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NEC Display Solutions Europe has appointed Simon Jackson as Senior Vice President of Sales EMEA as the company builds upon its ambitious sales strategy across the region. Si- mon has spent more than two decades at NEC and has been promoted from Vice President, Strategic and Vertical Sales EMEA. In his new role, he will lead the company’s entire sales organisation, comprising re- gional sales teams, as well as


rum for learning and sharing best practice for signage across every industry and application. “Simon was the natural choice to lead our new, unified sales team,” said Bernd Eberhardt, President and CEO at NEC Display Solutions Europe. “Throughout his time at NEC he


has consistently demon-


strated the leadership qualities that this demanding new role requires. As we look to capi- talise on our success across


a competitive marketplace. I’m looking


forward to delivering


strategic campaigns and ensur- ing brand consistency across all channels to drive business growth.” Gravelle joins IDNS after man- aging several multi-million pound projects in his previous role including the Spyscape Museum in New York and the Energy Science Centre in Sau- di Arabia. He will be working as an integral part of IDNS’ growing technical team, and be responsible for the delivery of high value projects in the South of the UK.


Gravelle said: “IDNS have com- pleted several pioneering proj- ects over the recent months, including the Sony Vision Ex-


Midwich has announced the ap- pointment of Jonny Francis to Sales and Marketing Director and Steve Fay to External Sales Director. These announcements follow the news that as of May 31st, long serving Sales Direc- tor, Iain Campbell is stepping down in order to pursue new ventures outside the industry. Jonny Francis was promoted to Sales and Marketing Direc- tor from his previous role as Head of Sales and Steve Fay was promoted to External Sales


Simon Jackson has spent more than two decades at NEC and has been promoted from Vice President, Strategic and Vertical Sales EMEA to Senior Vice President of Sales EMEA.


the Strategic and Vertical sales teams.


The new role will capitalise on NEC’s recent strong growth in the EMEA region by merging the roles of Strategic and Ver- tical Sales with Regional Sales. Simon will be responsible for bringing a more strategic and unified focus to the company’s sales strategy across all verti- cals and country markets. Simon has unrivalled sales experience, having managed divisions and has also been instrumental in building, devel- oping and leading teams across EMEA to play a central role in NEC’s success across the region. He is also a highly-re- spected name in the industry and has recently been elected to head the board of the Digital Signage Organisation (DSO). The organisation provides a voice for Europe’s digital sig- nage industry, providing a fo-


IDNS has announced the ar- rival of several new strategic appointments to support their exciting growth plans. Daniel Jennings has been brought in to head up IDNS’ marketing, Dan Gravelle has joined as a Technical Project Manager for the South West, Chris Wood- ward is a new Systems Design- er with previous experience in IT design and Sonjia Kinsella joins after spending 5 years with Virgin Media and Vodafone to provide support on several new contracts.


EMEA, Simon brings a wealth of experience, strategic insight and industry knowledge that will be invaluable as we look to pursue our further growth in the region.” “This is an exciting time for both NEC and the industry as a whole,” said Simon Jackson. “The EMEA market for digital signage is growing at almost 10 per cent a year and will be worth more than $7 billion by 2020. Thanks to the great work by our vertical, regional and strategic teams, as well as recent acqui- sitions like S[quadrat], we are in great shape to secure a large share of this booming market.” “Our customers can see NEC as a trusted advisor and a part- ner that is strongly committed to achieving their business ob- jectives. This consultancy-led approach will be key to our continued growth in the years ahead.”


Jennings has over 10 years experience in the technology sector and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills in the latest marketing techniques. He will be driving lead gener- ation, digital acquisition and be working closely with IDNS’s strong vendor network to help maximise their exposure across various verticals.


Jennings said: “There is a huge opportunity at IDNS to work with a great group of special- ists who have proven them- selves to be successful in such


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change at University of Wales Trinity St David’s, so I’m very excited to be part of such an innovative and forward-think- ing team.” Managing Director Darren Clay- man commented: “It’s a fantas- tic time to be joining IDNS with several new framework agree- ments commencing, and our business growing rapidly across a number of verticals, so we are thrilled to announce these new strategic appointments. IDNS have continued to lead the way in the AV industry, both in the interactive and collaborative education markets. These new starters will give us the skills and experience to help support our continued growth plans.”


