Geoff Matthews, CEO of Convoy International, has died unexpectedly aged 68, following complications from a recent illness.
Convoy International issued the following statement:
‘It is with great sadness that we announce that Geoff Matthews, CEO of Convoy International, passed away today in Engadine NSW, due to unexpected complications from a recent illness. The entire Convoy family mourns this loss. On behalf of our management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Matthews family. Geoff was a larger-than-life figure who brought his remarkable passion, energy, and decades of experience in the audio industry to the business.’
Matthews was one of the most highly-regarded figures in the hi-fi industry, having started his career in the industry in 1966, when he joined Convoy as a service technician.
After several years his skills and talent were such that he was appointed head of Convoy’s service department, responsible for repairing all the brands Convoy imported back then, which included Hitachi, TDK, Carver, Systemdek, and Audio Control.
In 1979 when Convoy was restructured due to a change in ownership, Matthews partnered with Alex McInnes to change the face of the business and added the Nakamichi, B&W and Monster brands to its distribution business. Later in the 80s Matthews was appointed General Manager of Convoy, and was responsible for securing the rights for the company to distribute Harman Kardon, JBL, Classé and Omnimount.
Following McInnes’ departure from Convoy, Matthews took over as CEO and initiated a major restructure of the company to meet the demands of the new century, adding thirty additional staff and moving to a larger integrated office/warehouse facility, and appointing Steve Burton as General Manager of Convoy. Burton told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine: ‘With the passing of Geoff Matthews, Convoy has suffered a major loss. Notwithstanding that loss, the Matthews family has made clear their wishes that Geoff would want Convoy to continue and to prosper. The management team will honour this wish and uphold the legacy that Geoff nurtured and leaves behind. Geoff’s family and the Convoy management team will continue to consider in a deliberative way how best to maximise the company’s performance over the long term.’
The funeral will be held in the South Chapel, Woronora Memorial Park, Linden Street, Sutherland, on Friday 8th March, 2019, at 11.00am.