Chief Executive Officer
Ross has 30 years at the forefront of the ITC industry. His contribution has included creating one of the first computer manufacturers in Taiwan, distributing quality products into the UK, Central Europe, Scandinavia and USA. He has extensive experience of developed export markets throughout USA, South EastAsia and Europe as well as online business strategies and applications locally and around the globe. Ross was deeply involved in the Application Service Provider(ASP) market during the 1990’s, which gave him extensive experience in client server computing and the next generation of utility and cloud computing. During the early stages of Internet adoption he was instrumental in developing distributed technologies to support low bandwidth capacity even with thick client applications. Ross has always been a natural leader, and especially in the technology arena, where he has been able to consistently see market opportunities and to develop new businesses ventures to fill the market gaps.
As an experienced CFO Ilona will help guide the company through to post listing and the assist in assisting the board to appoint a Finance Director/CFO
Strategic Finance Business Partner/CFO/Finance executive with more than 15 years experience specifically focused on generating growth, improving profitability and streamlining operations in several sectors from the financial services (including insurance and foreign exchange), to IT and retail in companies ranging from small to multinational matrix organizations. Self-starter who is very comfortable in highly fluid, rapidly changing environments from start-ups to established multinationals undergoing everything from rapid growth to divestiture.
Specialties: Private Equity, Strategic Growth, Change management, Fund raising/Financing, Business, IPO. Transformation, Reorganizations, Operational Integration, M&A transactions and Investments analysis, Budget & Forecasting, Business and Financial controlling & analysis, Performance & KPI management, Cross-functional, Cross-border Management, Business development, Outsourcing of finance and administration functions, Accounting, Process improvement, Tax & Transfer pricing, Treasury & Cash-flow, Working Capital management, Risk & Governance management, SOX.
Ilona has a wealth of experience, previously working with:
- Mataxis AB/ Matrix Ltd, London and Stockholm advising client companies in strategic changes and transformation aimed at generating growth and improving profitability
- KKR/ Hilding Anders Group, Malmo, Sweden as Group Finance Director
- Flowbird/Kale, Stockholm, Sweden as Group CFO
- American Express Nordic, Stockholm, Sweden as Nordic CFO and Finance Director
Senior Manager and Advisor to South Asia Operations
Vinamra Shastri is the grandson of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the much loved second ever Prime Minister of India. His father, Sunil is also a well known and respected Indian Politician.
Vinamra was a senior partner at highly respected accounting firm Grant Thornton (India) and a key strategist in the company’s high growth and success in India. Vinamra oversaw the team that worked on Accloud’s Business Plan for India and has worked closely with our CEO, Ross James in the past.
Mr Shastri will work with our other senior advisor, Mr Amarendra Khatua to work with both governments and bureaucracy to build a broader user base. Vinamra will also be heavily involved in introducing prospective channel partners from telecommunications, banking and industry bodies.
Indian Brand Champion
Former Indian cricket captain and national hero joins Accloud to help drive digital transformation for SMEs Accloud is excited and humbled to announce that Kapil Dev, former Indian cricket captain and founder of Khushii, has been appointed as a Brand Ambassador. Kapil captained the Indian cricket team to World Cup glory in 1983, an achievement that is being immortalised in film this year. Since retiring from cricket, Kapil has played a significant role in India’s business and philanthropy communities. In 2003 Kapil founded independent non-profit Khushii, to empower women and children from marginalised communities in rural and urban India.