QSC has named Gene Joly vice president of its Professional Division, which offers live performance solutions including mixers, power amps and loudspeakers for musicians, bands, DJs, mobile entertainers, clubs and live music venues, as well as for AV rental and production.
Joly brings almost 40 years of sales and executive management experience in the pro-audio and MI markets to the role, having spent the past 12 years in various executive positions at Guitar Center (GC), a leading bricks and mortar and e-commerce retail brand in the US.
“I am very excited to have such an experienced, well-respected industry executive as Gene Joly join our team,” said QSC president and CEO Joe Pham. “With his exceptional product, retail and business management experience, Gene is the ideal leader for the QSC Professional Division as we move the company forward in building the future.”
At Guitar Center, Joly held a variety of positions, including senior VP of merchandising for GC’s High Tech Division; executive VP of merchandising at Musician’s Friend; Executive VP of GC Stores, and most recently, president of Musician’s Friend.
He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the Board of Trustees of the Berklee College of Music, and is a member of the Advisory Board and Development Panel of The MIDI Association.
“I cannot express how thrilled I am to now be a part of the QSC family. I’ve always been impressed with every aspect of this company, from the character of the founders, to the leadership of the management, the dedication of the sales and service teams, the outstanding quality and reliability of the products, and their reputation for service and solid relationships with their customers, “ Joly commented. “Everything that I have done in my 40 years of experience has been leading up to this exciting position at QSC.”