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Studer’s Hochstrasser to Retire, Curtis to Handle Both Soundcraft and Studer

by FOH Staff • in
  • International News
• Created: April 28, 2009

POTTERS BAR, U.K. — Harman International’s mixer group announced changes with the end-of-year retirement of Bruno Hochstrasser, executive VP of sales. Adrian Curtis, previously VP of sales for Soundcraft, will be handling duties for both Soundcraft and Studer, effective immediately, with Hochstrasser overseeing the handover.

Andy Trott, Soundcraft and Studer president, praised Hochstrasser for his 37 years service to Studer and noted that beyond the end of 2009, Hochstrasser will assist the company as a consultant for another two years.

“Bruno epitomizes Studer’s resilience and drive for innovation,” Trott said. “He managed the business during the days when every top studio in the world had a Studer reel to reel tape machine, then, when the recording market changed dramatically during the 1990’s he transitioned the business into the world’s leading digital console company we know today.

“I’m also very excited that we have such a worthy successor in Adrian Curtis,” Trott added. “I know Adrian will add his own considerable experience to that of the Studer sales force and we expect great things from the combined team.”
“These changes reflect a definite recent shift in the markets’ behavior,” said Curtis, a 25-year Soundcraft veteran. “Three years ago we were developing Soundcraft or Studer products for specific and separate markets, for instance Broadcast versus Touring, and that was reflected in the skills base and focus of our two separate sales teams. Now that we have a significant range of very flexible digital consoles the distinguishing lines between applications are less defined and our products have become adaptable to all our markets.”
Adrian Curtis will remain headquartered in Potters Bar near London with an office at Studer’s factory in Regensdorf, near Zurich, Switzerland.

For more information, please visit www.harman.com.

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