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Vague Vivid appoints interim CEO

24 Apr 13

Vivid Solutions has appointed Miles Smith as its interim chief executive following the resignation of CEO Simon Hayden.

The specialist video conferencing company says Smith, an existing Vivid Solutions manager, will lead the Vivid team and work with the board as it plans and implements a new management structure.

“Miles is ideally placed to take over the reins of the company during this time," says Patricia Wright, chairperson, Vivid Solutions.

"He has been with Vivid Solutions since 2005 and currently has responsibility for managing Vivid Solutions infrastructure and systems.

"He has helped build Vivid’s reputation for secure, reliable video conferencing services and is well known to customers and suppliers.”

Hayden, who was one of the founders of Vivid Solutions, will continue to maintain strong links with the company according to Wright.

“Simon has accepted a director position on the board of Vivid Solutions, where he will provide ongoing assistance in managing the intellectual property assets of the company.

“On behalf of the Board I thank Simon for his leadership.

"During his time at Vivid Solutions he has grown the company to be the leading provider of video conferencing services to the New Zealand health sector.”

Beginning as a not for profit company established by the NZ TelePaediatric Service, Vivid launched its video conference network in 2003 with eight connected video conference units.

“This grew to 30 units by mid-2004 at which time a mental health-based network was developed," Wright continued.

"By 2006, the service moved from a paediatric provider to a broad-based supplier of video conferencing services with over 130 units operating nationally.”

Today, the service has over 270 highly secure conferencing endpoints around the country located in DHBs, the Ministry of Health, university medical schools and a number of Primary and Community Health Organisations.