Things are moving and shaking at Roland, where a recent spate of job promotions has shaken up executive management at the 38-year-old company, best known among drummers as the makers of the venerated V-Drum system.
Dennis Houlihan, currently president and CEO, will assume the responsibilities of chairman of Roland Corporation U.S. He will also continue in his role as a member of the Board of Directors of Roland Corporation Japan. He has been with Roland Corporation U.S. since 1993.
Houlihan succeeds Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder and special consultant of Roland Corporation Japan who is resigning from his current roles as chairman and director of Roland Corporation U.S.
Chris Bristol, currently senior vice president of sales and marketing, will become the new president and CEO of Roland Corporation U.S., as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Roland Corporation U.S. Bristol has been with Roland since 1978. For many years, he was one of Roland’s most successful district sales managers covering the Southern California area. Since moving into the management team in 1993, he has held a variety of sales and marketing positions.
In this role, Bristol will assume primary responsibility for all day-to-day Company operations.
Paul Youngblood, currently president of BOSS U.S., has been appointed to two different positions. First, he will become vice president of BOSS and guitar products for Roland Corporation U.S. Simultaneously, he has been appointed as a director of BOSS Corporation Japan and will assist BOSS Corporation Japan with worldwide product development and marketing for BOSS products. Youngblood joined Roland in 1985 after a successful career in retail. He is also an accomplished guitarist and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Brian Alli, currently national sales manager, has been promoted to Vvce-president of sales for Roland Corporation U.S. Alli joined Roland in 2006 and has worked in a variety of sales and marketing positions throughout the company. Prior to joining Roland, he held management positions with Jordan Kitt’s Music, Panasonic/Technics, and Hammond Suzuki.