Have Global Acquisitions Lived Up to Expectations?

February 21st, 2020

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Is it possible that Global has uncovered fraud, or at the very least a ‘distortion of revenue’ related to some of the acquisitions they made when they formed Global Outdoor back in 2018?

That anyhow, is the belief of many people who we spoke with in the UK this past week. Sources close to the matter tell us that the flag was raised inside Global when sales revenue on former Outdoor Plus inventory failed to reach the levels that the buyer “assumed had been achieved in 2018”.

Over the past few years many UK media owners have effectively inflated their sales revenue figures with a series of substantial one off payments paid into their own business by selling their site/screen leases and freeholds to the likes of Wildstone and Insite Outdoor. This is something that Outdoor Plus did in 2018, which is of course, the year that Global valued and then bought the business.

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New London City Approach ‪@MMALimited‬ Billboard

February 21st, 2020

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Mass Media have launched their first new site of 2020.

London City Approach is a Mega 6 on the A13 Alfreds Way facing traffic heading toward London and will be seen by 65,000 vehicles per day in the London bound direction.

This is the first of Mass Media’s new sites for 2020, another will be launching next month on the A33 in Reading and another the month after that on the Ealing Road, Wembley.

The Global LED Summit, #SamsungKX

February 21st, 2020

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

The Ministry of New Media have announced a new full day event for 2020.

The Global LED Summit will take place in London on Wednesday May 13, 2020, during London Digital Signage Week (May 11-15, 2020) and will be held at Samsung KX.

At The Global LED Summit, expert speakers will be looking at the LED Video Market Evolution in Western Europe, what the opportunities are for ultra-fine pitch, miniLED and MicroLED and the purpose of shape-changing displays.

We will also explore how award winning LED installs are put together, discuss the LED opportunities within Corporate lobbies and atriums and take a detailed look at retail and physical design.

There are also plans to take this event to New York during New York Digital Signage Week.

Agenda and speakers will be announced shortly.

Joe English Joins @ReflectSystems

February 21st, 2020

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Joe English has joined Reflect as EVP, Sales. He has been out of our industry for a few years but was at RMG for nine years sometime ago. We are told by people who know him well that this is a good hire.

Winfried Karst Joins @TalonOOH

February 21st, 2020

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Talon Outdoor has announced the launch of its German division with Winfried Karst appointed as Managing Director.

Winfried Karst is tasked with driving business in Germany, mainland Europe, and international spend from across Talon’s Plexus network, ie. expanding Talon’s reach in mainland Europe.

He’s spent over 12 years at Kinetic as co-founder and COO of Germany and Austria, and CEO of Switzerland. This was followed by short lived senior management positions at Amscreen Europe and Goldbach.

Most recently, he has been CEO of SK2 Solutions a consulting and media business focusing on the area of healthcare clients and digital Out of Home.

Alister Smith Joins @MidwichLtd

February 21st, 2020

Andrew Neale

Alister Smith has joined Midwich as AMX’s Business Development Manager UK.

He will be based at Midwich Group’s newly opened Innovation House showroom in Bracknell, Alister brings 20 years’ experience in the industry across distribution, manufacturing, reseller and integrator businesses within the Corporate, Residential and Commercial markets. Alister you may remember was was Vice Chairman of CEDIA EMEA from 2014-16.

Midwich are the only distribution partner in the UK & Ireland to offer the full range of AMX products and Alister will take a central role in growing the brand. His experience allows Midwich to further enhance their reach within the channel partner community, as well as increasing engagement with end users.

To discuss the wealth of opportunities across the AMX product range, feel free to contact Alister on alister.smith@midwich.com.

Simon Hayes Joins @NEC_Display_UK

February 21st, 2020

Andrew Neale

Simon Hayes has joined NEC Display Solutions where he will drive NEC’s Meeting Room and Collaboration Solutions business, primarily across its global enterprise customers.

As a member of the UK Solutions Team and integral to the NEC One Global Programme, Simon will be pivotal in steering NEC’s leading position in this important growing market.

He brings a wealth of knowledge with him having worked exclusively within the collaboration space, he joins NEC having previously worked for SMART Technologies.

This Week’s AVJobs

February 21st, 2020

Andrew Neale

AV Jobs provide a highly specialist Recruitment Service for Audio Visual manufacturers, distributors and resellers.

They also work within the broadcast, events and unified communications industries providing quality and experienced staff at all levels – from board members through management, field service and sales, as well as on-site technical and sales people.

Their Consultants have experience within the AV industry and fully understand all areas from sales through system design and installation, hire and events, operations and service.

Here are this week’s selection of #AVjobs from them…

  • MOBILE DIGITAL SIGNAGE SALES CONSULTANT
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location East Mids or Yorkshire
    Area Cambridgeshire, England Derbyshire, England Leicestershire, England Nottinghamshire, England East Yorkshire, England South Yorkshire, England West Yorkshire, England
    Sector Sales Sales – Audio Visual Sales – External Account Manager Sales – Business Development Sales – Field Sales
    Salary £38000 – £40000 Per Annum £40k p.a. neg. doe uncapped comms, benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29962
  • AUDIO VISUAL TECHNICIAN TEAM LEADER
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location London West End
    Area City of London, England London North , England
    Sector Engineer Engineer – Audio Visual Engineer – Technical Support Director Events & Hire Events & Hire – Exhibitions Events & Hire – Conferences
    Salary £30000 Per Annum £30k p.a. + overtime & great benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29966
  • AUDIO VISUAL INSTALLATION ENGINEER
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location Northern Ireland
    Area N. Ireland, N. Ireland
    Sector Engineer Engineer – Audio Visual Engineer – Installer Engineer – Service
    Salary £25000 – £30000 Per Annum Competitive & negotiable salary + benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29965

Rob Zeller Joins @NEC_Display

February 21st, 2020

Andrew Neale

NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc. has announced the appointment of Rob Zeller as Vice President of Sales, Direct View LED Solutions.

He brings over 25 years of audio/visual tech experience to NEC Display, including over 20 years in large LED Display system design and sales, and will oversee the sales of NEC Display’s growing direct view LED portfolio.

Betsy Larson, SVP Sales, NEC Display Solutions of America told us “Rob has first-hand experience with the evolving LED market, and we’re excited to see him grow our direct view LED business with the support of our global brand. As someone with a long history of closing numerous large-scale projects with complex installations, Rob is the ideal leader for our LED sales team.”

One of his goals will be to bolster NEC Display’s presence in new and growing markets, including entertainment, which was a focus in his previous roles with Panasonic and Daktronics. Beyond entertainment, Rob will help enable global retailers to reinvent the brick-and-mortar experience with NEC’s vibrant LED solution. The key to success, Zeller said, is to show customers the long-term value of NEC’s products compared to the competition.

Doug Fundator Joins @SNAdisplays

February 21st, 2020

Andrew Neale

Doug Fundator has joined SNA Displays as director of sales for the Western U.S.

He brings more than 25 years of media and digital experience to the growing sales staff at SNA Displays, most recently with Architectural Design and Sign (AD/S) and before that NanoLumens

Rick Bortles said “Doug has an extensive working knowledge in digital signage, LED and LCD, but also in upstream componentry such as content management system and video processing. Having a technical understanding of the complete system really gives Doug a unique advantage when it comes to establishing healthy relationships in our industry. We received so much interest in this position, but Doug really is a perfect fit for us and the kind of asset we need to drive interior and exterior LED display business in this region”.

Doug Fundator is a resident of Las Vegas and he will be working for Rick Bortles, SNA Displays’ vice president of global sales.