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GES Expands Audio Visual Services with Acquisition of UK-based Blitz Communications
Las Vegas
September 17, 2014


Pictured from left to right: Jason Popp, GES Executive Vice President of International Business, Ashok Makanji Blitz|GES Chief Financial Officer, Steve Moster, President of GES, and Paul Hutton Blitz|GES Managing Director

LAS VEGAS – September 17, 2014 – Global Experience Specialists (GES), a leading global event marketing company, announced the acquisition of Blitz Communications, a leading audio visual (AV) services provider for the live events industry in the United Kingdom (UK) and continental Europe. Blitz Communications has offices in London and Manchester, U.K. and is the in-house audio visual service provider at five major U.K. conference and exhibition venues – ExCeL London, Earls Court,Olympia, Manchester Central, and the NEC.

GES President Steve Moster said, “The addition of Blitz Communications allows us to provide a full suite of AV services across the U.K., Europe and the Middle East. Blitz has built a strong reputation in the live events market by helping to stage exhibitions, product launches, awards dinners, conferences, annual general meetings and road shows for some of the world’s leading organizations.” Moster continued, “Providing AV services is a key part of our strategy to become the preferred full service partner for the global live events market, and the addition of Blitz complements our AV service in the U.S.”

Blitz Communications has been serving the live events market for 25 years and is an expert in the delivery of a wide range of creative AV services including specialist divisions which provide digital media, lighting, theatre, set and stage, graphics, audio and video.

GES Executive Vice President of International Business Jason Popp commented, “The acquisition of Blitz Communications combines a full offering of audio visual services with our existing range of services, allowing GES to offer an increasingly comprehensive and convenient approach to service delivery for our live events clients across the U.K., Europe and the Middle East. With the addition of Blitz, we have immediately gained a well-established and leading position in the U.K. audio visual market.

Blitz Communications Managing Director Paul Hutton commented, “Blitz has grown and developed since its formation in 1989 and during that time we have had a close working relationship with GES. Both companies share a similar business culture, and we’re thrilled to be part of GES’ dynamic and customer-focused organization. We look forward to growing the overall business through the new opportunities the acquisition presents.”