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CEDIA Elects 2015 Leadership

CEDIA has elected its 2015 volunteer Board of Directors, adding three new directors: Omar Hikal, Kris Hogg, and George Walter.

CEDIA has elected its 2015 volunteer Board of Directors, adding three new directors: Omar Hikal, Kris Hogg, and George Walter.

“CEDIA’s Board of Directors continues to be filled with distinguished members of the industry and we are excited to welcome these three new additions,” said CEDIA executive director and chief operating officer, Don Gilpin.

Omar Hikal became the CEO of Archimedia in 2010. His primary focus is ensuring that Archimedia is consistently delighting and impressing its clients with solutions that are thoughtfully designed and flawlessly executed. Before joining Archimedia, Hikal held various positions in IT, sales, marketing, and general management. He holds a business degree from Boston University’s School of Management and, subsequently, attended executive management programs at INSEAD and the senior executive program at Harvard Business School. In addition, Hikal is a CEDIA Certified System Design Professional and also sits on the CEDIA EMEA Board of Directors.

Kris Hogg is the founding director of UK integration firm, Konnectiv Technology Ltd. He has been in the home technology industry since 2000. In 2010 Hogg formed Konnectiv Technology Ltd., and the company has rapidly established itself as one of the leading experts in the UK home automation field specializing in large apartment schemes as well as private client work. He was elected to the CEDIA EMEA Board of Directors in 2012 and currently serves as the chairman of the EMEA Board. Hogg also has served as a board member on the global IT industry trade associations, the Association of Service and Computer Dealers, a U.S.-based trade body that lobbied at governmental and manufacturer level both in the USA and Europe to ensure fair trading practices and the development of recognized industry standards.

George Walter is currently director of Home Entertainment for Christie Digital, where he has been responsible for launching the Christie Digital residential business unit. Prior to joining Christie Digital, Walter spent 14 years with Digital Projection Inc., where he launched the residential channel for Digital Projection’s projector line and eventually became vice president of home theater for Digital Projection Inc. He has been a CEDIA member for 15 years, and also sits on the board of Azione Unlimited. Walter earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University.

The 2015 CEDIA Board of Directors:

Federico Bausone
Robert Brown
Dennis Erskine
Hagai Feiner
Omar Hikal
Kris Hogg
Dave Humphries
Richard Millson
Terence Murray
Larry Pexton
Michael Pope
George Walter
Joe Whitaker

The executive committee will be announced in early 2015.