The Zildjian Company has announced that Rick van Oppen and Michael Bradley have joined its marketing and sales team. van Oppen joins Zildjian team as Regional Sales Manager, sharing responsibilities for the company’s sales in Europe and reporting directly to Andy Schlosser, VP of Global Sales. He began his career in the MI industry as a Buyer/Sales Representative for Hoshino Benelux in 2000. In 2008, he become District Sales Manager for Drums & Percussion for Fender Germany, and was promoted to Sales Manager, Drums & Percussion for Fender Germany in 2012. van Oppen, who plays guitar and is passionate about music, is fluent in Dutch, English and German.
Michael Bradley joins Zildjian as Vice President, Product Marketing, reporting to Zildjian EVP Mark Sapienza. He brings 15 years’ musical instrument industry experience to Zildjian, most recently as Director of Marketing for Korg USA since 2008. Prior to that, he held the position of VOX Amplification Product Manager at Korg and worked for D’Addario from 2003 to 2006 as Planet Waves Brand Manager. From 1998 to 2001, Bradley was Marketing and Sales Program Manager at The Music People. A guitarist of more than 20 years, he brings a love of music and experience in new product development to the Zildjian team.