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Rutledge AV enters fifth decade under new ownership 

Rutledge AV enters fifth decade under new ownership 
Rutledge AV's Michael Rutledge

Rutledge AV enters fifth decade under new ownership 


Having asserted its international credentials into EMEA and APAC, global technology solutions provider Diversified has extended its global footprint to Australia. Headquartered in New Jersey, the US company has announced its acquisition of Australia’s long-serving systems integrator Rutledge AV. Having celebrated its 40th anniversary this April, the Melbourne-based company founded by Michael and Sandy Rutledge numbers 365 employees with offices across seven states and territories.

As a leading systems integrator in Australia, Rutledge AV’s extensive client base and strong service track record was specifically targeted by Diversified. The acquisition will now enable it to provide local support to its clients with the confidence to deliver the standards they’ve become renowned for in the Americas, EMEA and APAC.

‘I’m very excited for this endeavour, expanding our capabilities into the Australian market and being a true global technology partner for our clients,’ commented Diversified founder and CEO Fred D’Alessandro. ‘The Rutledge team and everything they’ve built is a testament to their strength as an organisation and the synergy of our cultures, always a key deciding factor, promises continued growth and opportunity.’

Founded from humble beginnings in 1979 primarily involved in the design and build of broadcast and recording studios, Rutledge AV has exponentially grown to become Australia’s largest AV integration specialist. ‘I’m delighted to have found the perfect home for what has been my life’s work,’ reflected Michael Rutledge, who now serves as Rutledge AV’s chairman. ‘Sandy and I look forward to seeing the company continue to thrive as part of the Diversified family.’

Diversified’s president Kevin Collins added a further comment. ‘Welcoming Rutledge into the Diversified family is a huge milestone that I am proud to be part of. Much of our strategic international growth has led us to this point, where we now have established entities in almost all continents across the globe. Most importantly, we’ve arrived here through partnerships with highly skilled organisations that share our values and passion for next generation technology solutions.'

Rutledge CEO Andrew Morrice is now charged with leading Diversified’s expansion into Australia and helping establish the company’s operations in the region. ‘We are very excited to be part of Diversified,’ said Mr Morrice. ‘The merger was a logical choice with numerous similarities between our businesses and Diversified’s innovative approach to the technology services industry. We can’t wait to start working together as one team.’

Operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Diversified, Rutledge AV will continue to be a trusted partner to its clients while introducing Diversified’s portfolio of offerings.

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