aap boss Rod Jackson brings global ambition to regional chairmanship of Business South
aap³ boss Rod Jackson brings global ambition to regional chairmanship of Business South
The president and chief executive of Southampton-based international IT services and recruitment provider aap³ has stepped up to become the Solent business community’s new champion.
From July 1st Rod Jackson will take on the chairmanship of Business South, the region’s leading business organisation working to connect business leaders to drive economic prosperity. It has over 200 members and is an influential voice that is broadening across the south coast.
Rod brings a premier CV and a global reputation: even before leading aap3 he was Vice President of Global Client Services at Cisco Systems. Prior to that he spent 17 years with Intel Corporation, and as Worldwide Operations Director for Intel Online Services he ran a $1bn budget.
With this experience, he sees the potential for the Central South to challenge the IT centres of Slough, Reading and Swindon to become the UK’s hi-tech hub, with a push for digital clusters such as in Southampton and Bournemouth.
With the Science Park at Chilworth and talent from the University of Southampton’s Web Science faculty being encouraged to stay, he said: “There’s no reason why we can’t mirror the creativity of Silicon Valley and create something similar here.
“I would be keen to see a partnership approach from local authorities, central government and industry. That’s critical for the success of business in our region.”
Rod credits his own success with a humble, down-to-earth management style which focuses on building a business above personal glory. The growth of aap3 is a fine example of the results of leaving the ego outside the boardroom.
Rod said: “It’s an honour to become chairman of Business Solent which is giving the region’s business community a positive and growing influence. I want my chairmanship to continue that success and contribute to the area where aap3 has such strong local roots.
“It’s about getting things done. I don’t like all that hierarchical stuff – I like to think that people can still talk to me and that way I get to know what’s really going on. That’s how I will approach this new challenge.
“Whatever job I do I see very much as enabling the people in the organisation to be successful – if you are in it just for yourself, you seldom get where you want to be.”
Rod started at aap3 in 2005 when he became non-executive Chairman. Since then the company has grown to two offices in America and a 24/7 command centre in Birmingham, as well as working with Fortune 250 companies such as IBM, Cisco, Polycom, HSBC, AT&T, Logicalis, AMEC and Orange.
Business South chief executive Sally Lynskey added: “We are delighted to welcome Rod as our new chairman – we believe he can help to take our organisation to the next level and his appointment comes at an exciting time for the region.”