03.01.18

Tom Butler joins management team at Andrew Lucas London

tom butler (formerly Artcoustic), managing director at installer Andrew Lucas London, headshot

Smart home consultant Andrew Lucas London has announced the appointment of Tom Butler as managing director, following his tenure at Artcoustic Loudspeakers.

A well-known figure in the home technology industry, Butler’s career began in AV/CI with a role at Rayleigh Hi-Fi in Chelmsford, Essex, where he progressed through the ranks, before leaving the industry to work in the financial sector as a private client stockbroker at CSS Partners (then Charles Street Securities).

He returned to the smart home industry in 2008, when Butler worked first as sales manager for Neo, before spearheading sales at Kent-based installer Modus Vivendi.

The past seven years have seen him at Danish loudspeaker manufacturer Artcoustic in a role managing the manufacturer’s sales operations.

Butler has also been involved with CEDIA for several years as an elected member of its EMEA board, and currently serves on the unified global CEDIA board (following the merger between the organisation’s European and global operations).

He joins multiple award-winning smart home business Andrew Lucas London with the aim of cementing the company’s place as a premium installer of the highest calibre. As well as leading the company’s sales efforts, Butler will join the senior management team in overseeing the company’s overall direction and ensuring the business continues to operate as efficiently as possible.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to come in and manage a smart home business of this calibre,”commented Butler. “I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team in ensuring that Andrew Lucas goes from strength to strength over the coming years.”

Founder Krystian Zajac, who previously served on the CEDIA board alongside Butler, will step back from day-to-day management of the company but will continue in his role of chairman, alongside his role as CTO of smart home insurtech business Neos. This growing enterprise – co-founded by Zajac and partially developed in Andrew Lucas’ internal R&D department – recently underwent a Series A funding round which raised £5 million in Series A funding, led by Aviva Ventures and strategic partner Munich Re.

“We’re delighted to have Tom join our team and are pleased to welcome someone of his talent and drive,” said Zajac. “It is a testament to the ambition and drive of Andrew Lucas that we’ve managed to acquire someone with such standing within the industry to join our team. Tom deservedly has an excellent reputation in the industry and we are looking forward to the fresh impetus he will bring in helping us deliver simple yet elegant smart homes that our customers love spending time in.”

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