechnik is expanding its research and development department and has appointed a new member to its management team. Jan Biermann has taken over from Frank Bothe as head of research and development. Bothe will now focus on the company’s medium- to long- term technology roadmap in his role as chief technology officer. As leader of the research and development team, Biermann will be responsible for implementing product development projects, reporting to d&b Managing Director Markus D&B’S FRANK BOTHE & JAN BIERMANN Strohmeier. “I am delighted to welcome Jan aboard,” says Strohmeier. “We searched extensively for someone who could further strengthen our already incredibly talented research and development team as we look to create the technologies that will shape the future. The role that Frank’s knowledge and vision has played in d&b’s development to this point is immeasurable and we are thrilled to find in Jan the experi- ence and expertise to build on that work.” For more information, contact d&b audiotechnik: 418-843-2410, FAX 828-681-5405, info.ca@dbaudio.com, www.dbaudio.com. Harman Professional Solutions to Lay Off 650 Employees from AV Division Harman Professional Solutions confirmed in early Septem- ber that it is laying off 650 employees from its pro AV division. The news HARMAN CEO DINESH PALIWAL comes just a few months after Harman was bought by Samsung. “The changes we announced yester- day are the culmination of a transforma- tion that the Professional Solutions Division has been undergoing for the last two years to better serve our customers, increase our competitiveness, and accelerate new product innovations,” David Glaubke, direc- tor of public relations, global professional solutions for Harman International told AVnetwork.com. He added that Harman will close facilities in Indiana and Utah and other smaller offices in Europe that it inherited through acquisitions over the last decade. After that, Harman says it will enter “rebuilding mode” and will form three “Centers of Competency” in Northridge, CA for acoustics; Richardson, TX for electronics, DSP, and video and control; and Aarhus, Denmark for lighting. These centres will allow the company’s engineers to focus on critical product differentiations instead of requiring them to develop motors, me- chanical structures, and other supporting elements, according to the company. PROFESSIONAL SOUND 13