Senior Management Team

Travis Thompson

General Manager

Having previously led the on-trade team at Gulf Brands International, Travis rejoins at the helm of the company and brings an abundance of liquor experience gained working across multiple markets in the UK and Middle East.  Passionate and energetic, Travis works closely with suppliers and customers to ensure the Gulf Brands international portfolio is strongly represented in the Bahrain market.

Outside of work Travis enjoys spending time with his young family experiencing the many cultural activities the island has to offer.

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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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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 over 20 years ago. Rajan enjoys trying out different food and beverage specialities from around the world and loves the outdoors.

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Kristina Gribinets

E-commerce & Insight Manager

Kristina joined Gulf Brands International in April 2022, arriving with 11 years of experience at Coca-Cola Bottling. In her role as marketing manager she was responsible to drive business growth through multi-channel marketing initiatives aligned with business priorities.

Kristina likes to spend her free time with friends and relaxing on the beach. She also enjoys working out and getting early morning runs in.

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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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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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Sivaprasad P.M.

Sales Manager

Siva graduated a bachelor of arts in political science. Since then he has gathered over 18 years of sales experience in the FMCG, tobacco and alcohol industries. He has been with Gulf Brands International now for 9 years growing relationships across numerous on premise accounts in Bahrain. In his spare time Siva is a family man who loves playing a range of sports including cricket, badminton and table-tennis.

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Sooraj Gopinanthan

Sales Manager

Sooraj joins Gulf Brands International having gained over 18 years experience in both distribution and sales roles.  He has focused his career within the FMCG and liquor industries. Most recently focusing within on premise sales across Bahrain.  Sooraj is passionate about all things football and lists both Manchester United and Argentina as his two favourite teams.

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Maurice Urbano

Account Manager

Maurice is a graduate of Business Administration majoring in management within the restaurant sector. He started working at Gulf Brands international within the retail division and has worked his his way up to his current role as Account Manager within the sales team.
A keen foodie Maurice enjoys his weekends going out with family and friends sampling Bahrain’s wide of range of gastronomical offerings.

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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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