We're born from years of producing devices for major global customers
We are a UK-based company that develops and markets a wide range of ‘Connected Everywhere’ products that are available to many countries across Europe. Our business has evolved from designing and manufacturing devices for many major global customers, to building and marketing a plethora of products under our own IMO brand.
Our products span many categories from mobile handsets and wireless routers to fixed routers & multiservice access gateway. While positioning ourselves as an agile innovative challenger brand in the market we pride ourselves on the efforts and resource we invest in quality of delivery, from our manufacturing source to the end consumer.
Our leadership team is made up of a group of experienced and successful industry professionals, with a strong business credibility, who have built an organisation that delivers reliability to all our customers & partners.
An industry known and respected Executive in the Mobile Industry, Francois became Non-Executive Director at Verve Connect in September 2019, with a focus on strategic business development and product strategy.
Francois has over 20 years of international experience in the consumer electronics and telecom sectors, having held Senior Leadership positions in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific for large blue-chip organisations in both B2B and B2C eco-systems.
His last roles were Vice-President of the B2B Division at Samsung Electronics Europe, Corporate Vice-President of the Smartphone Division at BlackBerry Ltd and Director of Devices & Multimedia Services at Orange.
Francois is a keen tennis player, a wine amateur and collector, who enjoys travelling with his family.
Chief Marketing Officer
Chris is responsible for leading and developing the business to ensure it focuses on growing its business in line with market and customer needs.
With extensive international experience in the communications industry, Chris has held senior roles with Vodafone, Tech Data and recently as Liberty Global Vice President, where he was responsible for developing business operations and driving the rollout of mobile capability across Liberty’s European subsidiaries.
Through a deep knowledge of the value chain Chris adds a unique dimension to the team with commercial, marketing and product development expertise that will ensure solid all-round value with our partners.
Chris is a motor sports enthusiast and also enjoys outdoor activities when time allows
A Quality Assurance & Social Accountability specialist, Steve joined Verve Connect in an advisory capacity in 2018 supporting all aspects of the Verve Connect quality assurance and industry accreditation program.
Steve enjoyed a 25-year career with Vodafone culminating as Head of Global Device Product Assurance supporting Vodafone’s global device quality & supply chain programme. When Steve left Vodafone he went on to head Q Assure, an experience rich company that have been applying their extensive knowledge of management systems, product development & manufacturing processes to support a select number of clients across very diverse industries
Steve also enjoys a ‘quality’ lifestyle with interests including fast cars and playing his bass trombone, not at the same time of course.
JF became an advisor of Verve Connect in early 2015. He has over 30 years’ experience in the telecoms industry, having held senior management positions in Raytheon, Racal and Orange in the US, Australia and Europe.
He is a Lead Technologist at Innovate UK, where he provides thought leadership on digital connectivity, including the Internet of Things and 5G. Prior to joining Innovate UK, JF was Head of Innovation at Orange Business Services, where he managed a collaborative innovation program for Orange’s customers and partners, dealing with digital innovations in health, transportation, finance and other sectors, in areas such as contactless, mobility or the Internet of Things.
In addition to his research activity in the field of history of science and technology, JF is a keen hill walker.
WU Sa is responsible for the building and running of this energetic company, overseeing business strategy and the building of product portfolio, proposition and business/partner development.
Previously At ZTE, he is credited as a key force in spearheading the company’s breakthrough in the UK and its expansion in Europe. He is also the key driver of the multi-channel strategy, shaping the practice from a white label model to a proposition-led business.
Prior to that, he held product management positions at Orange Business Services and Siemens Optical Fiber Cables.
Wu Sa is a passionate long-distance runner and a competitive tennis player.
Business Development Director
Jasmine joined Verve Connect in February 2019 responsible for leading and developing the business to ensure it focuses on growing its business in line with market and customer needs.
Having held senior positions previously in Ericsson, Sony and Vodafone Jasmine benefits from 20 years of telecoms and FMCG experience in commercial product, sales and channel management. Most recently at Virgin Media she was responsible for the overall management of mobile devices developing differentiated and compelling device propositions to excite customers and ensure commercial needs were delivered. Jasmine’s strong background in relationship management, end-to-end planning and execution of products and propositions will enable further development of Verve Connect’s key partnerships to ensure joint business growth and success.
Jasmine enjoys keeping fit and is a regular gym-goer, an experienced skier and likes being out in the countryside.
Business Development Director
James is responsible for leading the strategy and leading the business within the broadband and IoT vertical.
Across the last 20 years, James has held senior European sales and business development roles within Samsung and Toshiba, working across both hardware, software and IoT.
Through a deep knowledge of connectivity and IoT platforms James will add value to our partners and customers as we focus on the market needs within wired and fixed line broadband.
James is a sports enthusiast and thrives on healthy competition.
Head of Product & Supply Chain
Stephen joined Verve Connect in April 2015. His responsibilities include management of product planning and sales operations. He has worked for 12 years in the telecoms industry, specialising in delivering solutions in challenging circumstances and getting the best results for clients and businesses.
Prior to that, he was heading sales and marketing of consumer electronics for ZTE, supplying UK-based network carriers, retailers and distributors with multi-million pound business. He was a seasoned product specialist in China in his earlier professional life.
Stephen enjoys playing football, table tennis and is also a converted golfer.
Head of Marketing & Operations
Sheila is responsible for the overall marketing strategy and related activities, including management and building of the Verve Connect and IMO brands, PR, social, digital, and agency relationships.
She has marketing experience from both the in-house and the agency sides. Sheila was previously the key driver of ZTE’s marcoms in the UK and Europe, including branding, PR, advertising, sponsorship deals and sales promotions whilst setting up teams for both B2B and B2C marketing.
Sheila practices yoga regularly, and likes playing badminton and Zumba.