QSC Audio Products has announced the promotion of Jatan Shah to executive vice president/chief operating officer as well as the promotion of Barry Ferrell to vice president, cinema.
In his new role, Shah will oversee the company’s finance, R&D, manufacturing, supply chain, IT, and legal functions.
“Since joining QSC, Jatan has made unparalleled contributions to our success through his leadership and critical thinking. He has led many key efforts across the organization in the areas of financial management, product development, and an operations transformation,” states Joe Pham, QSC chief executive officer. “His exceptional business skills and leadership traits make him an invaluable member of our executive team as we move forward in building the future at QSC. I am thrilled and very grateful to have a professional of his caliber working with us.”
Shah joined QSC in 2010 and has served as chief financial officer and chief technology officer, leading the finance, R&D, legal, and IT departments. Prior to joining the company, he served for five years as senior engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm recognized as one of the most prestigious in the world. Shah spent the previous five years as a manager at United Technologies Corporation, a provider of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.
“We have very high aspirations for QSC in achieving long term growth and I am very excited to be a part of the executive team which will be taking the company to the next level,” says Shah. “I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that my new role presents, and the ability to further solidify the foundation of QSC’s Finance, IT, Legal, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and R&D functions to enable our growth aspirations.”
Ferrell began his career at QSC in 1990 as an applications engineer and was the first technical hire at the company in the sales and marketing department. After holding a number of different positions there, he assumed the leadership role of the Cinema Group at QSC in 2009.
“Barry has led our Cinema efforts in every way, including the development of many outstanding products for this important marketplace,” Pham says. “I am very excited for Barry to be at the helm as we continue to offer our next generation of complete Cinema solutions.”
Over his 22-year career at QSC, Ferrell has served as the product manager for every single cinema product developed at QSC. This includes the DCA amplifiers, DCM crossover/monitors, DCS loudspeakers and most recently the DCP line of digital cinema processors.
His insight into cinema products is driven by his knowledge of the growing needs of the marketplace and by his practical experience. He began his career in cinema and professional audio in 1980 when he was hired as an usher at a local cinema and quickly moved in to the projection booth.
In 1985, Ferrell worked for National Amusements as a union projectionist out of local #327 before moving to Omaha in 1987 to take over the console pre-wire department at Ballantyne Strong. After building and shipping several thousand projection consoles, he decided to join QSC.
“I’m very proud of the full systems solutions for cinema that QSC has developed over the years – from amplifiers to loudspeakers to digital cinema processors – we offer the marketplace a total cinema solution,” says Ferrell. “I look forward to meeting new challenges in this market.”
He is involved in the activities of the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and is a frequent contributor to their technical seminars, is a past president of the organization and currently serves on the board of directors.