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‘This moment is pivotal for the market’: Jon Sidwick and Jane Hammersley join Collabtech

Sidwick joins as company president with Hammersley coming on board as senior vice president of global alliances

Former Maverick AV Solutions execs Jon Sidiwck and Jane Hammersley have today (August 3) joined collaboration and AV solutions specialist Collabtech as president and SVP global alliances, respectively.

As the largest independent solutions business in the market, Collabtech provides physical and virtual enablement services in over 110 countries. In his new role, Sidwick will spearhead the innovation and growth strategy for the business, which includes establishing a European headquarters in the UK. Maverick Collaboration exec Hammersley will also join the business as SVP global alliances, with the mission to work with the business’s clients to develop solutions to suit the rapidly evolving world of collaboration. 

Sidwick commented: “Over the past few years, we have watched Collabtech evolve into one of the exciting and agile businesses in the market right now. They have a unique set of skills deployed with care and the highest quality for the channel. I am so pleased to be able to work with Shawn and the team to take the business to the next stage. This moment is pivotal for the market as companies adjust to a new normal and Collabtech can help scale enablement like no-one else.”

Formerly at Maverick AV Solutions, the pair created a leading AV and collaboration business, delivering channel partnerships and multi-vendor solutions to the market. The business grew to the market leader in the merging AV/IT space, deploying solutions for thousands of meeting spaces annually. 

“The current crisis is driving unprecedented usage of meeting platforms that require end to end digital workflow deployment,” said Hammersley. “CollabTech is seeing a massive increase in demand, leading to recent global investment and expansion in its service set, designed to help the channel to evolve rapidly and in a more customer focussed way than ever before.” 

Collabtech founder Shawn Leonard added: “Our mission at Collabtech is to help people work better together and never has that been more pertinent. Jon and Jane bring unique UC experience and deep channel relationships which will help the business to scale and meet the exponential growth we are seeing in the space right now. As President, Jon’s creative and disruptive approach fits with our customer centric focus and desire to challenge conventional thinking to create a new kind of partner for the channel.”  

Leonard will remain as chair of the board and majority shareholder, actively involved in the business’s direction and strategy. The business has a new European head office in the UK and will be adding to the leadership and deployment teams to reinforce current customer programmes and help develop and deploy emerging platform centric services. 

Sidwick continues as vice chairman of industry association AVIXA.