Paul Failoni heads the Spinneys Abu Dhabi ( Liquor ) business . He has had great successes in his past role as General Manager of The Wine Studio, a specialist wine division under the Mathew Clark Group in the UK with experience in developing the business from logistics, finance and principal management to managing the on trade and retail selling teams across the UK. He has had a proven track record as a Regional Sales Manager in London & the South of England for Mathew Clark, managing a team to sell and activate a broad portfolio of wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.
Narendar has solid experience of around 20 years in accounting, finance and administration, He has worked around 16 years at various levels within finance domain in UAE . Narendar’s current role is to ensure preparation of trading, operational, performance and financial data in timely manner and to provide analysis of data to the intended recipients both internal and the external parties. He specialises in Mergers and Acquisitions and has spearheaded several such deals. In addition he also provides accurate financial and non-financial information for corporate, business and strategic decision making.
Paul Hopkins manages the Retail Channel of our business .He brings with him a wealth of experience as a WSET Diploma holder ,and qualified tutor for WSET and has advanced tasting assessment credentials . He has also managed several large Liquor Stores in his previous roles across Australia . Interestingly, as a part of his MBA program from Liverpool , Paul had his dissertation on the subject of consumer behavior in buying wine online. He seldom tastes the same wine twice..
Vijay Sundar manages the Human Resources , Quality & Training function of our company . He has a dual Masters degree in Science and a Masters in Human Resources. He is certified in Learning & Development, Psychometric Analyst, Trainer & Facilitator, and Compensation and Benefits. On the Quality front, Vijay is a Certified Lead Auditor in ISO 9001: 2008 , British Retail Consortium Standards , HACCP , and Environmental Management System. Vijay also happens to be the creative head for this website.
Ben is On Trade Manager for Spinneys Abu Dhabi. Ben joined Spinneys from MMI in Dubai where he was part of the On Trade Management team and developed a real understanding of the UAE hospitality sector since arriving in the
middle east in 2008.Prior to joining MMI , Ben was with Matthew Clark, a leading UK Wholesaler working in the London and South East region as a Regional Sales Manager working with some of the UK’s leading hospitality establishments.Before Matthew Clark Ben was the “Other side of the bar” working for London based Wine Bar and Restaurant company Balls Brothers of London, where he was a General Manager in the City of London.Ben has completed a Degree in Business Management and a Higher National Diploma in Hotel Management and has completed a higher WSET Certification.
Phil’s heads up the Spirits and Champagne categories for Spinneys. Phil started in the hospitality business 23 years ago first as a chef in the Cotswold’s and in London to manage numerous bars and restaurants. Phil then spent 10 years in the UK drinks market working for Cellar Trends, launching and building spirits brands in London’s cutting edge cocktail bar
scene. Phil then joined UK drinks wholesaler Matthew Clark managing their major accounts. Phil is proud of the world class selection of spirits Spinneys has to offer and is always seeking out new and interesting products from around the world.
Kyle manages the Beer Category as well as a team of beer technicians. Kyle started his career in hospitably at the Burj al Arab hotel, later moving back to South Africa to open a number of franchise restaurants. He returned to the UAE to help formulate and activate the now world-leading premium cabin service of Etihad Airways. Kyle began his career at Spinneys 3 years ago as a Key account manager and has now progressed to the forefront of our Beer Category that boasts some of the world’s leading brands.
Andrew is the only dedicated wine portfolio manager in the Abu Dhabi Market. Having been involved in wine for over 20 years, first as a consumer, then as a student at Roseworthy College, he has been in the region for close to 9 years and in the UAE for 6 of these. Andrew has an absolute passion for all things wine and is dedicated to help bring the best possible wine range into the Spinneys portfolio so that the market has the best choice of wines, wine regions and grape varieties, in order to have the best wine consuming experience that can be provided. At Spinneys, Andrew heads the Wine Category.
Mike was the Associate Director of Playford Ros Wine Merchants based in the U.K prior to joining Spinneys. He is now established within the UAE having worked with Spinneys for four years. His area of expertise is Wine & Champagne. Mike has completed his BA honors’ degree in Recreation and Tourism Management as well as the advanced WSET diploma course. Mike enjoys Rugby & Cricket and is the captain of the Spinneys Cricket team. At Spinneys, Mike is a Senior Key Accounts Manager.
Babu is a local lad , having spent all of his childhood in the UAE .His core strengths are in his customer relationship management . He has witnessed the transition of this great city and changes of dynamics and has been successful in leveraging this to the advantage of Spinneys. Babu is a diehard fan of Heineken.
At Spinneys, babu is a senior key accounts manager.
Ramshad is the Information Technology administrator of the company. He Supports the Spinneys Business in ensuring a professional, proactive IT and telecommunications service that achieves its business objectives in the most cost-effective way. Ramshad’s responsibility within the company is in maintaining robust, reliable, efficient and flexible telecommunication and computer-based systems and in carrying out practical, tested contingency plans covering unexpected business interruptions.
Alex is our warehouse In charge whose key responsibilities lie in planning and monitoring the storage, delivery and dispatch of orders; overseeing stock control and processing orders; ensuring quality, delivery times are met; fulfilling objectives and directions from the Retail & Sales Team. Alex has been with our company for about 14 years.