Videoconferencing and collaboration solutions providers Viju and VisionsConnected are to merge, having both been acquired by Avedon Capital Partners.
The ambition is to build a leading global visual collaboration company specialising in designing, installing, servicing and supporting physical and virtual meeting environments for global customers, and customers with a strategic need for videoconferencing, collaboration and audiovisual solutions.
The combined company today serves corporate and public customers in over 120 countries. It will have its official headquarters in Amsterdam and will continue to serve its customers from multiple office locations throughout EMEA, USA & APAC. A new brand, that reflects the evolution of these two reputable businesses into an integrated global organisation, is expected to be launched in early 2018.
We believe this is a perfect opportunity to join forces with VisionsConnected and create a leading global visual collaboration specialist.
Odd Sverre Østlie, CEO of Viju
Odd Sverre Østlie, previously CEO of Viju, will be appointed as CEO, to achieve an ambitious growth strategy, both organically and by selectively looking at add-ons. Raymond Alves, the founder and CEO of VisionsConnected, will be appointed as chief solutions officer, and will spearhead the company’s solutions and services development.
Commenting on the announcement, Østlie said: “We believe this is a perfect opportunity to join forces with VisionsConnected and create a leading global visual collaboration specialist. “For the end user to be effective, they need a trusted partner to bring the world of different technologies together. We can now provide our customers with a seamless ecosystem of personal and shared video and AV technologies as-a-service, covering every need from one-to-one and group collaboration, to internal all-hands and external events.”
“Employees must be able to really enjoy and master the experience of working collaboratively, and organisations must be able to realise and measure real improvement from their investment in audiovisual and collaboration technologies.” said Raymond Alves of VisionsConnected. “I look forward to further developing our solutions and services, and continue to drive innovation by enabling effective collaboration between people and organizations.”
Emily Jeffries-Boezeman, investment manager at Avedon Capital Partners, said, “We have been following this market and recognised the opportunity to create a globally leading specialist in this dynamic, but still fragmented market... With their outstanding people, talented leaders and shared culture striving for the best customer experience, Viju and VisionsConnected together form the ideal foundation for our entrance into this industry.”