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Biamp President Announces Retirement

Ralph Lockhart, president of Biamp Systems, recently announced his retirement from the company, effective January 31, 2010. The Board of Directors also announced the promotion of Steve Metzger to exe 10/21/2009 4:05 AM Eastern

Biamp President Announces Retirement

Ralph Lockhart, president of Biamp Systems, recently announced his retirement from the company, effective January 31, 2010. The Board of Directors also announced the promotion of Steve Metzger to executive vice president and chief operation officer, with the intention that he will assume the role of president upon Lockhart's departure.

Ralph Lockhart, president of Biamp Systems, recently announced his retirement from the company, effective January 31, 2010. The Board of Directors also announced the promotion of Steve Metzger to executive vice president and chief operation officer, with the intention that he will assume the role of president upon Lockhart's departure.

Lockhart joined Biamp in 1984 to run its sales and marketing division, and in 1985 became the company's president. Under Lockhart's leadership, Biamp grew from a small operation building mixing consoles, equalizers, and PAs, to a company with more than 160 employees worldwide.

"During my 25-year tenure, I am proud of Biamp's reputation for providing quality and reliable products, our superior customer service, and the fact that we've been able to deliver relevant and innovative technology to the AV industry," said Lockhart in a statement. "I'm very pleased the board has named Steve as my successor. Steve is a born leader with the right combination of technology expertise and management experience. With his strategic vision, I'm confident he'll continue to build upon the success of this company."

Metzger joined Biamp in 2000. For the past two years, he served as the company's vice president of business development, where he was responsible for researching emerging technologies, leveraging contacts and relationships to develop new business opportunities, and considering broad, long-term opportunities that would contribute to the overall growth of Biamp. Prior to his role as vice president Metzger held a business development manager position and served as Biamp's southeast regional manager.

"Ralph and the board have provided me with a tremendous opportunity to lead a strong and skilled organization and an exceptional management team," Metzger said in a statement.



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