AuviTran SARL in Grenoble, France (www.auvitran.com), announced the passing of its Business Development Direct and co-founder Wlodek Sielski (pictured) on December 29, 2007, following Sielski's seven-month battle with cancer. Sielski leaves behind his wife Fiona and two children, Poppy and Liam. AuviTran states that Sielski will be missed by his friends and colleagues in the industry, and remembered for his beliefs and enthusiasm in everything he did.
Born in Poland, Sielski pursued a university education in electronics before becoming the touring sound engineer for Poland's top Communist-era rock band. Sielski later settled in The Netherlands and began working in sound design and engineering for one of the country's major theaters and then The Hague. In the late '80s, Sielski moved to the United Kingdom where he engineered for national broadcasters, including Central Television and Sky TV.
Capitalizing on his broadcast experience, Sielski shifted from engineering to sales and began distributing Digigram products in the UK. He later headed up business development at Digigram France, developing new customers and opportunities for the brand, as well as becoming a director of its Asian subsidiary. While at Digigram, Sielski met Yves Ansade and Jeremie Weber, and together, they created AuviTran.
In addition to his work at AuviTran, Sielski consulted on development projects at Fostex Japan and Klein + Hummel in Germany.