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Jon Sidwick and Jane Hammersley join Collabtech

Jon Sidwick has been appointed president and will spearhead the innovation and growth strategy for the business

Collabtech, a global provider of collaboration and AV enablement solutions has appointed Jon Sidwick as President, as part of a growth and innovation strategy designed to help people work better together. 

As the largest independent solutions business in the market, Collabtech provides best in class, physical and virtual enablement services in over 110 countries. Working through the channel to support integrators and end users, Collabtech’s clients include manufacturers, distributors and platform partners as well as integrators in UC, IT and AV.

Jon Sidwick will spearhead the innovation and growth strategy for the business, which includes establishing a European headquarters in the UK. Maverick Collaboration lead Jane Hammersley will also join the business as Senior Vice President Global Alliances, with the mission to work with the business’s clients to develop solutions to suit the rapidly evolving world of collaboration.

“Over the past few years, we have watched Collabtech evolve into one of the exciting and agile businesses in the market right now,” said Sidwick. “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, Jon and Jane created a world leading AV and collaboration business delivering innovation, 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. Jon continues as Vice Chairman of the industry association AVIXA, working with leaders throughout the world to create industry development opportunities, diversity and growth within the market.

“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 said:  “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 programs and help develop and deploy emerging platform centric services.

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