Mark Lowe, Midwich Managing Director, commented:


“Since joining the business in 2006, Iain has played a signif- icant role in the management team and been instrumental in the adoption of technical AV within our distribution portfo- lio. I’d like to wish Iain all the best with his new venture and at the same time, wish Jonny and Steve continued success at Midwich in their new roles.” Jonny Francis, Sales and Mar- keting Director and Steve Fay,


specialist engineering and de- sign skills to produce 3D visu- als, final detailed drawings and BOMs for multiple projects, as well as fitting and testing of new products, and on-site customer support.”


Chris has over 25 years’ engi- neering experience and over 10 years’ specialist AV industry knowledge. He joins from an equipment supplier of mount- ing structures and furniture for high end AV, broadcasting, corporate, hospitality, and re- tail sectors, where he designed and managed bespoke projects such as media walls and LED tile mounting solutions. Prior to that, he held various design engineer roles which encom-


passed precision, mechan- ical and fabrication design, through to assembly, manufac- turing and site installation. Commenting on his appoint- ment, Chris said, “Being the first European Design Engineer for Peerless-AV is an exciting position to be in and I look for- ward to working with the teams both sides of the pond to drive new design innovation and de- velopment.”


An Indentured Apprentice as a miller, turner and grinder, Chris also holds a distinction in City & Guilds for Engineer- ing as well as an ONC and HNC in Mechanical & Production Engineering.


Chris Jones announced as Peerless-AV’s first European Design Engineer.


Ian Campbell (centre) with new Midwich board members Jonny Francis and Steve Fay.


Director from his previous role as External Strategic Customer Development. Both have been with Midwich for combined service in excess of 20 years and are well positioned to sup- port the Company in its future growth.


Iain Campbell has been with Midwich since 2006 and has played an invaluable role in the strategic growth of the Midwich Group during his 13 years. Iain Campbell, Sales Director, commented on his departure: “Since entering the industry in 1995 and joining Midwich in 2006 following the acquisition of True Colours, I have been lucky to meet some fantastic people on the way. Midwich really is all about the custom- ers and employees and I am proud to have worked alongside the best in the business. The development of Midwich into a global distributor has been truly amazing and I am happy to have played my small part in helping it be successful.”


External Sales Director com-


mented: “We are both excited by the new challenges that our new roles will present us. We’re most excited about the oppor- tunity to continue supporting the ongoing development of the great people at Midwich as well as reinforcing the relationships with our vendors and custom- ers. Midwich’s long-standing relationships set us apart from the competition and we’re ex- cited to continue growing these and supporting Midwich’s fu- ture growth.”


Peerless-AV has announced the appointment of Chris Jones as Design & Project Engineer for the European business. Chris will support the UK Pro and EMEA Sales and Product Man- agement teams with a focus on concept design development. Keith Dutch, Managing Direc- tor - EMEA, Peerless-AV, said: “Chris will be an invaluable as- set to our business for ensuring design continuity, utilising his


Meyer Sound has announced the appointment of Silicon Valley veteran executive Marc Chutczer to the newly created position of Vice President of Digital Program Management. In his new role, Chutczer will take charge of one of the most significant refocusing efforts in the 40-year history of the com- pany.


“Digital signal processing and networking


technologies have


become inseparable from to- day’s leading-edge loudspeaker and acoustic systems,” says Executive Vice President Hel- en Meyer. “The appointment of Marc Chutczer and the con- current


formation of a new


cross-functional management team will enable Meyer Sound to maintain its lead in develop- ing and bringing to market the world’s most advanced, fully in- tegrated solutions.” Under Chutczer’s guidance and coordination, Meyer Sound will pursue a wide range of new digital technology initiatives as well further development of cur- rent digital programs, including Constellation, spatial sound initiatives, Bluehorn System, M-Noise, MAPP, SIM, and AVB networking.


Chutczer comes to Meyer


Sound with a wealth of expe- rience in high-level technology sector management, including project management at Hew- lett-Packard, cofounder and COO at Design SHIFT and CEO at Kaertech.


In his new position, Chutczer will foster greater synergy among other team members focused on digital technol- ogies, including Senior Sci- entist & Innovation Steward Roger Schwenke; Director, Engineering Digital Products Brent Hoffman; Director, Dig- ital Product Experience Tim Boot; Director, Spatial Sound Steve Ellison; Director, Emerg- ing Technologies Perrin Meyer; Digital Products Solutions Ar- chitect Richard Bugg; Senior Digital Products Specialist Rob Mele; and Technology and Solutions Specialist Rimas Avizienis.


“Meyer Sound has contributed a wealth of expertise to the au- dio industry over its 40 years. The digital team is a treasure trove of new ideas, and we’ll be working hard to bring them to market while maintaining a commitment to the com- pany’s tradition of innovation and uncompromised quality,” Chutczer summarizes.


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