QSC has promoted Anna Csontos to executive vice president, chief market officer and chief of staff, as well as Markus Winkler to the position of senior vice president, EMEA & APAC.
The timing of these leadership changes were in part triggered by Gene Joly’s decision to retire at the end of January 2020. Joly joined QSC in 2016, assuming executive sales and business unit leadership responsibility for QSC’s live sound business globally as vice president, QSC Professional and then as senior vice president, Americas.
“Gene’s contributions to QSC have been tremendous and include reinvigorating growth in our live sound business and working cross-functionally to lead and guide QSC through some of the biggest and most successful product introductions in QSC history, including TouchMix 30 Pro, and the K.2, KS and CP Series loudspeakers,” says Joe Pham, president and CEO. “It’s been a professional and personal pleasure to have Gene part of the executive team at QSC, and I know I speak for everyone in wishing him the very best in his retirement starting in January.”
In addition, Barry Ferrell is transitioning into a more product strategy focused role as VP, Cinema Product Development and Strategy. Ferrell began his career at the company in 1990 as an applications engineer; in 2009, he assumed the leadership role of the Cinema Group, and was promoted in 2012 and again in 2014.
“Barry’s leadership of our Cinema business has resulted in QSC having one of the strongest brands and most competitive product portfolios in the global Cinema market,” continues Pham. “This change will allow Barry to focus on his passion and talents while applying his deep business and technical knowledge of our Cinema product roadmap and portfolio, while shifting sales leadership responsibilities to Anna and Markus who will work with the existing QSC Cinema sales teams on the expanding number of cinema opportunities worldwide.”
“The possibilities ahead for QSC are tremendous, with the positive trajectory of our business combined with our innovative technology and product roadmaps, strong network of exceptional partners, and the best Live Sound, Systems and Cinema sales and customer-facing support teams in the Americas,” says Csontos. “I’m very excited to work with Gene and Barry to seamlessly transition executive sales leadership responsibilities in the Americas, bring game-changing products and solutions to market, drive growth and transformation while continuing to delight our partners and customers.”
“Extending our regional sales leadership and go-to-market model to the APAC region for our entire business and product portfolio is the next logical step in executing our multi-national expansion strategy and global organizational design plans,” states Winkler. “The significant operational investments QSC has made internationally in the last three years to improve our responsiveness, increase our competitiveness, and scale our business will now be able to support our Live Sound, Systems and Cinema partners and customers in both EMEA and across the APAC region. It’s a very exciting time at QSC.”