The Moscone Center in San Francisco is the site of the 133rd AES Convention; Inset: AES President Jan Abildgaard Pedersen.
By Steve Harvey.
Almost a year after Jan Abildgaard Pedersen took over as AES president, vowing to get things back on track in response to the wobbly global economy and industry changes, he comments, “I conclude that the AES is now changing for the better. I am sure that we can turn the gold in our hands into a bright and successful future for the AES.”
There have been many developments since the 131st Convention in New York, continues Pedersen, senior manager at Bang & Olufsen in Denmark and a specialist in DSP and acoustic technology. For example, “A large and detailed search for a new executive director for the AES resulted in the hiring of Bob Moses, who started his work on January 1st.”
The organization has also appointed a business development manager to help Moses find new ways to serve businesses, says Pedersen: “Steve Green is making significant steps forward in marketing and putting new ‘products’ on the shelves.”
The program for the annual U.S. AES Convention has been broadened to encompass more of the audio community. “We are launching new ‘Convention Tracks,’ where we directly address a selection of our target groups,” he explains. “We have also launched a special app for iPhone and Android that also uses these convention tracks.”
The Journal of the AES has a new editor, Bozena Kostek. “All AES members also owe a big thank you to our former editor, John Vanderkooy, who did a fantastic job developing the Journal and bringing new initiatives; for example, the ‘Engineering Briefs,'” says Pedersen.
Various standing committee chair positions have also changed, and Pedersen has reorganized the voting members of the AES executive committee into more of a management team. “I have been working with the executive committee and the board of governors to ensure the future of the AES under three headlines: ‘Change, Transparency and Collaboration.'”
In Europe, he says, “We had a very small but successful exhibition in Budapest.” A longer-term strategy for European conventions, looking past the planned 2013 convention in Rome, is in development through greater interaction with potential exhibitors and sponsors.