Kramer Electronics this week announced the appointment of Itzhak Bambagi as its first worldwide CEO, effective immediately.
The appointment “reinforces Kramer’s position as a leader in pro AV innovation as the company aims to further drive its software and cloud-based initiatives to both support and adopt new business models, better suited to address the needs of the evolving AV industry,” according to the company announcement.
Bambagi joins Kramer as worldwide CEO. Meanwhile, Clint Hoffman remains CEO of Kramer US.
Bambagi has served in key executive roles at IBM and Digital/Compaq over the past 18 years.
Among the various projects and technologies on which he worked, he also led IBM’s IT transformational experience using cloud technologies and various digital workplace initiatives across EMEA.
“I am both proud and honored to be joining Kramer as their CEO,” said Bambagi in the Kramer announcement. “For the past four decades, Kramer has led the way with advanced AV solutions and the Kramer brand is known and respected worldwide.
“I have been a long-term admirer of Dr. Joseph Kramer’s dedication, work and vision and look forward to working with the global Kramer teams to further enhance the company’s evolution and making Kramer even greater,” he said in the company announcement.
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Bambagi “will be instrumental in driving Kramer’s ethos of advanced pro AV solutions utilizing tighter integration, software and cloud-driven functionality,” the announcement says.
“Bringing software and cloud components further into the pro AV arena is the next step,” said Bambagi in the Kramer announcement. “By allowing remote support and management, we can bring standard uniformity to multisite installations.
“Hassle-free solutions and an outstanding user experience are key and my IBM experience will assist in delivering technology that ‘behaves’ in ways that are wholly familiar to – and expected by – IT departments,” he said in the announcement.
“The way customers consume IT and AV in an IoT enabled world will have a tremendous impact on our industry. Converging technologies bring a multitude of challenges and opportunities with software-driven solutions, cloud power, and scalability as well as opportunities for new business models, such as AV as a Service (AVaaS),” said Bambagi in the Kramer announcement.
Bambagi vows Kramer will “continue to develop our pro AV innovation and support, educate, and collaborate with our loyal customer base which has made Kramer so great for the last four decades.”
Kramer founder president and chairman Dr. Joseph Kramer is excited about Bambagi’s hiring.
“Itzhak’s decades of experience in sales, service and operational management paired with his deep understanding of advanced networking and cloud technology will be invaluable assets as Kramer meets the continuing challenges of the converging pro AV and IT industries,” Kramer said in the company announcement.