Leyard and Planar Hire Vince Schuster as Director of Northeast Sales

vince-schuster-headshot-9_16PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 12, 2016 –Leyard, a global leader in visualization products, and Planar, a Leyard company and global leader in display and digital signage technology, today announced the company has hired top-performing industry veteran, Vince Schuster. Schuster comes to Leyard and Planar with a 20-year history in the AV display industry, most recently as President and CEO of Salitek, a specialty distributor of digital video wall displays. Well known throughout the AV community, Schuster led the North American sales division for Panasonic Systems Communications, leading the AVT channel team while developing business managers who surpassed an annual business plan of over $300M.

On the heels of its 2015 acquisition of Planar, Leyard continues to invest and expand its market position as the leading manufacturer of narrow pixel pitch (NPP) LED video wall displays globally, with a market share nearly three times greater than its nearest competitor, according to a recent 2016 video wall report published by Futuresource Consulting, “Quantifying & Analysing the Key Trends in the Global Landscape.”

“As Leyard continues to capitalize on our leadership position within the LED video wall market and expand our footprint in North America,” said Adam Schmidt, Vice President of Sales for North America. “We are thrilled to have Vince’s tremendous leadership experience, proven track record of strategy driven sales engagement to continue to build our North American operation and surpass our customers’ expectations. With 2015 global sales of NPP LED video walls reaching $3.4 billion, and expected double digit growth forecasted though 2020, we see an extraordinary opportunity to expand our dynamic leadership position.”

Schuster is based in Maryland and will report to Adam Schmidt with oversight over the North Eastern USA and Canada.