Every individual at IMS Group is a self-motivated professional who steps into the workplace with goals and pride. This, and much more, forms the foundation to the quality of work we deliver day in and day out. Our leadership team plays vital role in keeping the team focussed and driving results for our clients.
Meet our team
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 of Companies. He started his career as a selling agent for a variety of products and through hard work and determination rose to the position of CEO for Rasna, a highly popular soft drink concentrate in India. Ashok successfully grew Rasna from a local product to a nationally and internationally recognised brand and has been instrumental in launching marketing communications plans for many consumer products and brands since. Today, he is an eminent business speaker and expert who sits on the board of several companies, consulting with various national and international organizations, whilst helping businesses and students learn the ropes of marketing communications and branding.
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 across various fields. His interest, experience and expertise in an assortment of different business specialisms has made a considerable impact through the course of his stay in the industry. A great deal of his 25 years’ experience has been spent planning and designing marketing strategies. Many modern day organizations and start ups can thank Amit for his skill in driving foreign direct investment into such firms. He also has rich experience in direct marketing, telemarketing, customer care and customer relationship management centers. Amit has trained more than 500 executives at middle and senior level management for leading companies and is highly skilled in core HR functions, especially the recruitment process.
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 and she brings with her an in-depth knowledge of the latest trends and operating models in the sector.
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.
Manish Jain has over 23 years of work experience, he has contributed considerably to the achievement of the business and financial objectives of various companies of national and international repute. He moved into the staffing and recruitment industry 6 years ago and has been associated with IMS People ever since. Being a part of the dynamic team of IMS People, since its inception until 2012, Manish assumed various roles and managed them all with great finesse. Currently, he is on the advisory body at IMS People providing consultancy advice regarding our business positioning in the HR Consulting and Global Recruitment arena.
IMS People Possible
Chief Operations Officer – UK
Rajeev has a rich experience in specialist recruitment and customer service. Over his career, he has worked in a wide variety of sectors including telecom, call centers, and recruitment 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.
Director – Sales
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 Possible 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.
Chief Operations Officer – USA
Kris Kumar is a talented and seasoned executive with years of experience in Manufacturing, Information Technology, Staffing Services, and Consulting. He brings a wealth of expertise within Recruiting, Business Operations, Onsite-Offshore Delivery Model, and in executing business objectives. He holds an abundance of international experience from small scale start-ups to mid and large size corporations, offering Operational, Sales and Delivery consultations.
Kris is responsible for spearheading several initiatives that have propelled the companies with whom he has worked to 15% – 70% annual growth, these company revenues varied from $10 million to $200 million. Kris has established himself as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in executing and implementing transformational programs for staffing companies and Enterprises.
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.
Mit is a Business Graduate from EBS Business School, Germany. He has a rich experience of over 10 years consulting Social Business in Europe & Asia on Operational Excellence and Minimum Quality Standards. Mit is responsible for successfully benchmarking best practices for a social enterprise spread across 5 continents and 30 countries resulting into a cross-learning digital platform assisting partners in operations. His core specializations include strategic planning, operational benchmarking, optimizing workforce efficiency and foraying into newer business markets. Mit draws from his rich experience to responsibly foray into US REO market, make allied partnerships and oversee operations for the Offshore Preservation division at IMS Datawise, ensuring quality services to the clients.
Ketan Shah is a senior management professional and a chartered accountant with over 30 years of success driving benchmarks, setting growth and executing expansion in statutory compliance, ERP implementation, financial management, auditing, MIS reports, vendor management and team management. Her background in both business & corporate account and finance offers qualitative experience.Additionally, she has extensive experience in building and managing cross-cultural teams across geographies. Ketanexcels at mapping business requirements and has a proven ability in designing & implementing systems to achieve cost control and financial discipline in order to enhance the overall efficiency of an organisation.
Ketan possess strong analytical & organisational abilities with adeptness in formulating accounting systems, preparing accounting records and with financial statements.
Akeen analyst with relationship management & negotiation skills, Ketan has proven abilities in liaising with banks, vendors and various regulatory authorities. In addition, she is exceptionally well organised with a track record that demonstrates self-motivation, creativity and initiatives to achieve both personal and corporate goals.
Director - Commercial, IT, Infrastructure and Talent Acquisition
Prashant Parikh, our Commercial Director brings with him a wealth of management, IT and infrastructure development experience having worked in a wide number of sectors over the years. After initially studying Chemical Engineering, Prashant later gained an MBA in Marketing, something he initially put to great use developing sales and marketing strategies for Gujarat Steel Tubes before moving into the healthcare sector where he was fundamental in the setting up and managing a plant of medical disposables for Core Healthcare. Whilst at the core, Prashant gained expertise in Manufacturing, sales and marketing, supply chain management, people management, procurement and so on. 2001 saw him become CEO of Ashima Ltd for its Garment division working with international clients. In 2005 a career move saw him become a Director of the Cross Byrne Design Studio, a role he enjoyed for 13 years before joining IMS People. As a Commercial Director with expertise with negotiation and analytical skills, Prashant is responsible for defining strategic company goals and objectives whilst working on new commercial and technology-driven opportunities here at IMS People. As part of his daily role, he builds partnerships with stakeholders and suppliers, strategically oversees our IT and company infrastructure whilst monitoring budget and resource allocation.
