Avonline plc Announces the Appointment of Steve Knott as Executive Chairman

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Steve, who was previously Managing Director of HMV, joins the Senior Management Team at Avonline from 1st October.

Avonline plc today announced the appointment of Steve Knott as Executive Chairman from 1st October 2009. Steve joins the long established Senor Management Team of Mark Wynn (Managing Director); Helen Drew (Financial Director); Richard Hale (Director of Installations); Trevor Thomas (Director of Business Services) and David Rogers (Head of Business Development).

Mark Wynn, Managing Director, commented, "With Avonline's Senior Management Team having worked closely together for the last decade, bringing Steve into the team is a key strategic development for the business. Adding Steve to our leadership team brings a wealth of first class business knowledge and experience which both complement and enhance our existing skills."

In previous roles, Steve was Managing Director of HMV UK & Ireland, Managing Director of Waterstones and Managing Director of World Duty Free Europe (BAA). Mark added, "Through leading these major organisations over many years, Steve has developed a broad range of skills which will enhance those of the established senior management in many areas including strategy and business development, sales and marketing and people development."

Commenting on his new role, Steve said, "I am delighted to be joining the Avonline team at such an exciting time. Having worked with the senior team over the last 12 months, I recognise the many new opportunities which present themselves to the business and I am confident that we have the people, the skills and the desire to deliver them."

About Avonline Plc
Avonline plc is one of the UK's leading Installation and Business Services companies. Established in 1981, with around 500 engineers providing broadband and digital services to customers around Europe. Avonline has a specialist division deploying broadband satellite internet solutions to provide high speed networks supporting VPN, VoIP, video and broadband data. Their recently launched 3.6 Mbps Tooway product, which offers low cost hardware and installation together with Tooway's plug and play connectivity, allows satellite broadband access to thousands of customers located in rural locations and not spots or with a slow or unreliable ADSL service.

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