It’s been a tumultuous year at CEDIA, which is likely why chairman of the association board of directors, Dennis Erskine, reached out to the organization’s membership today to lay out its position and direction.
Citing the rapid evolution of technology and the technology industry, Erskine assured members that recent personnel changes were not as disruptive or sudden as they appear, most likely referring to the sudden resignation of Vin Bruno as global president and CEO and the awkwardly timed departure of Ron Fleming, VP of business development. Erskine pointed out that “personnel changes occur for a broad variety of reasons” and that “employees come and go in every company.”
Expanding from there, the chairman went on to allay fears that the organization may be in some sort of financial trouble. CEDIA’s trade show was recently sold to Emerald Expositions in a move that then global president and CEO, Bruno characterized as an opportunity to expand the show’s resources and exposure to consumers. Staff cuts preceding Bruno’s departure likely also contributed to fears of financial woes.
In an effort to demonstrate the organization’s sound footing, Erskine pointed to the expertise of Dr. Rebecca Homkes of the London School of Economics. Homkes will work with CEDIA staff “develop a clear, concise, and effective strategy for the association,” a process that is already “moving forward brilliantly,” according to Erskine’s letter. Meanwhile, COO Tabatha O’Connor will continue to lead CEDIA as acting president/CEO.
In closing, Erskine encouraged members to voice any remaining concerns by contacting him or any other board member directly.