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 is the co-founder and chairman of the ROK Group of Companies, a global network of services and brands including mobile phones and beverages.
As a serial entrepreneur, Jonathan began his business career through securing the European rights to then-unknown Yokohama tires brand (which, having successfully brought to market, he sold back to Yokohama).
Recognizing, 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, fellow entrepreneur, John Paul DeJoria, founder of Paul Mitchell hair care and Patron Tequila (amongst others).
In 2018, Jonathan and John-Paul created ROKiT, a people-first telecoms company selling a selection of value-driven mobile handsets, paired with vital-life services such as telemedicine and roadside assistance as well as smart phones featuring glasses-free 3D screens.
2018 also saw the introduction of ROKiT Cities, a wide area mesh networking WiFi XL service to help connect some of the poorest communities around the world, starting with 27 of the largest cities in India.
In addition, Jonathan has a portfolio of drinks brands within ROK Group. These include ABK Beer brewed in the 700-year-old Bavarian brewery and a small-batch, hand crafted artisan spirits brand called Bogart’s Spirits, created in partnership with the Humphrey Bogart estate, and Bandero a premium 100% blue agave tequila.
Jonathan also has a record label, comic book business, natural spring water company and multiple investments in games companies, crypto currency and emerging technology.
JOHN PAUL DEJORIA
John Paul DeJoria's inspirational success story exemplifies the American Dream.
After high school and service with honours in the U.S. Navy, John Paul did whatever it took to make ends meet, from selling encyclopaedias to working as a janitor.
In 1980, with just $700, he teamed up with his friend Paul Mitchell to launch John Paul Mitchell Systems which grew to become the world's largest privately-owned hair care company.
John Paul's success continued with the launch of numerous other highly successful businesses including Patron Tequila, which grew to become the world's biggest premium tequila brand.
As a businessman, environmentalist and philanthropist, John Paul has donated his time, money and expertise to helping others. John Paul was honoured with the Sustainability Award at Fashion Group International's Night of Stars event and was also inducted as a lifetime member into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In 2010, he founded Grow Appalachia, a non-profit initiative that teaches families in need how to grow, prepare and preserve organic fruits and vegetables in a region with little access to fresh, nutritious food. John Paul was a featured panel member on ABC's hit television show Shark Tank, where he served as a mentor and potential investor for aspiring entrepreneurs.
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. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Waterkeepers, dedicated to protect the waterways of the world from polluters.
He is also active with helping the homeless, as well as Military Veterans, 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.
CHIEF INFORMATION officer
Michael is a highly motivated professional who is engaged in multiple aspects of the ROK Group which include content, distribution, drinks, entertainment, and Wireless. He continues to Identify untapped markets and business opportunities for the group by establishing and maintaining key partnerships. ROK’s unique business model is built on its ability to leverage the assets of each operating group to deliver synergies and produce best-in-class products and services.
Michael previously was involved in Homeland Security and most recently was responsible for the ROK Media Division which launched a bundle of entertainment services, which are now available on our ROK launch control app. With his diverse experience background it has led him to a successful track record with key industry leaders such as Nokia, Miramax, Relativity Media, King Power, & UIP.