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Industry moves: key appointments and partnerships for February

We reveal the key appointments and new partnership agreements from across the AV industry for February.

Anna Valley

Anna Valley has tripled the size of its AV integration department in just six months following an extensive recruitment drive.

The senior roles have been filled by Ian Benneyworth, Tom Lewis, and Stuart Taylor who have all been named project managers.

Previously UK operations manager for Pixel Projects, Ian Benneyworth brings 15 years of experience in the corporate, education, retail and home automation AV sectors. Tom Lewis joins from AVMI where he was responsible for ensuring that visual solutions met the functional and creative requirements of the client, and provided ease-of-use and reliability. Stuart Taylor previously spent a number of years at the McLaren Technology Group where he was responsible for setting up the AV service department and designing and installing the McLaren Centre for Applied Performance conference facility.

The recruitment has also seen a number of technical staff brought in to the integration team. Dean Shipp is Anna Valley’s first CAD manager, he has over 15 years’ experience as a draughtsman in the AV industry, including positions at Electrosonic and AVI-SPL. Anna Valley’s new senior AV technician, Edgar Putans, also comes from Pixel Projects and is a qualified sound engineer who has experience in 3D projection mapping and augmented reality.


Nancy Dias has been named customer experience coordinator at EAW in what is a newly created position within its global sales team. Dias is tasked with overseeing the customer service experience of all EAW customers while also providing visibility of that experience to the in-house EAW team.


Ole Jensen (pictured) and Jonas Olsen have joined Genelec as international sales director and sales manager respectively, both based in Denmark. The duo arrive with more than 50 years of combined experience across the professional monitor and AV markets, and are tasked with further developing the company’s relationships with customers, distributors, and dealers.


Van Williamson has been appointed as vice president of installed sound at Music to help the brand and its installation portfolio deliver leading installed sound solutions. Williamson joins from Harman Professional, where he lead the company’s global installed sound, and has been in the industry for more than 20 years.


Matt Nurre has joined NanoLumens to lead its channel development programs as the VP of global retail sales. Nurre comes to the display manufacturer from the Retail Design Source in Chicago, a boutique retail consultancy he spent nearly nine years, the last five as president.


Stuart Davidson has been appointed as director of Streamline services delivery to support the expansion of the integrator’s service that aims to standardise global AV strategies. Davidson and his team will work closely with customers to capture and apply standards to projects globally in a consistent and cost effective manner.


Thomas Ast has been named as the new area manager – partnerships in DACH, to help drive new business across the region. Ast joins a growing export sales team where he will be responsible for IT system houses, AV dealers and integrators, helping to manage project implementation, while assisting in strategic planning and business development opportunities.

New Partners

Panasonic has formed a strategic alliance with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts whereby Panasonic Visual Solutions will be the ‘official projection technology’ of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. As part of a long-term agreement, these Disney properties will have access to the latest Panasonic projectors and lens solutions.

RGB Communications has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with AV signal management and distribution company, Absolute. The deal sees RGB become exclusive distributor for the commercial and residential market across the UK, Ireland, and Europe and will help Absolute expand beyond Latin America, where it has been a brand leader.

Specialist systems integrator Ikure has been acquired by Saville Audio Visual parent company, SEA Holdings limited. This will allow both AV integrators to expand operations in the installation and AV maintenance sectors. Ikure, which has been operating for the last 12 years from offices in Bourne End, has now moved operations to premises in Hawley Lane, Farnborough.

Williams Sound has named AVP Sales as its new and exclusive commercial sound distribution partner in Sweden. AVP Sales has a thorough understanding of networked audio and is a distributor of professional audio equipment, representing a number of brands.