In a surprise move that gave pause to even seasoned industry insiders, QSC Audio Products, Inc. announced recently that Mark Engebretson has joined its ranks as vice president of R&D, chief systems architect.

Now responsible for the upper level technical management of QSC's three core product groups: power amplifiers, loudspeakers, and digital systems, Engebretson comes to QSC from JBL Professional, where he led the Northridge, California-based company's R&D department. In his new capacity at QSC, he will play a critical leadership role in the further development of proprietary technologies, enhancing overall R&D capabilities, and shaping new system solutions.

"Given all the buzz associated with my move, you'd think I was a Russian spy that just defected or something," Engebretson joked during the NSCA Systems Integration Expo where QSC first broke news of the appointment. "I want to extend all the best to my friends and colleagues at JBL for their help and support over the last five years, and give equal thanks to QSC for the trust they've placed in me, as well as the opportunity to work with truly creative people in one of our industry's most progressive environments. The days ahead will undoubtedly be exciting times for all of us."

Prior to JBL, Engebretson guided operations at Summit Laboratories, an audio and acoustical measurement facility specializing in sound system design. Other career highlights listed on his resume include time logged as vice president of product development for Altec Lansing, and VP of R&D for Paramount Pictures. In March 2002, Engebretson received a Scientific and Engineering Award as part of the 74th Academy Awards for the concept, design, and engineering of the modern, constant-directivity, direct radiator style motion picture loudspeaker systems.

"Mark's presence represents a fine addition to the QSC family," QSC CEO Barry Andrews said, commenting on the occasion. "His achievements speak for themselves, while the sum of his experience and vast knowledge complement our goals and future direction perfectly. We welcome him with open arms, and look forward to many successes together."