Apogee Sound International, the Petalumna, CA-based audio manufacturer, has named Steven Walker as the company's managing director, assuming full managerial responsibility of the company. He had joined Apogee in February of this year as general manager.

"I am glad to have the opportunity to supplement Apogee's historical excellence with a fresh new perspective on running the company," Walker says. "I respect the talent of the individuals that work with me at Apogee Sound. I trust them to use the best methods possible to serve our customers."

States Michael P. Fleischer, president of Bogen Communications, Inc., the parent company of Apogee Sound: "Our plan has always been to 'Let Apogee be Apogee.' We're excited to have Steve dedicated to continuing and enhancing Apogee's reputation for making the finest professional loudspeaker systems in the world. Apogee Sound is in very capable hands."

In other news, Apogess has named Keith Vanderkley director of North American sales, Eastern region. Vanderkley, assumes responsibility for Apogeeā€™s sales efforts east of the Mississippi in the United States, as well as in Ontario and the eastern provinces of Canada. Tim Thornton, director of North American sales, will concentrate on the sales territories in the western half of North America.

Vanderkley brings 30 years experience in live sound and recording to Apogee Sound. In 1996 he launched the audio equipment rep firm Vanderkley & Associates, which later merged with Core Products, Inc.