BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ashok Vithlani CO-FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN ashokvithlani@polad.net Connect with Ashok Vithlani

Director for Polad Group of Companies

Ashok Vithlani has spent an impressive 40 years in the industry, finding his way through the ladders up to the top. Having started off as a selling agent for a variety of products, his hard work and dexterity earned him the CEO position of Rasna, a highly popular soft drink concentrate in India. The marvels of Rasna and its expansion from being a local brand to having existed in the conscience of the national and international masses have all been through the strategic finesse of Ashok. He has been instrumental in launching marketing communications plans for different consumer products and brands. Today, he is an eminent speaker and many premier business institutes employ his esteemed services to let their students learn the ropes of marketing communications and branding. He is on board of several companies and consults various national and international organisations.

Amit Somaiya CO-FOUNDER AND CEO asomaiya@imspeople.com Connect with Amit Somaiya

‘Protean’ is how you can best define Amit Somaiya. With interest, experience and expertise in an assortment of different fields of business, he has made his presence felt quite considerably through the course of his stay in the industry. Most part of his 15 years experience has been spent in planning and designing of marketing strategies. A variety of modern day organisations and start ups can thank Amit for his adroitness in driving foreign direct investment into such firms. He also has rich experience in setting up of direct marketing, tele marketing, and customer care and customer relationship management centers. Having trained more than 500 executives at middle and senior level management for leading companies, Amit can also boast of his penchant and skill in core HR functions, especially the recruitment process.

Chief Executive Officer,
Empresaria Group Plc UK

Joost Kreulen was appointed Chief Executive Officer effective from 1 January 2012. Joost has been with Empresaria since 2009. He was initially responsible for its Asian operations and more recently also for a number of its UK based businesses. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive designate on 7 September 2011. Prior to joining Empresaria, Joost had spent 20 years working in various roles for businesses which now form part of Randstad N.V., most recently as head of specialist staffing operations in the Netherlands.

Spencer Wreford Director wrefords@empresaria.com

Group Finance Director,
Empresaria Group Plc UK

Spencer was appointed Group Finance Director in May 2010 and has over 10 years experience in senior finance roles. He joined Empresaria from BPP Group, where he was the Finance Director of the BPP Professional Education division, a provider of international professional training. Prior to this he spent 8 years at ITE Group Plc, the international conference and exhibition organising group, as Deputy Finance Director, during which time he also spent six months as Acting Group Finance Director. Spencer is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, qualifying with Arthur Andersen.