Restructuring the operational management at its Bedfordshire headquarters, Cadac has appointment David Kan as CEO and Nick Fletcher as Director of R&D.

David Kan and Nick FletcherKan joined Cadac parent company Soundking Europe in 2009, with a business management background gained in Malaysia and the UK, and has held the position of General Manager and acting Director of R&D for the past two years. During that time he has worked with the product development engineers at Cadac, evolving the lines of communication and cooperation between Luton and Ningbo. In his new role, he will continue to manage and strengthen the relationships between the two sites, in order to accelerate product development and provide Cadac with access to engineering and production resources at Ningbo.

‘Over the past few years I have been involved in strategic planning at senior management level, both here at Cadac and at Soundking,’ he says. ‘This has placed me in a unique position to assist in determining the future development of Cadac.

‘It is our absolute commitment that the Cadac legend should not only live on but thrive as a world-class manufacturer of the best-sounding and best operational mixing desks. At the heart of this strategy lies the design and engineering heritage here in Luton, but in today’s highly competitive markets the vast manufacturing resources of our parent group provides resources that enable us to realistically challenge current industry leaders across the breadth of sound reinforcement sectors.

‘Following through from the huge interest in and demand for the new CDC Four and CDC Eight consoles, Cadac will continue to expand its product development, pressing ahead in the digital console market; and we will see further growth significant in development investment moving into 2013. Our growth projections and product development schedule are set for the next three years, and I am re-positioning some of my key staff to put us in the best position to meet these objectives.

‘This is an exciting time for Cadac, especially given that 2013 is our 45th anniversary. I think I speak for everyone in the company when I say that what we have set out to achieve in the coming years is going to make us as proud as we justly are of our heritage.’

Among Kan’s appointments is that of Nick Fletcher to Director of Research & Development. Fletcher has been a member of the Cadac engineering team for more than 20 years, joining the company as a test engineer, before going on to become a console design engineer and working with co-founder Clive Green on the design of the J-Type, F-Type and R-Type consoles. He designed the Cadac S-Type, the company’s current large-scale analogue console and recently led the design of the Live1 compact analogue and CDC Four compact digital consoles.

‘The past few years have been difficult for the company, as it has transitioned from its previous business and engineering model, as a bespoke manufacturer of primarily high-end theatre sound desks, to one that exploits that excellence and expertise across a complete range of products that meets and exceeds the expectations of todays sound engineers and system designers,’ he says. ‘But at the end of that sometimes painful process we are now in pole position to secure the future of the Cadac brand as a major player at the top of the sound reinforcement industry.’

More: www.cadac-sound.com

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