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Participants announced for ISE 2016 Opening Panel Discussion

The pre-show Opening Panel Discussion will take place on Monday 8 February, the day before ISE opens. The event will be led by David Rowan, Editor-in-Chief of Wired UK magazine, who will moderate a panel made up of leading business and technology experts.

The panel will explore how the convergence of AV and IT, driven by the rapid evolution and implementation of IP technology, has created increasing technical challenges and business opportunities for the installation and integration market sector. Under the theme and title of ‘How Sensors are Bringing AV and IT Together’, the expert panel will seek to answer key questions on one of the businesses hottest topics.

Rowan commented: “IP has proven to be the ‘Great Unifier’, bringing together many diverse industries onto the network. Given the ramp-up of cloud, video, unified communications and collaboration, digital signage, smart building and mobile, this panel brings together experts to discuss how AV and IT share today’s voice/video/data network.”

Participants in the Opening Panel Discussion include:

Toni Barnett: CDEC, Managing Director. Barnett leads a £13m business with a team of 40 operations, sales and admin staff and around 50 engineers working across the UK for professional integrator CDEC.

Jonathan Wagstaff: Context, country manager. Wagstaff has managed global data-collection projects for major IT vendors and is currently responsible for the UK and IE IT distribution, reseller, and retail panel for Context.

Kevin Morrison: Harman, executive VP. Previously Morrison was the CEO and a founder of Endeleo Group, which was acquired by AMX in October 2006. AMX was subsequently acquired by the Harman Group in April 2014 and in October 2015 he was appointed the senior VP of the Enterprise Strategic Business Unit. He is now responsible for global sales of Harman brands under the Harman Professional Division.

Mark Grady: Google, Android & Chrome for Work, channel sales lead, EMEA. Working with business customers Grady looks after the sales and business development of Google’s suite of Chrome and Android products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google in 2013, he worked for over 15 years in marketing, business development and management roles with Virgin, Orange and Microsoft.

Bernd Eberhardt: NEC, president and CEO, NEC Display Solutions. NEC Display Solutions Europe has its European headquarters in Munich, Germany and is responsible for all business activities in EMEA. It benefits from the technological know-how and technologies of the NEC Corporation and, with its own R&D, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers offering a wide product range of leading display solutions.

Free to attend for all registered ISE attendees, the Opening Panel Discussion will take place in the Forum at 18.00 and be followed by the official Opening Reception in the Forum Lounge.