Barco has announced a number of important appointments and investments to accelerate its growth in a number of target niche market areas. The appointments are aligned behind the five strategic Barco Projection Systems business units - Projection Products, Digital Cinema, Daylight Displays, Control Room Displays and Simulation.

Simon Turtle, an experienced Barco sales manager, has been promoted to business development manager of Barco Projection Products. He is joined by Colin Dunne as customer services manager. Dunne, formerly with Christie UK and Dynamic Logic has more than 25 years' experience in engineering and customer service. Mark Anderson has been appointed to the newly created position of market development manager for Barco's rapidly-expanding Home Theatre product group. Previously with Pioneer and Sony, he brings nearly 20 years of sales expertise to develop the dealer network. Mark Leahy joins as sales manager for Barco's acclaimed rental and staging product group. Leahy, formerly with Chrysalis Entertainment, brings more than 20 years' sales experience to provide an enhanced support to Barco's UK rental partners. Ashely Raines has been promoted to head up the corporate product group. He is joined by two new account managers, Simon Owen and Anthony Urion.

Mike Coleman, an experienced Barco sales manager, has been appointed business development manager of Digital Cinema to spearhead Barco's entry into the world of digital cinema. Ross Burling, another experienced Barco sales manager, has been promoted to the role of business development manager for Daylight Displays. He will be joined by Mark Cole and Paul Dorrington to take Barco's LED technology into a number of target niche markets and applications. The company has also recruited Neil Harber as business development manager for Barco Control Room Displays. Harber has more than 20 years' sales experience in the audio-visual industry working previously for Metro Video and Steljes. David Sadler, previously sales manager for Raytheon Systems in the UK, is named as business development manager for Simulation Products. Sadler has extensive experience in the simulation market place having also worked for Hughes and Redifussion Simulation. Completing the host of new appointments, Keely Buston has recently joined the company as marketing co-ordinator from the marketing agency Ecoute Marketing Communications.

Finally, Barco Projection Systems has established a new Reading-based product group, BarcoNexxis, under the direction of Martin Howe. BarcoNexxis is experiencing high demand for its Intelliroom technology. To address this market opportunity significant additional investment is being made by Barco in the UK. During the last year, 18 new employees, including 12 development engineers, have been recruited with many more planned in the coming years.

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