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Leadership Team 2017-09-18T06:33:36+00:00
John EllisChief Executive Officer
John Ellis was previously Chief Executive Officer of several international companies, including UK Construction Link. He started his career in the commercial office sector in 2005 representing the UK government, in charge of Business Development with Servecorp, the Australian Securities Exchange – listed office space solutions group, while managing over 60 companies in co-working/shared offices globally. John plans to grow the company to hold a portfolio of 30 locations globally in the next five years.
Arif KitchlewChief Financial Officer
Arif Kitchlew was CFO for Al Aqili Furnishings Group, OBS Group LLC and Haleeb Foods Limited, to name a few. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. At Workspace Commerce, Arif’s mandate is to provide Senior Management advisory support inclusive of business plan development, growth strategy and acquisition advice, as well as contract discussions to the Accounts and Finance Team.
Panny LawrenceChief Investment Officer
Panny Lawrence is the Founder and Managing Partner of Inception Group and Intelligent Motivations Group. Prior to this, he worked with HSBC and JP Morgan as Senior Business Consultant for Private Client Groups. Panny is tasked with investment and business development strategy and implementation alongside international sales network expansion and performance management for Workspace Commerce.
George YianniBusiness Development Director
George Yianni was a Senior Investment Manager in the UAE servicing HNWI and UHNWI clients. Prior to this, he was a senior banker with Santander UK. George is heading the Key Corporate Accounts for Workspace Commerce globally.
Sam GallagherBusiness Development Director
Sam Gallagher was a former Principal Consultant for Engage Selection and a Senior Consultant for Infrastructure for Sommerman Skinner Associates. His business development and relationship skills are pivotal as he leads at the forefront of Workspace Commerce’s global campaign for agency partnerships and talent recruitment.
Audrey De SousaHead of Key Accounts and Client Servicing
Audrey Desousa has been supporting clients and Senior Executives for over eight years at Dubai Holding, a UAE-based listed group. A veteran in setting, maintaining and updating operational infrastructure within a fast-paced, complex work environment, Audrey heads the Workspace Commerce’s Accounts and Clients Servicing team.
Albina HaoPR and Marketing Consultant
Albina Hao was PR and Marketing Consultant for Regent Consultancy and Acorn Executive Services in the UAE. Prior to this, she was Head of Consumer Department for Cohn & Wolfe-Impact Asia, a WPP company. Albina is currently working with a team of digital and media marketing consultants to ensure Workspace Commerce’s presence in the offline and online sphere is competitive and in line with its brand and business goals.
Enaam AliGlobal Digital Manager
Enaam Ali is an experienced Digital Marketing Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Digital Marketing, Content Creation and Media Relations, Enaam has worked with top global and GCC regional brands such as: Dell, G2000, Deyaar Properties, Mentos, TED Talks and more. Enaam is heading the global digital marketing team for Workspace Commerce.
Nicolas FillisManaging Director, UK
Nicolas Fillis has 23-years of experience in property consultancy and construction management and currently manages the Workspace Commerce team of in-house construction engineers and architects for all of Workspace Commerce’s construction projects. He also acts as General Manager to our portfolio of buildings.
Raj BosamiaBusiness Strategy Manager, UK
Raj Bosamia is leading the business growth of Workspace Commerce’s product and service portfolio. He has already transformed business thinking by introducing new, innovative services and integrated marketing strategies responsive to the needs of today’s demanding and changing co-working landscape in the UK.
Raj has been in the IT industry for over 20 years delivering international projects within multinational organizations such as Arhont Information Security, BIS, CompuServe and AOL.
Garry ReynoldsBusiness Development Manager, UK
Garry Reynolds is responsible for building brand awareness and new business for the UK market. With 40-years of experience across a broad range of business sectors and products, Garry is a successful international business development executive with multiple performance awards to his name. He has worked in business intelligence, subscription based media, telecom, consultancy and IT training to name a few. His past affiliates include Alcan, British Steel, Teligen (tariff consultancy), telecom research firm Eurodata Foundation, TMT Finance and BroadGroup.
Ray YuanGeneral Manager, China
Ray Yuan is an expert in launching international brands and building its brand equity in the Chinese market. With an expertise in business development, integrated and digital activations and channel marketing across China’s business landscape, Ray is managing our office in Shanghai where he is responsible for its day-to-day operations, strategy implementation on membership growth and partnerships and the eventual roll-out of the WorkSpace Commerce brand across China.
Benjamin PearceCommunity Director, China
A serial entrepreneur who has worked as a consultant to some of the world’s largest co-working groups such as WeWork and Naked Hub, Benjamin is the community director for Workspace Commerce’s Shanghai facility, ensuring business development strategies are executed and membership growth managed.