Darren Seed was really good at communications. I recommend him highly.
We've interacted with lots of communications / PR / marketing people over the years and he compared quite favorably.
Some comparative observations that might be of interest to business readers here:
- A surprising number of communications / PR / marketing people can not hold a pleasant, human conversation. Seed could. This is not everything but if you are going to come off as a robot or a jerk, it is going to be hard to convince people (which after all is the point in such roles).
- He was up front when he did not know things (many of them lie or hide) and was good at following up with information when he received it.
- Most importantly, Seed was able to make his case reasonably and thoughtfully, countering our concerns, which helped Avigilon's coverage. By contrast, you get a lot of communications / marketing / PR people who feel threatened by negative questions and give up or make excuses why they cannot make a case.
I do not know all the details going on with Avigilon here but it seems strange.