Eden Prairie, Minn. – Williams AV, a global designer and manufacturer of wireless communication technology and a leading provider of video annotation technology, announces the appointment of Brad Kautzer to the position of President and CEO.
Kautzer is a highly experienced executive with a passion for building teams, growing global businesses and driving high tech innovation. Kautzer’s skills and abilities developed during a rich and extensive series of executive-level roles as the senior leader of various global businesses at Honeywell. His last two roles also included leading and transforming a PE-owned Machinery company and a family-owned automation/IOT company, each serving global customers. He was successful in improving both market leadership and operational performance, resulting in sustainable top-line growth and accretive earnings.
“I can’t wait to assist taking the great team at Williams AV to the next level,” says Kautzer. “Strong customer and channel relationships are at the center of everything we will do. I intend to use my passion for sales, marketing, engineering and operational excellence to bring our customers the best in leading AV products and solutions. I pride myself on being a hands-on leader who gets the most from the teams with which I am associated. While being a visionary, my real strengths lie in working closely with groups and individuals executing what is required to grow a successful business. I will bring a customer-in look to Williams AV and engage collaboratively with the board/ownership to truly understand the goals for the business and to turn this into results that benefit the owners, employees and customers.”
Long time AV industry veterans and visionaries behind Williams AV, Rob Sheeley and Tom Mingo, aren’t saying goodbye anytime soon. As board members and significant shareholders of Williams AV, they look forward to staying involved when it comes to strategic product development and supporting the sales and marketing teams.
Sheeley says, “I’m ready to carry out our vision to make Williams AV a bigger and more powerful global brand and to expand our product leadership in assistive listening, interpretation and other markets. With Tom’s and my experience in the AV industry combined with Brads’ experience in growing global business, we are sure to see rapid growth.”
Serving professional communication needs worldwide since 1976, Williams AV offers products across five wireless communication technologies: real-time audio via Wi-Fi, digital, FM, infrared and induction loop. All five are successfully used in an array of commercial applications, including hearing assistance, language interpretation, tour, corporate, education, government and house of worship. Our systems currently include WaveCAST Wi-Fi Assistive Listening System, Presenter Hub presentation system, Digi-Wave™ digital communication, Induction Loop, FM and Infrared assistive listening systems. For more information, please visit www.williamsavcom.