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Bisset on the Loose

Position at Nautel is eliminated

Nautel has confirmed two staff changes, one of which was blamed on lower-than-projected sales volume in Europe.

Spokesman John Whyte said one person who handles European sales had been let go in a “territory realignment,” while another employee decided on his own to leave customer service to work for his family.

John Bisset, who was sales manager for Europe and Southern Africa, confirmed to Radio World that his position at the company had been eliminated, though he said he departs on good terms with the manufacturer, which he joined in October of 2008.

Bisset, who writes Radio World’s Workbench column, has worked as a chief engineer, contract engineer and sales engineer with several companies, including Harris and Broadcast Electronics.

Nautel sells analog, DRM and HD Radio transmitters. Whyte said transmitter sales in Europe were pacing slower had been projected, though the company currently has what he described as its largest order backlog ever.

Nautel has 201 full-time employees; the majority are based in Hackett’s Cove, Nova Scotia, and in Bangor, Maine.

Whyte said the Nautel sales staff now consists of Ellis Terry, Jeff Welton and Gary Liebisch handling the western, central and eastern United States, respectively; Gary Manteuffel in charge of national accounts and Canada; Gerardo Vargas handling Latin America; Hal Kneller for Europe, Africa and market development; Wendell Lonergan for Middle East and North Africa; and John Abdnour for Asia. Sales Engineer Steve Schmitt is not assigned a specific region.