GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Paul Leech had a 33-year international banking career with HSBC during which he held senior positions in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. He gained wide experience in consumer, mid-market and wholesale banking in both OECD economies and Emerging Markets. He left HSBC in 2010 as Head of International Asia Pacific in which post he was responsible for the regional management of 11 Asian countries. He has also served as a Board member of Global Finance Mauritius since June 2014.
GROUP LEGAL COUNSEL
Renu Audit joined the Cim Group in September 2008 following her nine years of service in the Mauritius Financial Services Commission where she inter alia headed its Legal and Enforcement Department and represented the regulator in senior level delegations and various national committees. Legally qualified in India, Mauritius and the UK, she has developed not only extensive knowledge of the supervisory and legal framework in the financial services sector but also a lot of practical know-how of doing business in Mauritius and dealing with the Government and its agencies.
Cyril Chung Kai To
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CIM FINANCE
Cyril Chung Kai To is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). Prior to joining the Cim Group, Cyril has been involved in auditing for fourteen years. He has worked successively for Arthur Andersen in Paris and DCDM in Mauritius as Audit Manager, before moving to Waterfalls Trading as Administrative Manager in 1992. He joined Cim Finance in 1993 as Manager and subsequently took office as General Manager in 2006 and Managing Director in June 2008.
Gyaneshwarnath (Gary) Gowrea
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CIM TAX SERVICES
Gary Gowrea is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), International Tax Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK) and Fellow of the Mauritius Institute of Directors. Gary is also a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (UK) and the International Fiscal Association.
He completed his M.Sc. in Accounting from De Monfort University in Leicester, UK. He holds an Advanced Diploma in International Taxation. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in international tax and advises on tax structures set up by multinational corporations, fund managers and high networth individuals.
Gary is also a member of the Taxation Committee of Global Finance Mauritius and sits on various committees dealing with fiscal matters as well as double taxation avoidance agreements. He has been a speaker at several local and international conferences. He is currently the vice chairperson of the International Fiscal Association (Mauritius Branch).
MANAGING DIRECTOR, PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OUTSOURCING
Edan Latzelsberger is a qualified lawyer who holds a B.Com and LLB (summa cum laude) from the University of Natal, South Africa and an MBA from BPP Business School, London. After qualifying as a lawyer, Edan worked for Investec Private Bank in Durban, South Africa before moving to the UK in 2008. He worked for Legal & General in London for seven years in a variety of roles across both the insurance and retail savings businesses. He initially joined the Legal & General Group as an in-house lawyer, and progressed into more commercially focused strategy and business development positions. His last role at Legal & General, prior to joining the Cim Group, was as Head of Commercial of Cofunds, the UK’s largest digital investment platform. Edan heads Cim’s Professional Services Outsourcing unit and also assists in the development of the Group’s strategy.
Jean Pierre Lim Kong
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF FINANCE EXECUTIVE
Jean Pierre Lim Kong is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Management Studies from King’s College London. Prior to joining the Cim Group, Jean Pierre worked for KPMG’s audit practice in London for six years. He then worked in the business advisory departments of KPMG and DCDM Consulting in Mauritius before joining Innodis as General Manager for Finance and Administration from 2000 to 2005.
Jean Pierre joined the Cim Group in September 2005 as Managing Director of Cim Finance and Cim Leasing and subsequently became the Cim Group’s Chief Finance Executive in June 2008. He is a board member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors since October 2013.
HEAD OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS
Ambrish Maharahaje is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretary and Administrators (UK) and holds a BSc in Management from the University of Mauritius. Prior to joining the Cim Group, Ambrish worked at the Mauritius Institute of Directors as Executive Secretary and at Rogers and Company Limited as Corporate Manager, Legal Compliance. Ambrish heads Cim Group’s Corporate Affairs function which comprises of Communications & Investor Relations and Company Secretarial services.
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Viv Padayatchy holds a BSc (joint hons) in Chemistry and Computer Science from the University of Reading (UK). He also holds a PhD in Computational Chemistry from the same university. Before joining the Cim Group, as
Chief Information Officer, Viv was the founder and managing director of an IT company, Cybernaptics Ltd which was acquired by the Group in December 2014. Prior to starting Cybernaptics, Viv was the Executive Director Operations and Information Technology at the Mauritius Freeport Development Company Ltd.
Previously, Viv was working in Hong Kong in the field of Information Technology. He was also a founding member and former Chairman of the African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC), the Internet Registry for Africa.
GROUP HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCE
Vanesha Pareemamun holds a BSc Econ. in Economics and Management from the University of Wales College of Cardiff, UK. She also has an MBA with specialisation in Human Resource from the University of Mauritius. She joined the Cim Group in 2008 as Head of Human Resource of Cim Finance and subsequently became Group Head of Human Resource in August 2013. Prior to joining the Cim Group, Vanesha worked as an economist for 10 years at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. She then worked as Manager Human Resource at the Business Parks of Mauritius and the Mauritius Housing Company Ltd.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CIM GLOBAL BUSINESS
Graham Sheward has over 30 years of financial services experience gained initially in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man. Prior to joining the Cim Group, Graham was Country Director, International Banking, Barclays Bank (Mauritius Limited), where he was responsible for a diverse client portfolio including Global Corporates, Intermediaries and HNW Private Clients.
His previous roles include Head of the NatWest Expatriate Service in the Isle of Man, Head of Retail Savings and Investments for Zurich Financial Services, and Managing Director of Close Brothers Group Offshore Banking Division.
Graham holds the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and has held multiple Board directorships and regulator-approved positions. He has served as a member of several industry bodies, including the Mauritius Bankers’ Association International Sub-Committee, Global Finance Mauritius and the Financial Services Promotion Committee.
CHIEF AUDIT EXECUTIVE
Sheila Ujoodha holds a BSc (Hons) in Accounting. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). Her memberships extend to the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors in the UK, Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants and Mauritius Institute of Directors. She joined British American Tobacco (Mauritius) as the Internal Audit Manager in 2001. In March 2005, she was employed as General Manager of the Risk & Audit Department of Rogers and was subsequently appointed as Chief Risk & Audit Executive in 2007. Sheila joined the Cim Group in the same capacity in October 2012.