High Profile GM for Staging Connections Melbourne

16th February 2009

Staging Connections Group CEO Tony Chamberlain has announced the promotion of Haig Walker to the position of General Manager of Staging Connections Melbourne. Haig, who is currently General Manager of Staging Connections in New Zealand, takes up his new position in mid March. He also holds the position of Regional General Manager with overall responsibility for Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia.

Tony Chamberlain said that Haig Walker brings strong industry leadership and experience to the role.

"Haig has over twelve years audio visual hire and event staging experience covering technical, production, sales, operations and general management. His strong commercial expertise will be invaluable to us as we begin the process of relocating the Melbourne business to its new premises in Port Melbourne. His hands-on approach to leadership and running the business with a focus on staff engagement are important qualities for any business focused on service excellence," he said.

Haig joined Staging Connections in New Zealand in 2003 as Operations Manager and was appointed General Manager in 2006. Under his management the NZ business achieved significant organic and acquisition revenue and profit growth. Haig was responsible for the successful expansion of the New Zealand business from a single base in Auckland to include bases in Wellington and Christchurch.

"I am really looking forward to driving business and operational synergies within our Melbourne operations. The Melbourne team comprises highly experienced world class event professionals who have a reputation in the industry second to none. I really want to galvanise our audio visual and event staging base and venue teams and this process will commence once we move to our new (permanent) premises in Port Melbourne this month. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with the team to reinvigorate our brand and expand our services so that we can continue to deliver exceptional event experiences to our clients and venue partners.

Haig Walker replaces Acting General Manager Paul Hermann who joined Staging Connections in Melbourne in September 2008 as a specialist consultant with responsibility for major projects such as the Melbourne office relocation as well as streamlining warehouse operations prior to the move.

"During his time with us, Paul has expertly managed the entire business relocation to Port Melbourne including the co-ordination of the interior design and fit-out of the building. He is currently implementing the significant logistics associated with moving a business and warehouse of this size. Paul will continue to manage the relocation project and will also provide consultancy services and collaborate with Staging Connections on joint future projects. I would like to thank Paul for his efforts and wish him well in the future," Tony Chamberlain said.