Meet the teamThe brains behind our business
As co-founder, Desere’ served as CEO of the Ole! Media Group for two years and is now Executive Chairman of the Board.
She has her hands full keeping tabs on the C-Suite guys and their ‘cunning plans’, but luckily she’s an experienced trooper, having served at exec level in media, marketing and operations in organisations spanning 5 continents. In between her MBA and guest speaker engagements, she finds time to make pasta for the team once a month as part of her portfolio “People, Promotion, Progress”.
Most likely a comedian in his past life, you’ll usually find Tim armed with a good joke and a sales pitch that converts.
Our CEO, aka Lord Legg, spent decades developing skills in different parts of the world, from roles in media and recruitment, to ITC consulting and hospitality. A consummate entrepreneur, Tim has started companies in the UK, France, Germany and South Africa, and is co-founder of the Ole! Media Group, formerly comprising MobiMedia, TEAMtalk media, AddSuite and HoneyKome, and now known as OLE!CONNECT.
When not diving the depths of the ocean in scuba gear, or missioning through the Mother City on a motorbike, David is to be found burning the midnight oil working on tech projects and setting up video portals – just for fun.
Our COTO is a multi-skilled operator, adept at development, technology, operations, systems and processes. His experience spans the business consulting and mobile telecommunications sector with over 7 years acquired in both technical and business roles at leading mobile network operators and mobile platform service providers in Africa.
If he had a show, it would be called, “Where in the World is Pierre Cassuto?”
Always travelling, always learning, always strategising greater ways to improve business results and performance through effective digital marketing. As CSO or Chief Strategy Officer for the group, Pierre keeps the organisation client-focused and has helped us guide countless local and international clients to the most lucrative digital streams.
Casually turning radio projects into thriving stations as a hobby, Tony is not only a tech-savvy, angel-investing entrepreneur, but a qualified CA (SA) and wine connoisseur.
Earning his stripes at the coal face of media in the good old days, he spent 6 years at the SABC in commercial radio and radio advertising, and has garnered experience in various media enterprises since then, at both financial and commercial level. Tony counts the beans, balances the books, and keeps us on the financial straight and narrow, helping to grow the business of the future.
With a brain the size of a planet and a charming smile to match, our Chief Data Officer, aka Paul Stemmet, was one of the masterminds behind MXit.
Those of you who weren’t totally glued to this app during the first 15 years of the millennium won’t know what a tech-celeb Paul actually is. But, what’s important to know is that Paul has a knack for decoding the science behind audience building, software development, artificial intelligence, and large systems integration. And turning all that data into marketing know-how.
Maria, Maria, Maria! She’s probably one of the most charismatic humans you’ll ever meet.
With over 20 years in the marketing and advertising industry - on both client and agency side - Maria has worked with numerous household names. Her client-driven focus has enabled her to consistently deliver highly profitable business outputs. A veteran in her field, she is a great business leader and can cut to the chase with a minimum of fuss.
Driving the mobile publishing business and setting new standards in engagement and monetisation levels for publishers, Stephan fully understands the ins and outs of the emerging media landscape.
Techy by day, author by night, he continuously presents innovative ways to improve business, from breathing life into a radio station, to migrating and digitising a linear broadcasting TV Channel or launching a new mobile publisher platform – and the needs of the consumer are always at the heart of what he does.
When he’s not jogging along the Atlantic Seaboard or tasting flavoursome dishes in foreign countries, Hillel heads up our Media and Insights division at OLE!CONNECT.
With a demonstrated history of working in the leisure, travel & tourism industry, Hillel is highly skilled in Digital Strategy, PPC, Market Research, and Management.
Once the back-up drummer for the Springbok Nude Girls, Dave Morris traversed the trenches as a rugby journalist in the UK and SA for a decade.
His gift of the gab, however, finally led him from the news team to the sales team, and Dave simply hasn’t looked back since! From writing stories to writing deals, Mr Morris has the expert knack for finding the right content for every publishing requirement. He initially focused on selling syndicated content to online publishers and has now expanded his portfolio to include mobile content solutions.
Having led advertising sales, marketing and circulation teams for the crème de la crème of the publishing world, Marijke is adept at helping brands and creatives transform their ideas into profitable revenue-generating initiatives. She thrives at providing solutions that others find problematic and has contributed to the success of globally renowned brands like GQ, Glamour, Marie Claire, Conde Nast House & Garden, Women's Health and Men's Health and their brand partners across industries in South Africa.
Most likely to be voted man-of-the-match at any sport that you can think of involving a ball, Brendt found a way to monetise his passion for people and networking, when he co-founded SA’s own Facebook, Blue World, more than a decade ago.
After selling Blue World Communities to Naspers in 2004, this inventive family-man fuelled his passion for sport and human interaction by heading up subscription services for sports, mobile games and digital portals at some of SA’s leading digital service providers. Brendt now manages and monetises digital products and services at OLE!CONNECT.
A future contestant on Come Dine with Me, and an avid cuddler of fur babies, Shireen is not only a whizz in the kitchen but a trailblazing talent Manager with a Master’s Degree in Organisational psychology. Her portfolio spans across advertising, media, ecommerce and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and when she is not scouting for new talent or attending to resource initiatives, she can be found restaurant-hopping, or contributing to one of her many CSI programs, such a TEDx Cape Town.
Our very own Picasso and office Jock, Jade Hogg, is not only a wildly talented artist but also an Oracle when it comes to nearly any IT issue.
With over two decades spent in the IT industry, Jade is adept at resolving IT concerns related to staff, infrastructure, Microsoft, Linux and MAC OS.