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John Allwood

Non-executive chairman

John Allwood has spent his career in media and telecoms holding a number of senior positions including Non-Executive Director of TalkTalk Telecom plc, Chief Executive of Orange UK, Finance Director and Chief Executive of Mirror Group plc, Finance Director and COO of Mecom Group plc and Managing Director of Telegraph Media Group Limited.

John holds a B.A (Hons) in Economics and Statistics from Exeter University, as well as being a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Jay Patel

Group Chief Executive Officer

Jay is the Group CEO of IMImobile and is an experienced technology executive with over 25 years’ commercial experience through operational, investment and advisory roles. He has had a successful career working with fast growth businesses and has served as both an executive and non-executive director on the boards of both private and public companies over the last 15 years.

Currently he is the CEO of IMImobile PLC, a company he helped start in 2003 and which he led to a successful IPO in 2014. The company helps global blue-chip companies use the latest mobile and enabling technologies to improve customer engagement, the company employs over 1,100 people worldwide. In December 2020, Cisco announced its intention to acquire IMImobile PLC for $730m to further Cisco’s vision to create an offering that gives businesses the ability to create the world’s best customer experiences.

Previously, he was the co-founder of venture capital firm Spark Ventures PLC, where he led several successful investments, restructurings and exits in the technology sector across digital media and publishing, B2B software and B2C eCommerce. He has also worked in corporate finance roles at UBS Warburg and BSkyB and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. He has an MBA from INSEAD and an Economics degree from LSE.

Mike Jefferies

Group Chief Financial Officer

Mike joined IMImobile in 2010 when it acquired WIN plc. Since then Mike has headed the group finance function. Before that he worked for Star Trac Inc, a US based manufacturer and distributor of commercial fitness equipment and previous to that for Whirlpool Corporation. Mike has a degree in accounting and finance and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Vishwanath Alluri

Non-executive director and founder

Vish founded IMImobile with a vision of harnessing India’s intellectual resources to develop an IP centric technology company. While recognising the potential of the rapidly evolving mobile data space, Vish was aware that fast growth was needed to keep pace with ever changing technology. Vish therefore set out to build a company which would liberate mobile operators, enterprises and media companies of technological complexities thus enabling them to realise their revenue potential.

Vish has extensive experience in technology and was previously involved in setting up an Indian hi-tech consumer services company in the healthcare sector. Vish is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary.

Simon Paul Blagden, CBE

Independent non-executive director

Simon, CBE, has over 30 years' experience in the telecoms and IT industry, living and working in most regions of the world across a truly international career. Following 5 years at GEC Plessey as International Commercial Manager and then Country General Manager, Simon joined The Quante Group as UK Managing Director. In 1995, he joined Quante's main board as International CEO, with operations in over 50 countries worldwide, and he led the sale of the company to 3M in 2000. Simon was appointed non-executive Chairman of Fujitsu UK in 2005 and stepped down in 2019 having served for 15 years.

Simon was appointed a Member of The Order of The British Empire in 1997, and Commander of The Order of The British Empire in 2016 for services to the economy.

Shyam Bhat

Group Chief Technology Officer and Founder

Bhat is a founder of the business and has more than thirty years of experience in engineering and new product development. He is responsible for the creation of all the engineering and mobile products and platforms. Bhat is an engineering graduate from the highly prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.