The Jasco Group has announced the appointment of Paul Divall as MD: broadcast and managed solutions, effective from 1 August 2013.
Divall is tasked with building and driving the strategy for Jasco’s existing Broadcast Solutions division, as well as developing and growing the Managed Solutions business.
Broadcast Solutions has a long history and a solid reputation in the South African market, and Divall is in charge of maintaining this business, taking the lead in developing new strategies to grow the business, and driving the division in line with the ever-changing broadcast technology market.
Managed Solutions is a new business entity within the Jasco Group, aimed at bringing together components of the diverse Jasco portfolio of products and services into solutions that deliver added value for customers. Divall will also be leading the development of these solutions in line with customer requirements, and taking them to market.
Divall holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Natal and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pretoria, as well as completing the Programme in Business Communication from the University of South Africa Centre for Business Management.
He has more than two decades of experience in the telecommunications and technology space, having spent 14 years at Siemens Telecommunications with 18 months at Siemens AG in Munich, Germany, and six years at Nokia Siemens Networks.
His experience runs the gamut across all fields of expertise from engineering and software development to technical presales, product management, business development and account management.
“As MD for both Broadcast Solutions and Managed Solutions, Paul will be bringing all of his previous skills to bear in a challenging new environment. His experience in hardware, software and engineering combined with sales and business development experience made him the ideal candidate for the position, and his extensive skills along with his experience of technology will be invaluable in this role.
“We look forward to working with him in building both of his divisions,” says Mark van Vuuren, chief operating officer of the Jasco Group.
Divall will initially focus on growing the broadcast solutions business, expanding the product portfolio to include some of the latest technologies, and enhancing the division’s business as a systems integrator and provider of value added solutions. As part of his longer term goals with Managed Solutions, he will work with the team at Jasco to develop strong offerings, which he aims to incubate and take to market.
“The entrepreneurial aspect of this position with regard to the Managed Solutions business really attracted me to the role, and I feel that this division has significant potential to meet a gap in the market. Ultimately I will be starting up a completely new business within a larger organisation, and this is something I have always wanted to do. I am looking forward to the challenges that my new position will entail,” Divall says.