About the company

Verve Connect

Verve Connect

Verve Connect We are a UK-based company that specialises in ‘Connected & Entertained Everywhere’ products.

Our business has evolved from designing and manufacturing devices for many major global customers, to creating our own IMO brand for mobile handsets and hotspots, and our Verve Connect brand for indoor and outdoor 3.5 GHz wireless hubs.

Our leadership team is made up of a group of experienced and successful industry professionals with strong business credibility, who have worked in the UK and European device markets, across a number of global telecommunication businesses.

The Core Team

WU Sa

WU Sa

Managing Director

WU SaWU Sa is responsible for the 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.

Jean-Francois (JF) Fava-Verde

Jean-Francois (JF) Fava-Verde

Advisor & Non-Executive Director

Jean-Francois (JF) Fava-VerdeJF became non-executive director of Verve Connect since 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 the Lead Technologist of Innovate UK. Formerly, as Head of Innovation at Orange Business Services, he designed and managed a global program that dealt with ICT infrastructures for the new digital world, in areas such as contactless, mobility and the Internet of Things.

JF is also a weekend kayaker and a PhD researcher of Technology History at University of Leeds.

Nigel Whitehead

Nigel Whitehead

Head of Sales & Propositions

Nigel WhiteheadNigel has over 16 years’ experience in the UK and Ireland telecoms industry, and is responsible for sales and the marketing propositions for the business.

Prior to joining Verve Connect he is credited with building Sony Mobile’s Retail and Distribution business from €50m to €220m over a 3-year period, and has also held management roles within Siemens, BenQ and Kondor. The combination of his unique manufacturer, operator, retailer and distributor skillsets gives him a clear understanding of customers’ requirements and what is necessary for mutual success.

Nigel enjoys golf, cycling and participating in regular local community based charity challenges.

Stephen Zhang

Stephen Zhang

Head of Product & Sales Operations

Nigel WhiteheadStephen 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.

Sheila Xiaolan Wang

Sheila Xiaolan Wang

Head of Marketing & Operations

Nigel WhiteheadSheila 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 is a regular yogi and loves playing badminton and hiking.