Peerless-AV has announced that Gordon Dutch, managing director of Peerless-AV EMEA is to step down on 1 October 2016 and move into a part time ‘non-exec’ director role, with Keith Dutch promoted to MD of EMEA. Gordon Dutch will remain on the main global advisory board in the US and will be active in assisting with the long-term strategy and marketing of the business.
In addition, Melinda Von Horvath has joined the Peerless-AV EMEA board as sales director from Milestone AV, where she worked for over 10 years and worked with competitor brands including Chief, Projecta, and Da-Lite.
John Potts, global president of Peerless-AV, stated: “The EMEA business has grown explosively over the past seven years under Gordon’s leadership and we are very pleased that Gordon plans to stay on in a reduced, but active role in the business. We are genuinely excited by the recent additions and announcements we have made and look forward to growing our presence here in the EMEA region exponentially.”
Gordon Dutch confirmed: “Since merging with Peerless back in May 2009, I had always planned, at some stage, to step back from the daily operative tasks of the company. However, I did not want to do that until we had fulfilled all our key objectives and roles for the future of the EMEA business. The addition of Melinda to our board here, along with all the hard work Keith and my whole team have put in over the past seven years means I now feel fully comfortable stepping down as MD for the EMEA, and look forward to a little R & R, alongside the work I will continue to do in the business.”
Von Horvath added: “I am really excited to be joining the main board of Peerless-AV EMEA. Of course I know them well from my over 22 years of service in the AV industry, as they are widely known as a strong company with excellent products, outstanding customer service and innovative AV solutions for all markets. I look forward to strengthening our presence in mainland Europe.”
Photo caption: left to right – Melinda Von Horvath, Gordon Dutch, John Potts and Keith Dutch, Peerless-AV