Sr. VP – Sales and Key Accounts
Bryan Tweed, Vice President of Sales & Key Account Management, is passionate about providing customized, value-added recruitment delivery models for customers. He is a self-described “staffing industry lifer” who brings to the team nearly 15 years of experience within executive recruitment, workforce management operations, global national account management, and offshore delivery leadership.
Bryan previously spent 8 years with Volt Workforce Solutions in progressive individual contributor and leadership roles at local, regional, and national levels. His relationship with IMS People Possible began while serving as the National Account Manager for Channel Partnership at Volt, in which he managed the offshore delivery model for more than 25 enterprise customers. Prior to joining IMS People, Bryan served as the Director of Recruiting at CyberSearch, an international technology staffing and consulting firm in which he was accountable for the global recruitment delivery management for the organization. Bryan attributes much of his success to the 5 year partnership with IMS People Possible and he is excited for his future with us, partnering with strategic clients to design recruiting solutions which meet all IMS customer needs.
VP – IT and PMO (Project Management Office)
With 22 years’ experience in telecommunications and ERP consulting, Himanshu brings a fountain of knowledge. Using his expertise in IT and his PMP and Six Sigma certification, Himanshu has helped numerous multinational corporations successfully execute complex operations. He has spearheaded projects with large corporates such as IBM, Oracle, Birla Group and Tech Mahindra.
Combining his straight-forward approach with his keen eye for technology, Himanshu has streamlined intricate processes across finance, supply chain, manufacturing, government and aviation. Having worked with corporations spanning Europe, MEA and APAC, Himanshu is a valuable asset for large organizations looking to improve efficiency and maximize profitability.
Joining IMS Group, he is involved in several important company wide initiatives leading to increased efficiency via business process improvement and technological advancement. Himanshu will be working closely with all divisions, focussing on process standardization, continuous improvement, technology introduction, and increasing reusability via knowledge management.
VP - IT and Projects
Saumil Buch is currently working as the Vice President IT and projects for the Group. Saumil is Cisco Certified and has more than 14 years of experience in IT strategic planning, collaborative growth and mentoring teams. In addition, Saumil has experience with designing and installing LAN, WAN, voice connectivity and with the planning and implementation of more than 9 office infrastructures in different geographical locations.
Currently, Saumil directs a team responsible for the technical infrastructure as well as for user support; on-call 24 hours a day to guarantee that no IT problems hamper IMS’s productivity. His team ensures the data integrity and security for all IMS clients by configuring IMS’s gateway systems and providing backups and data restoration services.
Saumil has the clear objective of delivering exceptional quality solutions that provide value added benefits to clients. He strongly believes in taking up technological challenges, converting them into great opportunities for the enterprises and imparting clients with a competitive edge.
VP – HR and L&D
As an experienced HR professional, Swati believes in listening to people and cares about the relationships built with candidates and clients. With more than 14 years of experience, Swati now works with IMS in Human Resource Operations. She is responsible for the design and implementation of HR processes and policies. Her talent in building high levels of engagement has contributed to IMS achieving the ‘Best Place to Work’ for several consecutive years.
AVP – Marketing
Kruti Patel is the Assistant Vice President – Marketing for IMS Group. In her role, she oversees all aspects of IMS’ marketing, experience design and brand communications across all business units. She is responsible for linking the company’s innovations, products and services to build IMS’ brands, create awareness, and drive demand across all channels. Kruti’s core competency is to bring together traditional marketing functions such as creative, media, partnerships and experiential marketing with customer experience, product design, customer science and insights, corporate communications and social responsibility that is in sync with economic efficiency and has unprecedented levels of creativity. With her 12 years of diverse experience in the Healthcare, Real Estate, FMCG, IT and Hospitality industries, she is the newest member to join the IMS tribe.
Head - Learning and Development
Ashish Pandya is Head of Learning & Development for IMS Group. Ashish has 14 years of professional experience in learning &organisation development in multiple industries including BSFI, telecom & contact, retail and now staffing and recruitment. Ashish is known for identifying gaps in L & D and bringing change swiftly with best practices of L & D, adapted by large scale corporations.
He is a double post-graduate and has received a Master of Business Administration in Finance & Marketing in 2006. Ashish continued his educational journey and completed his PGDHRM from Ahmedabad Management Association and California State University in 2018.
Additionally, he holds 5 professional certifications from reputed B Schools in India. The certifications are from the Tata Institute of Social Science in “Organisation Development & Change”, the Xavier Labor Relations Institute in “Assessor Certification on Competency Mapping to Assessment Center”, the Middle Earth HR & Carlton Advance Management Institute in “Learning & Development”, the Extended DiSC International in “Certified Psychometric Practitioner – 1”, and finally the Insurance Institute of India in “Licentiate in Life Insurance”.
AVP - Accounts and Finance
Ankit Shah is a qualified chartered accountant with 10 years of experience in both corporate finance and accounts. His educational background includes having a Master of Commerce degree and a Master of Science in Finance degree. Additionally, Ankit is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Ankit is an expert in corporate finance, financial accounts, internal financial control and taxation. Previously, he has worked in several sectors including financial consultancies, dyes and chemical and auto ancillary.