New GM and technical operations manager for Riedel Australia
AUSTRALIA: Riedel Communications has announced two new appointments at its Australian office. Ian Hamilton has been named general manager of Riedel Australia in replacement for Cameron O’Neill, who is now leading the manufacturer’s Asia Pacific operations, while Julian Hewitt assumes the role of technical operations manager.
‘Ian's experience providing sophisticated high-performance production and communications solutions is remarkable, to say the least. His work has included numerous projects involving Riedel Australia and extensive complements of Riedel equipment,’ said Mr O'Neill, director, Asia Pacific, Riedel Communications. ‘As both a contractor and end user, Ian has developed a deep understanding of Riedel technology and its potential. With this knowledge and experience, he is very well-qualified to guide Riedel Australia's continued growth.’
Mr Hamilton assumes the general manager position having reportedly used the manufacturer’s equipment extensively since it has been available on the Australian market. Prior to the new role, he led his own design and technical production firm. As a freelance contractor, he worked as Riedel's technical coordinator for the 2013 International Fleet Review and as the technical coordinator for the City of Sydney Council from 2010 to 2012, where he was responsible for the technical operational delivery of the Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks and Sydney Harbour Bridge effects. He has overseen numerous live events for government agencies and organisations, and his work for clients in the commercial sector includes production manager roles for a host of live events, ranging from sports competitions, corporate events, and auto shows to high-profile theatre, dance, opera and rock performances.
Mr Hewitt joins Riedel Australia after most recently serving as technical support technician at the Sydney Opera House. Prior to that he was the audio operator for the Bell Shakespeare theatre company and has also provided support for local arts and music festivals, as well as a number of high-profile live news, sports and entertainment broadcast events.
‘Like Ian,’ Mr O’Neill continued, ‘Jules has worked with Riedel equipment for many years, and his practical experience in deploying our solutions makes him an excellent addition to the growing Riedel Australia family. I am sure he will be valuable in boosting our capacity to meet a growing number of customers' production needs.’