Incorporated in 1996, Line 6 is a leading music technology company dedicated to empowering musicians and inspiring creativity on the stage and in the studio. Headquartered in Calabasas, California, Line 6 currently has a presence in over 60 countries worldwide. Since its inception, Line 6 has pioneered a variety of industry-changing technologies including the world’s first digital modeling guitar amplifier, smart mixing system and more.
Joe Bentivegna, President, is responsible for building the teams that manage Line 6's supply chain, providing outstanding customer service and delivering world-class products. He was most recently Executive Vice President of Operations and services for Equallogic, a company in the high-capacity storage space subsequently acquired by Dell.
Prior to Equallogic, Mr. Bentivegna held several positions during his 16-year tenure at Avid Technology, during which time Avid grew from a small, vertically focused video company to a leader in digital media and audio. His most recent positions included Chief Operating Officer for the Video Division, President and General Manager of Avid Technology Asia, Vice President of Worldwide Operations, and Vice President of European Operations and Services. Mr. Bentivegna brings a proven track record of success to help lead Line 6 through its continued growth.
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Chris Hagemann, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for leading the Company’s finance and accounting organization. Prior to joining Line 6, Ms. Hagemann was most recently the Vice President of Corporate Development & CFO, Global Services at N2N Global, a leading provider of software & service solutions for the food industry. Previously, Ms. Hagemann was Director of Finance for Sunkist, an international citrus supplier. Prior to Sunkist, she was Vice President of Finance for William Morris Endeavor, a top talent and literary agency. Ms. Hagemann began her career in public accounting with Deloitte, after graduating with an Accounting degree from Loyola Marymount University. Chris is also a vocalist, currently performing in multiple Los Angeles area bands.
Vice President of Marketing
Simon Jones, Vice President of Marketing, heads up a diverse and talented group of marketers who develop strategic plans, creative content, direct customer communications, product training and who enable the sales team through channel marketing programs.
Getting a taste for working in audio as an intern at EMI and Abbey Road Studios, he started his career in the role of R&D Engineer with Martin Audio, London, designing high performance speaker systems. A product management position with JBL Professional brought Mr. Jones to the USA. He spent twelve years with JBL in senior marketing positions, with an additional two years in a marketing director role with the TC Group. He also spent time consulting for RKS Guitars in their start-up phase.
Simon’s path started with his high school teacher’s after-school guitar building club, which led to a B. Eng. 1st with Honors in Electroacoustics from the University of Salford, England. Simon is still passionate about everything guitar and plays regularly. He has spent the past twenty years volunteering for Ride On, a non-profit therapeutic horsemanship program, in an advisory role and providing audio and emcee services for their special events and fundraising.
Vice President of Products and Operations
Steve Bartkoski, Vice President of North American Sales, is responsible for all sales activities for the US and Canadian regions. Alongside the North American sales team, Steve is responsible with aligning our retail partners with Line 6’s internal products and marketing groups to maximize go to market strategies and end customer sales.
Prior to joining Line 6, Steve has led sales teams at M-Audio and Avid over his 14 year career in MI sales. He has Bachelor’s of Music Education and a Master Degree in Jazz Piano Performance and Composition from the University of North Texas. He continues to perform, arrange, and compose in addition to his duties at Line 6.
Vice President of Engineering
Brian McLeskey, Vice President of Engineering, leads the highly talented, multidisciplinary, engineering team that brings our products to life.
Formerly Vice President, Research and Development for Fender Musical Instruments, Brian held many positions at Fender with increasing responsibilities over his 17 years there. He led the engineering team that was responsible for Jackson, Charvel, EVH and Grestch products. In addition, he was a key member of the digital hardware design team. He has worked closely with high level artists in the industry and has been responsible for many world renown products. Brian has also worked at AVAYA, Inc (Bell Labs) and Mitel Networks. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Brian began playing piano when he was 5 and guitar when he was 12. He is an avid guitarist who has a deep passion for music and musical instruments.
When he’s not spending time with his wife and children, Brian enjoys disc golf, reading and volunteering in the community.
Vice President of Sales
TJ Martin, Vice President of Sales, is responsible for sales activities throughout the world. He works with YGG’s sales team in an ongoing effort to deliver best possible results for distributors, dealers, and end users alike.
Prior to joining Yamaha Guitar Group in 2014, Mr. Martin was with Avid and focused primarily on the M-Audio brand. For many years, he was able to work with such brands as Nord, ddrum, Novation, Oberheim, and Dean Guitars, among others. TJ started in retail in the Detroit area in the mid-90s and considers himself lucky to be part of the MI Industry.