INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2018) — CEDIA is pleased to announce that Giles Sutton, founder of James and Giles Ltd, will join the CEDIA team as Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement. This new role will be charged with driving member engagement around the world, facilitating strong partnerships across the industry, and helping build awareness of the CEDIA channel among architects, builders and interior designers.
“Giles has an incredibly clear understanding of the CEDIA membership — their needs, challenges, and opportunities for growth — having built his own successful integration business. Giles also has a great understanding of working with design and build professionals and can attribute much of his company’s growth to outreach efforts, which will be a huge help to us in executing our strategic plan,” said Tabatha O’Connor, CEDIA president and CEO.
Sutton has spent the last 13 years as Managing Director of James and Giles Ltd. based in London. Under his leadership the company has won numerous industry awards and had its work featured in industry press as well as national publications. Prior to founding James and Giles, Sutton worked for a pro audio installation company designing recording studios and live sound systems.
“I am incredibly proud of the company I have built: At the same time I find myself ready for a new challenge. Having gone through the strategy process as a member of the CEDIA Board, I feel incredibly confident in the direction of the organization and the important role this position will play. I am honored to be joining the CEDIA team and know we will do great work together,” said Sutton.
Dave Humphries, CEDIA Chairman adds, “As a board member,Giles has been dedicated to helping communicate the value of the organization and the CEDIA channel as a whole, which makes him a wonderful fit for this position.”
Over the years, Sutton has served as a CEDIA volunteer in many capacities. Not only on the board (the EMEA board prior to global alignment and now the global board), he has also served on the Membership Advisory Council, the Designation Task Force, the Governance Committee, and the Trailblazers Apprentice Working Group (EMEA), as well as holding the position of CEDIA Treasurer. In addition, Sutton has been a leader for a CEDIA Group, he’s a CEDIA Outreach Instructor (COI) and holds the CEDIA Certified Designer (ESC-D) designation.
Sutton graduated with a BA Honours degree in Sound Technology from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).
Sutton has stepped down from the CEDIA Board and has resigned as Managing Director of James + Giles.