Senior Management Team

Phil Williams

General Manager

Phil is originally from the UK. He has been involved in the hospitality business for over 25 years with the last 15 years directly in the liquor industry. Phil has worked across many sectors in the drinks business including brand building, marketing, on trade wholesale and retail in the UK and Abu Dhabi. A recent family man, Phil loves to spend time with his wife and children enjoying all the leisure activities in Bahrain. He is passionate about all things gastronomic and will take every opportunity to enjoy food and drinks with friends, family, customers and colleagues.

Rodney Davies

Director of Sales

Originally from Buckinghamshire in the UK , Rodney arrived in Bahrain in 2005 with a wealth of experience in 2 main career paths , F1 motorsports and 17 years in the UK wine industry both of which he continues to share a passion for.

Rodney loves to travel and over the years has travelled extensively to many of the wine growing regions of the World.

In his spare time Rodney enjoys cycling , is a keen amateur cook and enjoys Rugby and F1.

Balakrishnan Malattiri

Financial Controller

Bala was born and educated in India but has spent most of professional life in the Middle East. Bala is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Financial Manager. Bala has been working within the finance sector of the leisure industry in Bahrain for the past 13 Years joining Gulf Brands in 2010. In his personal life Bala is a keen reader and he enjoys spending his leisure time relaxing with his family and as a spiritual aspirant Bala loves to live with nature whenever possible.

John-Paul Fox

E-Marketing & Insight Manager

John-Paul brings over eight years of marketing experience to the Gulf Brands team. John-Paul is a passionate, degree educated marketer who has led the planning and implementation of award winning integrated marketing campaigns from brief to full-scale roll out in a wide range of industries with blue chip clients.

Outside of work, John-Paul’s hobbies consist of playing guitar and following his native Scotland national football team as they attempt to qualify for a competitive tournament.

Iain Sword

Retail Manager

Having studied Economics & Politics in Bristol Iain moved into the retail sector within the UK  and joins Gulf Brands with a wealth of retail experience gained from his time in senior management working for several famous high street retailers including Marks and Spencer.

Iain has lived and worked predominantly in London & the South of England over the last 20 years and spends his free time listening to audio books and training for his first triathlon.

Rajan Mathur

Procurement Manager

Son of a diplomat, Rajan started travelling the world from a very early age. Rajan studied Hospitality management in Australia and Joined Gulf Brands 14 years ago. Rajan enjoys trying out different food and beverage specialities from around the world and loves the outdoors.

Abhinav Saxena

Warehouse Manager

Abhinav hails from Jaipur, The Pink City of India.  Abhinav brings over 12 years of experience to Gulf Brands International spanning the retail, inventory and warehouse management sectors. With a passion for technology, Abhinav is a proven expert in seamlessly integrating innovative tech solutions into large-scale warehouse operations.

In his leisure time, he enjoys music and is a keen cricketer.

Isael Goncalves

Key Account Manager

Isael is a WSET certified wine sommelier from Brazil with Spanish heritage and is member of the Association de la Sommellerie International. With over 10 years’ experience in the wine trade, Isael has won many awards from leading alcohol suppliers for his contribution to sales in the Gulf.  Professionally trained at Gastronomy schools in Brazil, Spain and the USA, he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to Gulf Brands International.

Isael is an avid traveler and foodie.

Sivaprasad P.M.

Account Manager

Siva has a Bachelor Degree in Arts and started his career in the Garments exporting industry in India. He has been living in Bahrain for nine years and was initially working within the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Gulf Brands, Siva worked for another leading FMCG company based in Bahrain. In his spare time Siva is an enthusiastic and active cricket player and also enjoys Table Tennis.

Maurice Urbano

Gap Analyst

A BA Management graduate, Maurice began his career in the fast food industry where he quickly passed through the ranks to senior management level, receiving multiple awards and accolades for his achievements in the process. Maurice made the move to the liquor industry when he joined GBI in 2009 and has continued to develop his knowledge and passion throughout the years.

Karin Van Staden

Spirits Category Manager

Karin was born in South Africa. She holds a B Com-degree as well as a Bachelors in Business Administration, which she obtained from Stenden University (Leeuwarden, Netherlands). She brings sales, event management and marketing experience from two of the largest liquor companies in South Africa.

She loves spending time with her dogs, baking, and is an avid globetrotter that embraces new experiences.

Lee Clarke

Assistant Retail Manager

A proud Londoner, Lee  brings a wealth of retail experience to Gulf Brands International having learned his trade working for the fastest growing retailer on the British High street. Lee is a passionate retailer with a focus on enhancing the customer journey in any retail environment that he operates.

Outside of work Lee enjoys sports, socializing and following his beloved Arsenal in their eternal quest for glory.