— John Wilson, long-term chairman and active president of IBC, has recently passed away. Wilson, a member of the business community who finished his career as sales director at Link Electronics and founded a displays business, Anna Valley, decided in 1990 that IBC had become limited by its venue in Brighton, and began to create a plan to move the organization to the next level.
Wilson employed six partners — IABM, IEEE, IET, RTS, SCTE and SMPTE — to help transition the organization. He became chair of IBC, and when he passed the mantle on, was given the title president.
David McGregor, founder of TSL and a veteran of every IBC show, said, “John Wilson was always the perfect gentleman who in his own quiet way worked extremely hard for the benefit of IBC and the broadcast industry in general. His chairmanship transformed IBC into the well-drilled organization it is today.”
A memorial service will be held at 14:30 on June 24, at All Saint’s Church, Upper Clatford, SP11 7HB. Upper Clatford is just south of the town of Andover in the south of England.