Linear Names Presidents: Mike Detmer, Niles & Paul Starkey, Elan

Linear's Audio Video Control Group creates management team, promotes execs from Elan, Niles and Speakercraft

Robert Archer · July 20, 2010

The AVC Group’s senior management team includes (from left) operations VP Vipul Doshi, Xantech president Graham Hallett, Elan president Paul Starkey, finance VP Richard Schnell, Niles president Mike Detmer, CTO Bob Farinelli, and president Mark Terry.

The AVC Group, LLC, formed earlier in 2010 to combine three Linear-owned companies - Elan, Niles, Xantech - has appointed several personnel that it says will position the company for long-term growth.

The AVC Group, renamed from the Linear Audio Video Control Group, says all the moves are effective immediately. The AVC Group president Mark Terry first announced the appointments.

Here’s a rundown of the personnel moves:

  • Bob Farinelli, former Elan president, is now CTO of The AVC Group
  • Paul Starkey was promoted from Elan executive VP to Elan president
  • Mike Detmer was promoted from Niles sales and marketing VP to president of Niles
  • Richard Schnell, who was SpeakerCraft’s finance VP, is now finance VP for The AVC Group
  • Vipul Doshi, who was Niles’ operations VP, is now operations VP for The AVC Group
  • Graham Hallett remains president of Xantech

“This is the ‘A Team’ that will solidify and extend our position as the industry’s leading supplier of audio, video, and control technologies and system solutions,” Terry says. “Each of these individuals brings a wealth of talent, experience and capabilities to their new positions and I am confident that they will work as a team that will chart the future course of both our company as well as the industry we all serve.”

Linear is owned by Nortek, which in December 2009 emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. When The AVC Group was formed, Terry said “the goal is to bring the brands together and work in a more logical and strategic way—try to make it more effective.”

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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