Giift grows its leadership team, writes a new chapter Published-Jun 4, 2015
The company is growing its people expertise to drive expansion

Giift Services and Solutions, a UAE based payment and loyalty solutions company, recently appointed three experts from the fields of business development, marketing, to its group of leadership. Mr. Pulkit Kakar, Mr. Philip Antony Byrne and Mr. Simon Taylor were recently inducted into the company. With this expansion in its people expertise, Giift underscores a new growth strategy, to broaden its presence while simultaneously deepening its penetration as a brand and company.
Mr. Pulkit Kakar is appointed as Giift’s Chief Financial Officer. He would advise the team on investment strategies across global markets, associations with investors, business planning and partnerships. During his 15 years of experience, Mr. Kakar has delved with various facets of the financial stream including Fund Raising, Treasury, Investor Relations, Business and Strategic Planning. He has served within a gamut of sectors - manufacturing and real estate, different company profiles from private equity, start-ups to conglomerates. In India, he has served at the Birla Group, DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited, Emaar MGF, IREO (India Dedicated Real estate Fund). His Last role was with Raheja Developers as Senior Vice President-Finance.

Mr. Philip Antony Byrne will fulfil the role of Director of Global Accounts Management at Giift. He will be principally responsible for the management and growth of relationships with leading financial institutions across Middle East, Africa and South Asia, engaging with clients to grow transaction volumes which drive loyalty point accrual and redemptions. Mr. Byrne’s work portfolio has earned him knowledge and experience across both the UK and MENA regions covering the full mix of sales, marketing, product management and distribution. He has served as Head of Cards Division at Commercial Bank International in UAE, as Business Development Leader at Visa, Global Head of Arab Bank Plc’s Cards Business, besides also having worked at Norwich Union Insurance (part of AVIVA Plc) and Alliance & Leicester Bank (now part of Santander Group).

Mr. Simon Taylor has been appointed by Giift as the Director of Market Development, to develop new business relationships in the Middle East region and beyond. Simon - a British-born banker who started his career in Wealth Management with Prudential Assurance, then spent 19 years in a range of Wealth Management, Retail Banking, Mortgage and Credit risk positions with Lloyds Banking Group. He moved to the UAE in 2004 to join the International Wealth team in the Offshore Banking Division from his former base in Central Scotland, UK where he developed the wealth team in Retail Banking. His last position from 2012 was as VP - Head of Sadara Privileged Banking & Wealth Management at United Arab Bank.
“Our approach to growth has always been a complete circle, involving our people, skills, products and market reach. We welcome three experts into our organization, who will lend much support as we expand. Their experience will strengthen our focus and deliverables, in turn propelling our overall growth,” says Prashant Khattar, Founder and Managing Director of Giift Services & Solutions.

Giift carries with it the spirit to a focused approach, challenging odds, creating new inroads, within a short span of time. With an expansion of its professional expertise, Giift further penetrates its acumen to achieve.  

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