The strength behind IMS People’s systematic approach, efficient processes and well-articulated client relationships is a highly qualified and motivated group of staffing and recruitment professionals. Our hand-selected team represents a rich mix of cultural and geographical backgrounds that flourish in our open, collaborative environment.
Co-Founder and Chairman
Ashok Vithlani has spent an impressive 40 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.
Co-Founder and CEO
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 15 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.
Joost Kreulen, CEO of the Empresaria Group Plc UK, was appointed 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, Group Finance Director of the Empresaria Group Plc UK, was appointed 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.
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.
Onshore Advisor, US
Jack Unroe oversees IMS People client relationships in the United States. Located in Northern California, Jack utilizes over 20 years of staffing and recruitment expertise to help US-based companies define and implement a successful offshore recruitment strategy. Having served as CEO of three different recruitment firms—JAMS, Accountants International and Human Resources International—Jack’s substantial credentials include managing operations generating nearly $260 million in total revenue. He has also held multiple board memberships including a public company and has successfully completed numerous mergers and acquisitions in Latin America and the US. His deep knowledge of the competitive US staffing market is enhanced by his hands-on experience developing and benefiting from offshore recruitment partnerships, a strategy he maximized as CEO of Randstad Finance and Accounting (formerly Accountants International). IMS People relies on Jack’s unique background to guide US clients through the opportunities and considerations of an offshore collaboration, and our US clients highly value his ongoing accessibility and results-oriented expertise.
Onshore Advisor, US
Mary Kristynik is an accomplished leader with nearly 20 years’ experience of contingent workforce experience. Mary possesses extensive history of innovation and enhancement that elevates operational effectiveness, supplier engagement and client satisfaction. An enthusiastic mentor and motivator who inspires peak performance and accountability. Expert in building collaborative relationships gaining buy-in and driving strategic initiatives forward through complex and multi-tiered organizations. Known for tenacity and focus on results; applies robust analytical and problem-solving acumen based on intense motivation to succeed.
Onshore Advisor- UK (Recruitment Services)
Julie has worked in the recruitment industry for over 25 years. 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.
Onshore Advisor- UK (Accounting Services)
Tony brings a wealth of financial and business experience to IMS People. A qualified accountant who holds an honours degree in Business Studies. He has worked as a Finance/Commercial Director for recruitment companies – Become Group, Ball & Hoolahan, Swift Oil & Gas and Devonshire and Business Process Outsourcing giants – Williams Lea and RR Donnelly. Tony utilises his 25 years of experience to help recruitment agencies in the UK define and implement the right Offshore Accounting Services strategy.
Onshore Advisor, ANZ
Rod Hore manages IMS People clients in Australia and New Zealand. A 30-year veteran of Australian and international IT and corporate advisory organizations, Rod frames his relationship with IMS People clients through continual assessment of enterprise growth within today’s world economy. His executive-level credentials traverse many segments of the staffing and recruitment industry and include corporate advisory assignments, mergers and acquisitions mandates, and C-level advisement to multinational and other public and private organizations. Located in Perth, Rod provides local industry acumen and offshore expertise to Australian and New Zealand-based companies. His innovative talent strategies and well-grounded guidance result in clients realizing their highest-use and most profitable offshore recruitment strategy.
Chief Operations Officer
KR Jayaram joined our team as Chief Operations Officer, he brings 29 years of rich experience in Information Technology, ITES, Business Development, Operations and Systems.
Jayaram’s extensive skills and expertise in entrepreneurship adds great value to the company’s business process and overall profitability. He is adept in strategizing and executing the entire operations and ensuring that they are in line with the company’s goal.
His 18 years of entrepreneurial experience reflects his decision making and operational skills that has added advantage to many national and US based multinational companies in establishing a strong market presence.
As COO to our team, KR Jayaram directs the entire business process to meet company’s strategic objectives, increase business development and ensuring the best service to our valuable clients.
