Paul will be responsible for building capacity, developing strategy and driving growth. He will focus the company's direction on its core skills - delivery of innovation, service excellence and value - as well as improving operational efficiency and increasing cross-selling opportunities between the four divisions within Redstone plc.
Paul was formerly divisional CEO and operating board member for A4e, an international private sector training company with a turnover of £75m. Here, he successfully led 400 staff over three separate businesses to deliver significant growth, new market entries and product innovation.
Martin Balaam, chief executive officer, Redstone plc said: "I am delighted to welcome Paul to Redstone. He will play a key role in the company's future development with special emphasis on our strategy to transform Redstone Converged Solutions into a significant player and one of UK's most successful converged IP solutions providers."
Commenting on his appointment, Paul Kennedy said: "I am pleased to be taking up this opportunity with Redstone and working with the team. 2006/07 is a pivotal year for Redstone Converged Solutions as we look to consolidate and increase our market position so that we can create a solid platform for exceptional growth during the coming years. The convergence marketplace is an incredibly exciting market to be in and I am keen to develop further how we truly become a critical success factor for all our customers."
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Paul Kennedy's biography (supporting image available on request)
Paul Kennedy was formerly divisional CEO and operating board member for A4E, an international private sector training company with a turnover of £75m. Here, he successfully led 400 staff over three separate businesses to deliver significant growth, through organic growth, new market entries and product innovation.
In 1997 Paul joined Hays IMS, a division of the FTSE 100 business services group, Hays plc, as the public sector business development manager. He was promoted four times before leaving in 2004 as the director of the company's £25m turnover Public Sector Division.
Previous to this Paul held posts within the DfES and PACE, an agency of the British Cabinet Office.
Redstone plc delivers a complete range of specialist voice, data and smart building communications services and networking solutions. As a multi-tier ISP and network operator holding a telecom licence, the company has 370 staff in eight UK offices and a turnover of over £60m (2004). As an end-to-end provider, Redstone can manage the lifecycle of any solution from consultancy to delivery and managed services, backed up by excellent customer care. It has accreditations from Cisco and Avaya as a Global Partner and strategic partnerships with vendors including BT Wholesale and Siemens. Working across all market sectors, Redstone has particular expertise in education, healthcare, local government, property and retail. Redstone is Cisco Systems UK Mobility Partner of the Year and won the 2003 Channel Network Award for innovation for developing the retail network infrastructure at Bullring Birmingham. For more information see w<http://www.redstone.plc.co.uk> and <http://www.redstoneconverged.co.uk>
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