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Kinly expands Innovation Team

Kinly, the global provider of AV integration, collaboration services and support, has today announced the appointment of Mark Faugstad as Product & Business Development Manager – Immersive Collaboration.

Mark brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having worked in the virtual, extended, and augmented reality industry for the past 15 years. During this time, he has held a variety of senior management positions at Dreamtek, Vision3, and White Light, making him the perfect person to further Kinly’s commitment to enhance its innovative capabilities and lead its Immersive Collaboration portfolio.

Based in the UK, Mark will report directly to Simon Watson, Global Head of Innovation, in his new role driving Kinly’s product innovation strategy. This includes, engaging with industry thought leaders, vendors, and research bodies to gather data and report on emerging trends and opportunities. He will also collaborate with senior leadership to set priorities, create business cases, and define targets for new products or solution developments.

Mark’s focus extends beyond initial product creation. He will also work closely with Kinly’s commercial, technical, and sales management teams to align product and service roadmaps with the companies’ commercial strategies and objectives. This collaborative approach will ensure a focus on the entire product lifecycle, from development through to optimisation.

By prioritising the lifecycle management of products, Mark aims to bring new solutions to the company – ensuring Kinly remains at the forefront of technological innovation.

Speaking on the appointment, Global Head of Innovation, Simon Watson, said: “Mark has an impressive background in the VR/XR/AR industry. Previous roles include developing 3D VR experiences for immersive training and location-based applications including a VR experience on ocean pollution for museums and a Microsoft HoloLens 2 social experience focused on orca migration, along with working on well-known motion picture projects. As such, his extensive expertise will significantly enhance the credibility of Kinly’s commitment to a continuously evolving immersive collaboration solution set.

“Mark is dedicated to collaborating with end users to define workflow-based solutions that enhance clients’ business efficiencies through the strategic use of immersive collaboration tooling. He will undoubtedly be a key asset in driving XR Studio product forward for Kinly.”

Mark added: “Kinly’s commitment to developing an immersive collaboration product portfolio is what made the decision to join the team so easy. The new immersive products will unlock endless collaboration possibilities and it aligns perfectly with my passion for driving innovation and creating meaningful impact for clients.

“I have always admired Kinly’s passion for technological excellence. I am excited to work alongside the best professionals in the industry who share this vision.”