Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Patel was named President & Chief Operating Officer on February 1st 2018, and assumes all responsibility of the Company’s operating unit, and brings over 20 years of senior management and leadership experience to the position.
Mr. Patel joined Sakura Finetek as its Chief Financial Officer in July 2007 largely responsible for the financial and administrative functions of the Company, including treasury, taxation and information technology. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Patel was with Powerwave Technologies, where he served as their Global Operations Controller from 2003 to 2007, overseeing its production sites and supply chain management initiatives in the Americas, Europe and Asia. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Patel was Controller of Flowserve’s hydraulic pump manufacturing division, responsible for all of its finances, administration and operations. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Patel was part of Coca-Cola Enterprises, initially as their Western North American Group I.T. Director and later as Controller of their largest operating division in north America, where he was responsible for all of its centralized financial and accounting services. Before joining Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mr. Patel fulfilled several roles in multiple countries for AST Computers, ranging from Financial Manager (1990) to Worldwide Controller (1997). In 1989, he joined EMI Music as a Manufacturing Analyst for its cassette and vinyl production site in the UK. He started his career in 1984 as a Distribution Analyst for Schweppes Limited in London, UK, supporting its depot network operations.
Mr. Patel graduated from Nottingham Trent University (UK) with a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Accounting & Finance. He also graduated with an MBA and a Masters in Information Technology Management from DeVry University. He is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (London, UK).