Access Control

Paxton Hires Top Talent in South Africa

The international access control and video surveillance manufacturer Paxton announced today that they will continue to invest in new talent to accelerate expanding into the South African market.    

In support of this strategy, the Paxton family welcomed two new members to the team in 2020 and are anticipating further growth to support their customers throughout the year.

Ruan Smit joined Paxton as Regional Sales Manager for the Eastern and Western Cape in February 2020. He has extensive experience with Paxton’s range of access control, video surveillance and door entry systems from his previous role with Paxton’s exclusive distribution partner, Regal Security Distributors. His addition to the team allows Paxton to focus on first class sales implementation and execution of their ongoing business strategy.

Ruan commented: “We have a mountain to climb in 2021, as a team we are passionate and dedicated to achieving our regional goals, and to be honest we wouldn’t want it any other way. With teamwork, passion and Paxton’s world-class award-winning range of products I have the upmost confidence that the South African team will soon become the go to security solution of choice in all regions.”

Paxton also welcomed Graham Thorne to the team as the Territory Manager for South Africa. Graham has spent over 20 years creating and implementing innovative, results-drive strategies that add to bottom line profitability. He has worked with some of the worlds most renowned OEM brands across Sub-Saharan Africa and the Mena territories and we are confident that his track record of successfully driving top and bottom-line growth will positively impact our success.

Graham commented: “I have been privileged to work with a number of diverse teams in my career, but a more passionate one I’m yet to find. We are a team that blends experience and enthusiasm remarkably well, brought together by a singular mindset of elevating the Paxton brand and the extensive range of products to where they deserve to be within our market, which is right at the very top!”

Ruan and Graham both join Werner Geldenhuys, Paxton’s Regional Sales Manager for the North West, Limpopo, Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga territories. Werner has been with Paxton since 2013 and has been at the forefront of some of the most prestigious Paxton sites in South Africa. His experience and industry knowledge have made him a valuable member of the Paxton family.

Paxton will continue to invest in their business and bring additional talent to the South African sales team later this year in support of their business strategy and to better serve Paxton’s valued customers in the KwaZulu Natal area.

You can find out more about Paxton products and services on their website.


Notes to Editors

Paxton Access Ltd

At Paxton, we design and manufacture market leading IP access control, door entry and building intelligence systems for smart buildings.

With over 30 years of experience, we put our core values of simplicity, quality and honesty at the heart of everything we do. Our products harness the latest technology to provide powerful, yet easy to install and use solutions. We provide world class technical support and free training to ensure we consistently exceed our customers’ expectations, supporting them and their businesses.

We develop systems for the mid-market (such as education, healthcare, retail, leisure, commercial and public sector) and provide solutions suitable for a wide range of sites and requirements. At present, around 25,000 buildings are secured by Paxton globally each year.

Based in Brighton, East Sussex, Paxton manufacture locally and export to over 60 countries worldwide. Our team is constantly expanding internationally and we currently have over 270 employees located at 12 locations across the globe with offices in the US, France, Germany, South Africa, UAE and Benelux.

Paxton projects include Manchester United, graze, Michelin, Cherbourg Airport, Boucheries Nivernaises, Ostermalm Food Hall, Kingsway Park High School and Foyles.

For media enquiries please call Paxton Press on 07936 951158 or email


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