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GDS Appoints Alastair Collier as Business Development Manager for London and The South East
UK – GDS has announced the appointment of Alastair (Al) Collier as business development manager for the London and South East of England area. Al brings a rich diversity of experience to the role, having first obtained a degree in mechanical engineering, before taking over as MD of his family's luxury retail jewellery business, where he enjoyed 15 successful years at the helm. A career move into property development followed, during which time Al broadened his skill-set by qualifying as an electrician before seeking a role in the lighting industry, a pursuit inspired by his strong interest and active participation in entertainment promotion and production.
Matt Lloyd, managing director of GDS offers an enthusiastic welcome: "Al brings something special to the GDS team. His experience combines an in-depth understanding of high-end retail with an equally comprehensive technical background, skills that complement each other perfectly in our business. I'm certain that Al's insights will be invaluable in helping us explore new markets as we develop and expand our product ranges. GDS was founded on a passion for theatre solutions and whilst our scope is now considerably wider than the entertainment sector alone, it's great to have another team member on board who shares our love of all things performing arts."
Alastair Collier looks forward to the challenges ahead: "I believe that GDS is a perfect fit for me. My technical experience enables me to fully appreciate the application possibilities of the company's amazing product range, whilst my time in retail has given me the business background essential to developing relationships. I'm looking forward to delivering the GDS message to London and the South East and helping to further grow the potential of this superb cutting edge technology."
As GDS celebrates its 13th year, the award-winning UK manufacturer has become a truly global company, having established an international sales and distribution network in 38 countries. A multiple award winner with six market-leading brands, GDS continues to innovate at the forefront of the entertainment, architectural, television and corporate markets. From ArcSystem, the original wireless Auditorium LED Lighting System to BluesSystem backstage working lights and from CueSystem cue lights to its stage mangers desk, GDS continues to create innovative, flexible solutions that have found their way from Broadway to the Liverpool Everyman and from The Esplanade Singapore to the Savoy Theatre London.
9th June 2017
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