Vel Johnson Comes Out of Retirement to Complete “Unfinished Business” at Kinly
Kinly has reappointed Vel Johnson as its managing director (MD) for the U.S.—luring him out of retirement to support, strengthen, and lead the Kinly U.S. team forward into a new era.
With a career spanning more than 40 years, Johnson held senior leadership positions in some of the world’s leading multi-billion-dollar technology companies. Johnson returns as Kinly’s U.S. MD three years after having originally relinquished the position in December 2021 as part of his semi-retirement plans.
Based in Kinly’s Cedar Knolls, NJ corporate office Johnson says he was inspired to return to Kinly following positive discussions with newly appointed CEO Tom Martin, who revealed his ambitious growth and expansion plans for the company in the U.S. market.
“With over 20 years of experience and supporting more than 2,500 clients, Kinly is a recognized and trusted global provider of fully tailored AV and video collaboration services and support,” said Martin. “We have identified opportunities in the U.S. market and, under Vel’s leadership, I have no doubt those opportunities and our ambitions as a company can be fulfilled. I’m delighted to welcome Vel back to the Kinly family.”
Nicknamed “The Coach” by his colleagues, Johnson, along with the rest of the U.S. team, will now develop and execute a more business and culturally aligned go-to-market strategy to mirror what has been deployed in Kinly’s other global markets; Johnson and Martin have long-term ambition to replicate what Kinly calls a “commanding market leadership position” in the region.
“I am delighted to return to Kinly and to be entrusted by Tom to help guide this already burgeoning business on a new more deeply aligned journey to achieve even bigger and greater things in the U.S. market,” concluded Johnson. “I was enjoying my retirement, but after the call from Tom, the opportunity to be part of something so special was simply too good to turn down. I feel determined and excited by what the future holds for my team and the company as whole.”