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Fairlight Hires Ken Barnsley to Head Up European Operations

As part of an ongoing commitment to expand its sales and distribution channels in Europe, Fairlight has announced the appointment of Ken Barnsley (pictured) to the post of European Operations Director, effective October 1, 2008.

Barnsley will be responsible for overseeing sales, developing new routes to market in previously untapped territories and strengthening the Fairlight brand in Europe and the Middle East.

During a career spanning more than 25 years, Barnsley has been in charge of sales and marketing for respected companies in the music, broadcast, film and post-production industries, including Solid State Logic, Avid UK, Amek and, most recently, Merging Technologies, where he was head of sales and marketing for nearly eight years. He also has a solid technical background, having spent 12 years as an audio and video engineer.

“Clearly, Ken’s experience speaks for itself,” says Fairlight’s managing director, John Lancken. “Needless to say he certainly has the right stuff to pilot Fairlight’s sales and marketing programs and ultimately expand our presence in the European and Middle Eastern theaters.”

Barnsley, who will be based in the UK, adds, “Fairlight is one of the most respected companies in the industry and its range of automated digital mixing systems is absolutely right for today’s market. Speed, accuracy, ease of use and flexibility are words that are often bandied around in our industry, but in Fairlight’s case they are entirely appropriate because its products deliver on every level. Their ability to speed up workflow, converge audio and video, enhance creativity and produce stunning results far exceed those of any other digital audio workstation on the market.

“Personally, the direction the company is taking is one I have wanted to take for some years. Fully integrated solutions within a tapeless workflow environment are exactly what the market is seeking and I am delighted to be part of such a forward-thinking and innovative company.”

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