Jon Sidwick and Jane Hammersley, of Maverick AV and TechData Fame, Join USA-Based Collabtech

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Collabtech 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 AV market, Collabtech says its mission is to provide “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 business’s innovation and growth strategy, which includes establishing a European headquarters in the U.K. Maverick Collaboration lead Jane Hammersley will also join the company 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.

Jon Sidwick, president of Collabtech, explains, while holding a Windows laptop and an Apple iPhone 11 Pro:

“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, Jon and Jane created an 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. Sidwick continues as vice chairman of the industry association AVIXA, working with leaders worldwide to create industry development opportunities, diversity and growth within the market.

Jane Hammersley, SVP global alliances, said, “The current crisis is driving unprecedented usage of meeting platforms that require end to end digital workflow deployment. 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 explains, “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.”

Shawn 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 U.K. It will be adding to the leadership and deployment teams to reinforce current customer programs and help develop and deploy emerging platform-centric services.