Le Maitre Appoints New Global CEO
The focus of Le Maitre Pyrotechnics and Special Effects on its US operation and its commitment to the North American market has now been further underlined by the recent appointment of a new global CEO, Rob Brenner, who will oversee both the UK and US companies. Brenner is based in the US and will also be president of Le Maitre USA LLC.
Brenner's background has been as a touring industry executive with over 25 years experience and has included producing tours for such stellar names as Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears. His responsibilities in this role covered all things creative, organizational, logistical, and financial, all terrific skill-sets that he now brings to Le Maitre.
Says Brenner: "I'm really looking forward to working with such a well established company. Maintaining excellent customer satisfaction will be a top priority as well as continuing to produce new and exciting products. The US arm of the business is still relatively young and a key role for me will be to help the Austin team strengthen our operations while re-enforcing and expanding our position in the entertainment market."
"I am also looking forward to bringing our US and UK offices closer together to work as one unified company that can serve our clients' needs on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as worldwide," adds Brenner.
Says Karen Haddon, events director and part-owner of the business with sales director Rick Wilson: "We couldn't be more delighted to have Rob on-board and at the helm. He brings so many strengths to the business in terms of his organizational and process skills. And of course, his network of contacts in the entertainment industry, where he is highly regarded, is also a great boon for us."
Despite being based in the US, Brenner will be visiting the UK frequently, playing a key-role in helping the company continue to manufacture quality products, develop new effects, and ensure the most efficient processes are in place to meet customer demand and satisfaction.
Le Maitre LTD is the UK based parent company that has recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.
Manufacturing for the company, which takes place at Le Maitre's Peterborough, UK factory for the pyro side of the product range, has recently obtained a successful BAM Audit for their Quality System (Module E), and can now commence its CE certification process a year ahead of a July 2013 deadline. Le Maitre is the first UK-based company that BAM -- The Federal Institute for Research and Testing -- has audited.