Since graduating with a Master of Finance and Accounting from Seoul’s Sogang University in 2014, French native Paul has embarked on a career that has seen him travel the globe and quickly establish himself as a capable and dynamic performer within each organisation with which he has been involved. Subsequent to his graduation, Paul initially pursued a career in the hotel industry, first taking a position at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Paris five-star hotel. Within six months, he had distinguished himself in the role and was offered a promotion across the English channel at the equally opulent Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.
As an assistant financial controller Paul led a team responsible for oversight of the internal auditing and accounts systems, including stock-takes, budgeting, forecasting, reporting to various department heads, as well as planning CAPEX projects for renovation of the hotel. On the strength of his experience and skills, Paul was offered a position as Financial Controller for Duons' Australian operations in early 2017. Later Paul was offered the exciting opportunity to lead a new team in a new country, one which he accepted with gusto.
Since taking over the helm as General Manager in mid-2017, Paul has already streamlined internal processes, offered more value to existing customers through additional services, begun negotiations on a number of exciting new projects in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and grown overall revenue by a significant margin. He remains excited about implementing his plans for the future of the company, continuing to grow its offerings and presence in the region while maintaining a focus on quality and outstanding service to the client.
Lance's 40-plus years experience in the establishment, testing, maintenance and operation of radio and satellite technologies has taken him as far from Antarctica to the North Sea. Starting his cadetship as a trainee technical officer with the federal Overseas Telecommunications Commission, Lance showed early promise and was fast-tracked to a Grade 2 Officer by the end of his training. In the late 1970s he took the opportunity to take a posting with the Commonwealth Department of Science's research stations in Antarctica, where he oversaw radio contact with the Australian mainland, between base and in-field operations, as well as transmission of research data via telex.
He then enjoyed a stint at the opposite pole as a service engineer for off-shore oil platforms in Norway, specialising in service and installation of control equipment and systems. Returning to Australia in 1984, Lance was instrumental in the establishment of the groundbreaking Aussat satellite system. Since then he's performed in a number of roles, including supervising technician for the iconic Sydney Opera House, senior technician providing repairs and support for the Australian Navy's communications systems, senior technical officer assisting with the integration of the watershed GSM network, senior radio technician with Queensland Emergency Services and experience repairing microwave radio links utilised in the mining industry.
He's been a valued member of the Duons team since 2009, bringing to bear his vast knowledge and experience in delivering outstanding spares management and asset recovery services to a range of clients, as well as providing network design and optimisation for our new proprietary SR1000+ wireless broadband technologies.
A highly qualified engineer with experienced working in supervisory roles for some of the world's leading electronics companies, Kenny has been an integral member of the Duons team since 2011. After graduating with honours from his Bachelor of Engineering at Birmingham University in 1999, Kenny transitioned into a senior design engineer role with Sony EMCS, the Malaysian-based subsidiary of electronics giant Sony, responsible for research, design and manufacture of consumer electronics. His work centred on LCD television production, and entailed drafting schematics and CAD designs for printed circuit boards (PCBs), board simulation and testing, as well as auditing of the manufacturing process.
After eight years with Sony Kenny moved to Singapore to assist with a one-off product development project. Following completion of the project, he took a senior engineer position in the Singapore office of DENSO International, globally recognised as a leading supplier of technological systems and components to the world's biggest car companies. Kenny's work however was focused on design and development of industrial and commercial control applications, involving a range of products including PLCs, network adaptors and input/output systems. The role saw him give inputs throughout the entire product lifecycle, creating efficiencies and optimising outcomes from the design and drafting right through to the manufacturing process.
Kenny brings a wealth of specialised knowledge to Duons, and his invaluable experience across a range of applications and industries has allowed him to seamlessly transition into his current role and its telecommunications focus. He brings to bear the same intelligence, eye for detail and commitment to process optimisation and quality assurance that has characterised his entire career.
A qualified electronics engineer with 40 years of continued experience in industry and project development, Deryck leads Duon's highly skilled technical department, which comprises hundreds of years in combined experience across a wide variety of industries and specialisations. Over his long career Deryck has developed his expertise in the areas of electronic hardware and software design to the level where he can reverse engineer legacy technology, perform refurbishment and upgrading circuit boards, or even develop bespoke solutions based on the client's requirements.
During his work in the mid to late 1970s, Deryck was involved in pioneering projects involving supervisory control & data acquisition (SCADA) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for mining and rail infrastructure applications. Throughout the 1980s Deryck continued to build his skill set with extensive experience in the design and assembly of a range of industrial equipment including electronic scales, microprocessor-controlled diamond sorting machines for the world-leading De Beers company and x-ray medical equipment, to name a few. As a director of Johannesburg-based Systems and Power Engineering, Deryck received a national design award for timely and innovative work on a project for the South African national broadcaster (SABC), which involved the design and implementation of a satellite tracking capability.
After moving to Australia in 2006, Deryck worked as a senior research fellow for a mining technology company, further honing his skills in computer-assisted drawing (CAD), software programming (C++) and team management. He joined the Duons team in 2011, bringing with him a formidable body of knowledge, hands-on experience and problem-solving ability.
A qualified IT and communications engineer with in-field experience (French army), a range of commercial roles plus capabilities in both hardware and software design and development, Christophe is has the technical knowledge and real-world exposure that allows him to assist and inform the clients on how to get the most out of their project.
After serving for three years as a sergeant in the French Signal Corps, where he was responsible for implementing and operating tactical radio deployments and providing logistics support, Christophe entered the private sector. After a year with a tech start-up in a software development and customer support role, followed by an internship with another new tech venture where he was in charge of an iOS mobile app project, Christophe settled into a telecommunications engineering role with France’s largest provider of 4G roaming services and major fixed-line solution provider – SFR.
Combining broad experience, a wide range of technical skillsets, and his innate sense of discipline and commitment to service, Duons is excited to have Christophe on board as their first point of contact for potential clients looking to discover how we can best serve them now and into the future.
Marketing & Sales
Combining an academic background in journalism with a decade of practical experience in marketing and sales roles, Oliver uses his highly developed communication skills to effectively express Duons' unique value to potential clients. His experience in a range of businesses - including positions writing for major news corporations and global tech companies, business development roles with niche start-ups and online retailers, and a variety of sales roles - has given him exposure to various systems, procedures and methodologies, and he has used this knowledge of what works and what doesn't to make the sales process more seamless for both Duons and its customers.
His sound product knowledge and journalistic training allow him to translate complex subject matter into easy-to-understand content that appeals to a range of audiences. Over his career he has written as a restaurant reviewer and food critic for Fairfax Media, a venue reviewer for a boutique Brisbane city-guide, a feature writer for a number of lifestyle publications, as well as a web content producer and blogger across a number of roles.
Oliver also possesses strong visual communication skills, including professional photography, videography and video editing, graphic design and motion graphics skills. He also understands the basic principles of web design, which empowers him to deliver online assets in the most efficient way possible.
Logistics & Administration
With nearly 30 years’ experience in professional roles spanning areas as diverse as sales and marketing, executive assistance, HR, procurement and bookkeeping, Virginie has a breadth of knowledge plus the communication and interpersonal skills to keep business running smoothly. Born and educated in France, Virginie emigrated to Australia in the 1990s. Her French background and language skills make her a vital link between the Duons French office and Australian operations.
On top of her impressive work history, Virginie brings enthusiasm, warmth and her incredible energy to her role as logistics and administrative coordinator. Never one to back down from a challenge, she has made it her mission to ensure the fastest possible turnaround of repairs to Duons’ various clients – including major Australian telco Telstra – as well as growing the business in exciting new ways.