Our commitment to responsible business practices include efforts to reduce our environmental impact, invest in our employees, and produce high-quality programming that informs, entertains, and inspires countless people. We firmly believe that by integrating our business practices into our core values, honoring out commitments to our employees, Customers, Partners, while operating under the strictest ethical standards of business conduct, we can make a difference for a better world.
Our continued success depends on our people, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace where employees feel valued and inspired. In a competitive marketplace, it is increasingly important to attract and retain talent. We do that by cultivating new leaders, supporting career development, and recognizing the talents of the diverse men and women who work at ROK.
Jonathan Kendrick, Co-Founder and Chairman of ROK is a highly successful serial entrepreneur. Jonathan began his business career through securing the European rights to then-unknown Yokohama tyres brand.
Recognising, early on, the enormous potential of the mobile industry, Jonathan founded ROK to create the technology to simplify the process of pre-paid vouchers for mobile phones. Jonathan sold ROK’s electronic voucher technology to a leading mobile industry player in 2002 whilst retaining the ROK brand – which he re-launched with Co Founder with John Paul DeJoria. The ROK Group is his latest launch. ROK has pioneered many new technologies in the rapidly-evolving mobile phone space which it licenses to Mobile Operators and Handset Manufacturers worldwide, including high quality Mobile TV which can be streamed, live and on-demand, over mass-market 2.5G as well as 3G and Wi-Fi.
JOHN PAUL DEJORIA
John Paul DeJoria is Chairman and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, the producer and manufacturer of Paul Mitchell hair care products, the largest privately held salon hair care company in North America. Paul Mitchell products are sold through 35 distributors within the United States to more than 90,000 hair salons. Internationally, John Paul Mitchell Systems has distribution in 73 countries that market company product to over 15,000 hair salons. In addition to John Paul Mitchell Systems, John Paul’s success continues with numerous other businesses including Patron Tequila – the world’s biggest premium tequila brand – and natural gas and environmentally friendly energy exploration companies.
John Paul is on the Board of Directors of the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and a member of the Council of Advisors of Global Green USA, the United States affiliate of Green Grass USA, the United States affiliate of Green Cross International, whose President is His Excellency Mikhail S. Gorbachev, former President of the U.S.S.R. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Waterkeepers, whose lead counsel is Robert Kennedy Jr. dedicated to protect the waterways of the world from polluters. He is also active with helping the homeless find employment.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
James is responsible for the overall operations of the Company and charged with implementing the strategy set by the Board on all aspects of the global operations. Working very closely with all of the senior management team, James orchestrates the business priorities so that delivery targets for all technical and operational areas are understood and achieved throughout the Group.
James is an experienced international Director whose background in marketing and advertising led him to become a main partner and Managing Director for one of the Virgin Group of Companies successfully working with a number of blue chip brands throughout his career including Proctor & Gamble, Cadbury Schweppes, Budweiser, Tesco, Pepsi, Lloyds TSB, Virgin Atlantic, Monster.com and Volkswagen.
Dean Becker is Vice Chairman of the ROK Group where he is Globally recognized as a pioneer in the wireless industry. He has extensive experience as a principal in venture capital and private equity funded transactions with a focus in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Becker has been involved in over 8 Billion dollars of intellectual property based transactions.
Mr. Becker’s market-making experience extends back more than 30 years across several technologies. He founded 422 Inc., an innovative wireless directory assistance service. He also served as the Chairman and CEO of eWireless, a patent-based abbreviated dial service across all major wireless carriers that enabled direct response consumer marketing for participating radio advertisers. Mr. Becker served previously as the Chairman and CEO of Becker Beeper until it was acquired by Arch Telecommunications (NASDAQ Company). He also served as CEO of ICAP IP & ICAP Media when ICAP was a FTSE 100 company.
CHIEF TECHNICAL officer
Jeremy is responsible for research and development of all technology products of the Group and heads up the technology development team, working closely with the ROK COO. He is responsible for all systems and platforms on a global basis.
Jeremy is an experienced software and hardware developer who has run many hi-tech development projects, creating hardware and software platforms and products for one of the most regulated industries in the world, the international casino industry, for customers who included Atronic, Aristocrat, Speilbank Humburg, Grips, VLC and Sporting Bet.