The news that Tim Swann the Chairman and owner of Melbourne based Cygnett, was killed at the weekend in a tragic motor bike accident has sent shock waves through the consumer electronics industry.
He was young, ambitious and a risk taker in both his personal and business life, claim people who knew him.
He was also enthusiastic and a key figure at Cygnett where he drove design and innovation that saw the Company emerge as a major player in the accessories market.
Stephanie Ogden the long time CEO of Belkin said, “It’s tragic such a loss to the industry.”
Bruce Thierbach the former General Manager of JB HI Fi is a person who worked with Tim Swann from those early days in 2005 when he first approached the big consumer electronics retailer with his products.
“He was an innovator who will be missed. He drove the business and was responsible for the success of Cygnett. He was also young and energetic, and he had worked out what the market wanted, and he delivered the right products.”
Another senior retail executive who worked closely with Cygnett said” He was the engine room at Cygnett. When he walked away from working with his father David Swann at Swann Communications back in early 2003, he took a gamble that he could succeed in the accessories market”.
“He created great packaging and he got the right product onto shelves. This worked for both Cygnett and retailers.”
His LinkedIn profile describes him as an…