Friday, January 10, 2020

Barbizon Lighting Company Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Barbizon Lighting Company announced Shen-Hsin Hung
joined the Entertainment Lighting and Systems Integration
leader as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective January 6, 2020
NEW YORK CITY, New York. Barbizon Lighting Company (Barbizon) started the new year by announcing Shen-Hsin Hung joined the Entertainment Lighting and Systems Integration leader as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective January 6, 2020. Hung joins the Barbizon Lighting Company with over 25-years as a financial and operational executive in the media and entertainment industry, including the likes of CBS, Inc., Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, MTV Networks, Viacom and Condé Nast. Hung brings with her an extensive background in corporate finance & operations, strategic and financial planning, and risk management, along with a deep appreciation for the Barbizon Lighting Company’s 73-year track record as the industry’s leading provider of turnkey entertainment lighting systems and products.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Shen-Hsin to the Barbizon Lighting Company. She will undoubtedly make an immediate impact as we begin operating as a majority employee-owned company," said Tom Madden, President & CEO. “I am particularly impressed with Shen-Hsin’s ability to lead operational and finance functions in complex, industry-leading businesses while maintaining an unrelenting focus on serving and advocating for her company's customers and employees," Madden said. "I believe that Shen-Hsin and our entire Barbizon Lighting Company team have an exciting opportunity to build the next chapter of a long-standing and incredibly successful company together. As employee-owners, we are working to develop the Barbizon Lighting Company of the future; we call it 'Barbizon 3.0’.” 

I can’t imagine a more exciting time to join Barbizon,” Hung said. “With Barbizon employees’ recent rise to majority ownership, at a time when the company is experiencing incredible growth, the entire operation is passionate and energized. Tom and his entire Barbizon team recognize and appreciate that they are working together to build the next chapter in Barbizon's exciting history. I'm delighted to be a part of it."

Hung will lead Barbizon’s financial teams in addition to the development of its operation. She will report to President & CEO, Tom Madden.

Hung has more than 25 years of financial and operational experience as an executive in the entertainment and media industries. She has served in both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles, leading the development of the operations, systems, and people that facilitated revenue growth and streamlined operations while working with highly visible organizations. Early in her career, she served in senior management roles ranging from post-production operations to program development and quickly accelerated into executive positions ranging from business operations to corporate finance. Later in her career, Shen-Hsin switched-gears and established a corporate planning and strategy group at Conde Nast and then made the leap to innovation as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at ?What If! USA, Ltd. At ?What If! she led a consulting business for a wide variety of corporations looking to reimagine and implement the next phases of their business strategy, culture, and growth.

About the Barbizon Lighting Company: Open for business since 1947, the Barbizon Lighting Company (Barbizon) is the world's leading provider of turnkey entertainment lighting systems and products - specializing in the design, sale, service, and installation/integration of lighting, rigging, and control equipment for television, film, live productions, performing arts, themed environments, houses of worship, and architecture. From Barbizon's 12 locations in North America and Europe, we provide industry-leading solutions for our full range of customers. Known as the industry leader, Barbizon boasts an uncontested range of experience, time-tested relationships with product manufacturers, and a first-class team of Systems Integrators, Project Managers, Field Service Technicians, Specifiers, Sales Associates, General Administrators, and Managers.

Barbizon Lighting Company's largest shareholder is our employee group, which currently owns 51% of the company (via an Employee Stock Ownership Program.) We are deeply invested in the well-being of our employees and their families. Barbizon provides competitive compensation, including comprehensive health care to the employee and the employee's spouse and children at no cost to the employee. Additionally, the company provides a match to each employee's 401(k) contribution, company-paid life, and disability insurance, paid time off, and participation in both the company's Profit-Sharing Program and Employee Stock Ownership Program.