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.
Co-Founder and President
Marcus Ryle, co-founder and President, has been responsible for driving innovation in Line 6 products since its inception. Marcus co-founded Fast Forward Designs in 1985, which developed groundbreaking products for Alesis, Digidesign and other companies before evolving into the Line 6 brand in 1996. Prior to Fast Forward Designs, Marcus was a design engineer for Oberheim, where he helped create several now-legendary analog synthesizers.
Marcus' long history and expertise in technology and product development have resulted in best-selling musical instrument and audio products in several categories, and the co-invention of 19 US patents. In 2012, Mr. Ryle was inducted into the first annual Keyboard Hall of Fame and the inaugural Guitar Player Hall of Fame. A classically trained pianist, Marcus has played keyboards and/or created sounds for several motion picture and television soundtracks, as well as numerous professional recording artists including Barbra Streisand, Olivia Newton-John, Christopher Cross, Chicago, Chaka Khan and Lee Ritenour.
Chief Operations Officer
Joe Bentivegna, Chief Operations Officer, 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.
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing
Jim Atkinson, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing oversees all aspects of Line 6 sales and marketing. Mr. Atkinson has more than 20 years of experience in senior sales and marketing management roles in the technology industry, where he has built highly successful sales, distribution, sales support and creative marketing organizations.
Prior to Line 6, Mr. Atkinson held the title of Vice President of Sales and Marketing at North Plains, a digital media asset management company. He previously served as Vice President of Sales, Americas, at Avid, where managed a team of over 120 sales and pre-sales technical personnel that delivered over $340 million in annual revenue. Before that, he held senior roles within Aspera, Autodesk, Alias and number of other creative media companies, giving him broad experience in sales, marketing and business development. Jim is also an active musician.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Administration
Susan Wolf, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Administration, is a principal executive responsible for the corporate development and post-acquisition integration strategy with Yamaha. Susan is also responsible for the functional management of Human Resources, Administration, including all facilities worldwide and cultivating the Line 6 Company Culture. Susan was a founding member of Fast Forward Designs/Line 6 in 1985, and has served in many functional roles including CFO, and the management of the IT and Customer Service departments.
As a singer, songwriter, and keyboard player, Susan has been a member of multiple original and cover bands since her early teens, performing at many venues throughout Los Angeles