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Harman Promotes Ben Payne to Lead Martin Lighting Sales in EMEA

PLSN Staff • On the Move • August 12, 2020

Ben Payne

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UK —Harman Professional Solutions promoted Ben Payne, who has more than 20 years of experience in the theatrical and live entertainment industry and joined Harman in 2018, as the head of sales for Martin Professional Lighting in EMEA.

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Ben will draw on his expertise to strengthen long-term relationships with distributors, customers and employees, form critical partnerships as well as drive growth of the Martin brand throughout the region.

He brings to the table more than 20 years of experience in the theatrical and live entertainment industry and will be key in defining the strategic direction for Martin in EMEA.

“I am delighted to have Ben lead Martin Professional Lighting in EMEA. Having worked in theatre and live entertainment lighting for many years, Ben has an innate understanding of the needs of our customers and a passion for the lighting industry and the Martin brand,” said Hamid Soufian, Vice President and GM for the EMEA region, Harman Professional. “I am particularly pleased that Ben’s promotion supports Harman’s global initiative to nurture internal talent and grow our people into key roles.”

Ben started working in theatres behind a lighting desk and quickly became a theatre technical manager for the Arts Theatre in Cambridge. With the desire to expand his skill set and further his career, Ben also worked as a lighting designer and production electrician, touring shows all over the world. In more recent years, Ben has worked with a number of leading UK rental companies and joined Harman in 2018.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity to take the helm of Martin in EMEA,” Payne said. “I am excited to work with our existing and new customers, and many talented and passionate individuals across the organization. Since my early professional years I aspired to the iconic Martin brand, which is unparalleled in this industry, and I’m committed to propelling it to new heights.”


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