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Optic Security Group boosts technical abilities with key appointments
Thu, 4th Apr 2024

Optic Security Group, a prominent trans-Tasman security integrator, is strengthening its technical capabilities with a series of key appointments in leadership positions. The formation of a new role, National Engineering Manager, and the recruitment of senior technicians signals Optic's commitment to building its technical prowess.

The newest member of the Optic family, Thinendra Kottegoda, will step into the National Engineering Manager role. Based in Melbourne, Kottegoda brings with him 30 years of engineering experience from previous roles with organisations including Securitas Australia and MGA Electronic Security. His expertise spans across various electronic security systems and includes the execution of complex system integrations.

As National Engineering Manager, Kottegoda will be instrumental in facilitating internal collaboration, particularly in the realms of technical tender submissions, pre-tender technical designs and Pre-staging Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs). His guidance will also ensure project installations follow design outlines closely and easily transition to operational readiness.

Arguably as significant as Kottegoda’s appointment is the promotion of Jobe Rout to the position of Regional Manager Northern Territory & Western Australia. Rout’s ascent sings to his unfaltering commitment and reinforces the notion of a deep well of capability and talent within Optic. Rout joined Optic in 2009 and has since demonstrated his skills and dedication with key customers including NT Police CCTV, Darwin City Council, and the Department of Home Affairs.

Speaking of the promotion, Ferzad Bharucha, Optic Security Group CEO, says, "This internal promotion showcases the incredible talent we have within our ranks. We're excited to have Jobe take on this new responsibility, and I'm looking forward to working closely with him to achieve great things together." Rout expressed delight at the chance to work with his team at a national level and play a part in Optic's continued success.

From Dunedin to Darwin, another new addition to Optic’s technical leadership is Stephen Hamilton, who has recently joined as Project Manager. Hamilton has relocated from New Zealand where he formerly held the position of Branch Manager at Advanced Security Group. Aside from his extensive practical experience, Hamilton is one of a select few security professionals to hold the Level 6 New Zealand Diploma in Security and is an ASIS International Board Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) among other recognised credentials.

CEO Ferzad comments on Hamilton’s appointment, “We’re thrilled to have Stephen joining the team. His move from New Zealand to the Northern Territory highlights the breadth of our truly Australasian organisation and the opportunities that exist within Optic on both sides of the Tasman."

These appointments are a declaration of Optic Security Group's resolve to amplify its technical composure. With such notable additions to their ranks, the company is poised for further innovation and overall growth in the security integration field.