There have two major new hires at the US and UK divisions of Martin Professional, the Danish manufacturing of moving lighting and control.

In the US, Matthias Hinrichs has come onboard as control product specialist. Hinrichs will provide sales and technical support for the growing Martin line of control products, which includes the newly released Maxxyz professional lighting console. He is based out of Martin's West Coast office. Hinrichs, a native of Berlin, Germany, moved to Los Angeles in 2002. Prior to moving, he was a student of theatre and event technology, as well as a freelance lighting programmer/designer in Europe.

“By providing excellent customer service, as well as supporting the sales department with all questions regarding control products, Matthias will help provide the right product for the right application,” commented Michael Nevitt, control product manager at Martin US. “He was an integral part of the Maxxyz Beta test group for the past year [see pg. 34 of this issue], which makes for a seamless transition into the Martin team.”

Meanwhile, in the UK, former Martin Professional PLC employee Simon Allan has rejoined the company as product manager for the stage, studio and event segment, which includes Martin's MAC range of moving heads. Allan's will also cover Martin's growing range of lighting controllers, including the Maxxyz.

Allan, has ten years of experience in the lighting industry and returns to Martin UK after three years as technical manager at moving light rental company Set Lighting & Sound Ltd. Previously, he was employed at Martin UK as a technical support engineer, working on various onsite projects, as well as conducting training courses and helping to run the Martin University.