Senior Management Team

Ron Peters


Ron is originally from Scotland and has been involved in the Leisure, Liquor and Hospitality industry for most of his career. Ron was appointed Director of Gulf Brands International in Jan 2021 which is a role which he will combine with his position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Gulf Hotels Group. Ron enjoys spending most of his leisure time in the outdoors and would view cycling and distance running as his main leisure activities.

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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.

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John-Paul Fox

E-Marketing & Insight Manager

John-Paul brings a wealth of client and agency side marketing experience to the Gulf Brands team. A passionate, degree educated marketer, Jp 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, Jp’s hobbies consist of playing guitar and following his native Scotland national football team as they attempt to qualify for a competitive tournament.

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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.

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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.

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Ashley Spittal

Head of Customer Support

Originally from Fife, Scotland, Ashley has spent the past 8 years in the GCC. Graduating from University she then pursued a career in retail management in the UK, working for some household names including Toys R Us. She returns to GBI, after a break to work in operations for an international fashion brand throughout the Gulf region, and brings with her a wealth of customer experience. In her spare time Ashley enjoys traveling to new countries and listening to an array podcasts.

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Jack Booth

Head of Home Shopping

Jack rejoined Gulf Brands International in April 2021 having been with the company for 4 years between 2013-2017. He spent the past 4 years gaining a wealth of experience in Singapore and most recently Indonesia. He launched the countries first fully integrated alcohol home delivery website while also successfully working alongside some of the nation’s largest marketplaces and liquor suppliers in growing the online business over a two year period. Jack will be using this knowledge to spearhead the development of Gulf Brands Internationals’ home delivery service.

In his spare time Jack enjoys working on his post graduate studies, going out with friends and finding out new ways to be let down by Everton.

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Bernadette Doorley

Wine Manager

Bernadette is from Ireland but has spent most of her working life in Malta where she worked in various alcohol related businesses including Duty Free at Malta International Airport and distribution and retail in the local market. After many years in the Mediterranean, she moved to the Gulf and spent time working in Dubai before moving to Bahrain in 2019.

Bernadette enjoys the world of wine both as a hobby and an occupation, especially discovering new wines and introducing them to curious wine lovers. Other interests include travel, food and nutrition, relaxing with yoga and haunting coffee shops.

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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.

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