Chief Financial Officer
Dilip Upadhyaya joined IMS People as the Chief Financial Officer. He brings over 36 years of extensive hands-on experience in business and financial management.
In his previous engagements he has been at a pivotal leadership positions of a Group CFO, member of Operating Board as well as Board of Directors at multiple organisations with an established record of success.
Global Sales Director
Alex’s 15 years’ of experience is spread across an assortment of outsourced and managed services. He manages Business Development for new clients as well as strategic growth and nurturing of the Key accounts at IMS People. He manages ORS teams of clients based out of Australia, New Zealand, UK and Europe. His most acknowledged qualities are his professionalism and his analytical skills which ensure that our clients receive the highest level of service. Alex has rich previous experience in BPO operations in the US financial services sector. Having had the opportunity to set up the entire center by himself, he gained immense knowledge about new project mapping, process formulation, management information structuring, performance monitoring and service delivery.
VP- Operations (UK)
Vimal Joshi, AKA Mark Smith Vice President, Operations, UK, Europe and Australia. Having worked with IMS People for over 7 years now, Mark is one of the most tenured employees in our organization. Mark has around 9 years of experience spread across outsourced and managed services domain. His set of responsibilities comprises of contributing to the company’s Top Line Profitability, Operational Excellence and Service Delivery & Strategic Account Management. He plays a pivotal role in Full Cycle Project Management and Process Improvement & Re-engineering.
Mark offers impeccable services to his clients and the business growth, he has achieved for the organization over the years is a testimony of his profound knowledge of the Offshore Recruitment market.
VP- Operations (UK)
Bharat has been successfully delivering strategic staffing and recruitment solutions for over 10 years. Working on assignments of all sizes he has the perfect blend of technical and business acumen and has consistently managed to drive his teams and clients to achieve high levels of success.
A highly focussed and motivational leader and evangelist, Bharat truly believes that with the support of a great team, every goal is achievable – all you have to do is make it happen!
AVP Business Development (USA)
Mitesh Saha manages all aspects of Sales & Sales Training for USA. His 11 years of experience encompasses working for companies in, Lead Generations, BPO, RPO, Staffing Services, IT services and Software products, all in Business acquisition environments.
Mitesh is successful at facilitating solutions across all levels and departments, capable of mentoring a diverse group of multi-ethnic professionals and building effective working relationships across geographic and cultural boundaries.
With a positive attitude and temperament, Mitesh led diverse groups of people to consistently satisfy requirements with an emphasis on meeting or exceeding expected quality, delivery, revenue, operating income, ending backlogs and customer satisfaction.
AVP- Operations (USA)
Smit comes with over seven years of experience within Business Process Outsourcing and Recruitment. He is responsible for managing various clients across North America and has a strong track record of delivering exceptional results and performance. Possessing superb management skills he has developed a special bond with his teammates over the years and these skills have enabled him to build large, highly skilled, teams that have delivered high quality results for his clients.
His experience spans in industries like IT, Engineering, Pharmaceutical and Finance. As a leader, he is more than willing to listen, share his wisdom and mentor others towards a successful career in recruiting. He is a visionary, he anticipates his client’s needs enabling him to have a clear line of sight to strategize, develop, and maintain performance and service standards.
AVP- Operations (USA)
Tejendra Parmar, AKA Jordan Leeds, AVP Operations at IMS People. Jordan is an enthusiast, resourceful and solution focused staffing professional with approximately 10 years of experience, 6 years of which in US & Canada offshore Sales and Recruitment Operations. Jordan helps staffing companies to reduce their in-house recruiting spend and increase their productivity by utilizing IMS services, all at fraction of the cost of their onshore recruiters.
A proactive leader with proven expertise in leading and managing a sizeable and significant operational unit. He has provided and executed thought leadership to take a function/team to the next level. Jordan has a boundary-less approach and leads by example through a strong, contemporary and creative approach.
The core focus of his role is to provide a consistently high level of service to our clients across all of the industry sectors that IMS services.