BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Group Chairman and Co-Founder
Ashok Vithlani has spent an impressive 42 years in the industry, having climbed the career ladder to the very top as Director for the Polad Group. He started his career as a selling agent; through sheer hard work and determination, Ashok rose to the position of CEO for Rasna, a highly popular soft drink in India. Ashok successfully grew Rasna from a local product to an internationally recognised brand and has since become instrumental in launching marketing communications plans for many consumer products and brands. Today, he is an eminent business speaker and expert who sits on the board of several companies, consulting with various national and international organizations. Ashok also teaches businesses and students about marketing communications and branding techniques.
Group CEO and Co-Founder
Amit Somaiya, our co-founder and CEO, consistently demonstrates an ability to understand and add value to a wide variety of business interests. His experience and expertise in an assortment of different business specialisms have made a considerable impact through the course of his time in the industry. A great deal of his 25 years’ experience has been spent planning, designing and implementing marketing strategies. Many modern-day organizations and start-ups can thank Amit for his skill in driving foreign direct investments. He also has rich experience in direct marketing, telemarketing, customer care and customer relationship management centers. Amit has trained more than 500 leading company executives at middle and senior management level, demonstrating his high level of skill in core HR functions, such as accounting and developing and delivering onboarding processes.
Director, IMS Group and CEO – Empresaria Group
Rhona was appointed as Director of IMS Group in November 2019 and Chief Executive Officer in June 2019 having previously served as Empresaria Group’s Chief Operating Officer. Rhona has over 28 years’ experience working in international companies within the staffing sector and has a proven record of delivering growth and driving innovation. She has been recognised for the past four consecutive years as one of the Staffing Industry Analysts’ “Global Power 150, a list of the Most Influential Women in Staffing”. Rhona’s most recent role prior to joining Empresaria was as President of Volt Global Solutions, with responsibility for the Managed Services division. Prior to that, Rhona was Executive Vice President for the commercial and technical staffing operations in North America where she ran a $1.2 billion staffing business. She brings in-depth knowledge of the latest trends and operating models in the sector to IMS Decimal.
Director, IMS Group and CFO – Empresaria Group
Tim was appointed as the Director of IMS Group in August 2018. He has over 15 years’ experience working for listed and private equity backed businesses. Tim joined Empresaria from Cell Medica, a leading cellular immunotherapy company, where he was Group Finance Director. Prior to this Tim has held finance positions in three FTSE 100 businesses, most recently having spent six years at Intu Properties plc, the UK’s leading owner and manager of prime regional shopping centres, where he was Head of Financial Reporting and Control.
Chief Operating Officer
Rajeev has a rich experience in specialist accounting and customer service. Over his career, he has worked in a wide variety of sectors including telecom, call centers, and accounting consultancies. Rajeev is committed to excellence in everything he does and his expertise in people management, business set-up and operations perfectly place him to deliver outstanding outsourcing solutions for our clients. He has worked with brands like HCL Workforce UK and ICG Medical. Whilst maintaining a keen eye on operational efficiency and profitability, Rajeev takes enormous pride in being able to patiently mentor and encourage his staff and places employee happiness as one of his key business achievements.
Julieann is a recruitment industry veteran. Her collaborative and progressive approach to business and team development has resulted in a track record of consistent achievement throughout her career to date. Julie has worked with and within Top 5 Blue Chip multi-site Global/ Nationals, Government and single site SME and is equally comfortable and competent working independently or with teams delivering outcomes at the front line of an organisation or producing and driving strategic business plans or change programs across multiple sites, teams and operations. Julie has recruited alongside, built and led teams operating in generalist and specialist/ technical environments from apprentice through to senior executive. Having worked her way through from Consultant to COO, Julie’s broad skill set, and experience enables her to understand the challenges recruitment businesses face every day in the quest to develop effective and sustainable recruitment solutions for their clients and maximise profit for their business. IMS People relies on Julie to support our UK recruitment agency clients to understand how outsourcing might provide a solution to their business challenges and create highly effective outsourced operations.
Assistant VP - Operations
Fenil is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has over 8 years of experience in the corporate world and an extensive experience working with a variety of clients spread across diverse verticals. He has experience with UK, Indian, UAE, Singapore, Australian accounting.