Arri Inc. CTO Glenn Kennel will replace prexy Volker Bahnemann, who will step down this spring after 48 years with the company – 32 of them as CEO.
Kennel joined the North American subsidiary of Germany-based Arri in 2009. His promotion brings a decidedly digital bent to the top of a company with deep roots in film. After starting his career at Eastman Kodak, Kennel moved on to roles in digital cinema and digital intermediate technology at Texas Instruments and LaserPacific.
During his tenure Bahnemann helped develop and introduce multiple film cameras – including industry stalwarts such as the Arriflex 35III, Arriflex 765, Arriflex 435 and Arriflex 235 – plus Arri’s line of cinema lenses. He was instrumental in launching Arri CSC, the company’s equipment-rental unit, and acquiring other lighting and grip rental houses under the Illumination Dynamics banner.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave Bahnemann its John A. Bonner Award in 1996 “in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in
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upholding the high standards of the Academy.” In 2002 he got the Fuji Gold Medal Award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Bahnemann was also the topper at Arri CSC. His departure elevates CSC COO Simon Broad to prexy of that unit.
Kennel will officially take the reins April 1 and work in Arri’s Burbank office. Bahnemann, who was based in Arri’s New York office, began his career at 16 in the company’s Munich headquarters. According an Arri spokesperson he is retiring and has announced no future plans.