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Audio Collaborative 2020

Speaker Line-up


Geir Skaaden, Chief Products and Services Officer - Xperi

Geir Skaaden serves as our Chief Products and Services Officer and leads global sales, business development and product management for our portfolio of imaging and audio solutions. At DTS he was promoted to Executive Vice President, Products, Platforms and Solutions in 2015, having previously served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development, Digital Content and Media Solutions. Prior to that, Geir served as Senior Vice President, Products& Platforms from April 2012 to December 2013. From 2008 to 2012, he served in a number of positions where he oversaw strategic sales, licensing operations, and business development. Prior to joining DTS in 2008, Geir served as the chief executive officer at Neural Audio Corporation from 2004 to 2008, where he previously served as Vice President, corporate development from 2002 to 2004.

Geir holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Oregon, a business degree from the Norwegian School of Management and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington.


Katy Templeman-Holmes, Director of Market Strategy - Harman Professional

Katy Templeman-Holmes drives results for HARMAN Professional, as Director of Market Strategy for the division. Katy is an established PRO AV figure, with deep experience in Engineering, Product Management, Sales, and Marketing. This profile with an education in Strategy from Harvard and Cornell Universities, uniquely positions Katy to help focus the organisation, with actionable programs for stability and growth.


Tim Johnston PE, Vice President of Engineering - Starkey Hearing

A seasoned audio executive with body-worn audio technology and product development expertise, Tim Johnston is passionate about creating the best experiences for hearing health, music listening, gaming, fitness, and communication. Drawn by the opportunity to be part of one of the most forward-thinking, industry-leading, U.S. based hearing aid manufacturers, Starkey Hearing, Tim Johnston joined the company in April 2020 as Vice President of Engineering and Program Management. From working with engineers developing first-to-world technology, Tim Johnston is deeply inspired by making a difference in people’s lives and helping them live their lives more fully.

Prior to joining Starkey Hearing, Tim Johnston was a Vice President of Engineering and Senior Vice Preisdent and General Manager of the Headphone Business Unit for Bowers & Wilkins, spearheading the creation of the successful headphones business and award-winning headphones, which received accolades from the likes of Rolling Stone magazine as “Best Overall Headphones 2020.”

Tim Johnston began his career in the audio field at Plantronics (Poly), where he held various Vice President roles, developing full lines of speaker phones, headphones, and headsets that positioned the company as a world-leader in office and callcenter audio solutions. A strong advocate for thinking outside of the box and advancing the field, Tim Johnston has held Adjunct Professor roles with four universities for Design Thinking. He is a registered professional engineer and an inventor on over 20 utility patents.


David Saidden, Director of Strategic Partnerships - TikTok

David Saidden joins us from TikTok after spending the last 20 years working across various mobile carriers and retailers globally. Based in Europe, David is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships at ByteDance; the technology company behind TikTok. TikTok is the platform for creating and sharing short videos on the go which is now available in over 150 markets, across 75 languages and is consistently rated the number 1 downloaded app globally.


Travis Baxter, Content & External Affairs Director - Bauer Media

Travis works with Bauer Radio focussed in the UK. His background is in programme making and subsequently business management having been a Managing Director with what is now RTL group and also EMAP, and Bauer Radio UK. He has worked for Private Equity firms Advent International and 3i and in most countries in Europe. His current projects include working with DCMS on the steering board of the Digital Radio Review.


Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1 - BBC

Bio coming soon...


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