AVIXA Appoints Chris Lavelle as Senior Director of Development Europe

FAIRFAX, VA – May 15, 2018 – AVIXA™, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lavelle to the position of Senior Director of Development Europe. Lavelle takes on the role having spent nine years as Regional Director for the UK and Ireland. He will lead the team based in Munich and the UK, and will spend significant time visiting members and allied associations throughout Europe and the Middle East. Lavelle is tasked with overseeing continued market growth in the region and carrying out AVIXA’s ongoing mission to serve as an industry hub.

“It’s a real pleasure to be given this exciting opportunity, and I look forward to getting started in my new role,” Lavelle said. “There has been some fantastic work done by our team in Europe, and there is a strong desire and commitment from AVIXA to do even more to deliver our message, liaise closely with our existing members, and further drive membership growth. I look forward to working with our talented team and using our shared experiences and knowledge to offer the AV community the best level of service we can, whether that be providing education, working with partners, increasing awareness or helping to raise industry standards.”

The move will be effective June 1. Current Senior Director of Development Europe, Pam Taggart, will be moving into a global position with AVIXA as Senior Director of Strategic Relationships, based in the U.S.

AVIXA has also announced a raft of team changes to reflect the association’s growth in Europe. With new roles being created and a new team structure, AVIXA’s activities in the region have increased to provide an enhanced offering to its growing European membership base. New recruits in Munich include Jennifer Leutgeb and a new European Marketing Manager. Jennifer is replacing AVIXA Education Program Manager Ally Fowler, who will step up to the role of Director of International Education following the retirement of Bill Thomas. A European Marketing Manager has been appointed and will be announced in due course.

Other developments include the promotion of Ben Barnard to Regional Manager for the UK and Ireland. Sarah Carless will also move into a new role as Member Relations Manager, with a new Program Coordinator to be appointed in her stead. In addition, Valeria Rapa has been made Program Coordinator in Italy on a permanent basis.


AVIXA™ is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 5,400 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, live events companies, technology managers, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes for end users. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence and thought leadership. Additional information is available at avixa.org.


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